Open Call for Ideas: Grants

Grants Made to Date

Center for Neighborhood Technology ($150,000)
Launches the Transportation Equity Network, a coalition of community groups, equitable transportation advocates, local leaders, and other stakeholders in Chicago and suburban Cook County. The network will equip advocates to work with decision-makers to embed equity into transportation via community-driven decisions and investments.

Delta Institute ($200,000)
With the Illinois Port and its new Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning-created Master Plan as an anchor, this project analyzes sustainable industry prospects at the Port and in surrounding neighborhoods and engages private sector interests in those analyses.

Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative ($150,000)
Terra Firma is a land care initiative that will clean, green, fence, activate, and maintain over 205 acres of vacant land on Chicago’s mid-South Side. Through these efforts, Terra Firma will promote neighborhood beautification, resident well-being, violence reduction, local entrepreneurship, community employment, and increased property values. They will seek to leverage public, private, and philanthropic capital to partner with their Commercial Corridor Collaborative and green industry experts Greencorps Chicago. The program is modeled on the Philadelphia LandCare Program, which allows them to project outcomes based on a similar set of circumstances including vacant land, job training requirements, and the scalability of the model. 

Henry Williams Love Foundation ($125,000)
The Henry Williams Love Foundation (HWLF) wants to establish the first shared learning and small business maker incubation space in the Southland that propels people and businesses. Many Southland innovators travel to Chicago to participate in entrepreneurship training. There are currently insufficient resources to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises, social entrepreneurs, new nonprofits, or provide support to help these types of businesses earn and attract revenue. The South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative cites innovation and entrepreneurship in its plan but does not explicitly account for this type of business development and support. HWLF can fill that gap by sparking entrepreneurship across the Southland with the Southland Propellor.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Quality of Life ($175,000)
LISC has supported the development and implementation of Quality-of-Life Plans (QLPs) by community leaders and residents in 27 Chicago neighborhoods garnering more than $900 million in investments aligned in support of community visions. During the process, LISC provides capacity, technical and financial support to community partners and, when completed, provides support and resources for implementation. Eleven neighborhoods recently applied to begin a pre-QLP engagement process. LISC chose Far South Chicago (Roseland/Pullman) and South Shore to move forward in the engagement and asset mapping process and begin a six-month engagement phase. Support from the Trust will allow one or both to move forward to create a QLP and launch an implementation process.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation: INVEST South/West Neighborhood Circles ($200,000)
INVEST South/West (ISW) is a strategic shift in city policy to accelerate economic development on the South and West sides. ISW prioritizes 12 commercial corridors in 10 neighborhoods by investing public funding in projects to catalyze private investment. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has engaged LISC to identify and support corridor managers to be responsible for the technical aspects of moving corridor projects forward. LISC proposes adding to this by leveraging our relationships with community organizations to create consensus around ISW projects through neighborhood roundtables to review and prioritize investments from the City and build a sustained system for direct engagement between neighborhoods and DPD.

Trust for Public Land ($50,000)
Replicates a national network of organizations helping to reimagine underused public infrastructure. The Chicago network would convene community leaders, elected officials, and city planners to learn from one another, identify areas of need and opportunity, and complete projects that deliver social, environmental, health, and economic benefits for Chicagoans.