Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the SECC's Neighborhood Enhancement Grant.

Please note you will not be able to save your answers in survey monkey. Before you begin, please prepare the following info to complete this application (and include your project name in the file name) :

-Project Budget*
-Board of Directors List, if applicable or Project Committee list.
-Resumes of those managing project
-Photographs of current site
-Renderings of the project
-Project timeline
-A long-term maintenance plan.
-A letter of support from the private property owner or elected official if City-owned.  Letters from appropriate Aldermanic office or government agency is required for non-private property.

*Describe additional resources you can commit to this project. Include a detailed budget identifying all sources and uses of funds for this project. Identify in-kind contributions of labor and materials and volunteer assistance. Funds may not be used for personnel or operational costs. Paid contractors may be considered but are not preferred. 

Interested groups must demonstrate their expertise and track record in organizing volunteers, raising necessary funds, and completing neighborhood projects within a timely manner. Preference will be given to groups providing matching funds to complete the proposed project.

Attachments MUST be included with the submission.  Please include the project name in the file's name.  (Example.  KenwoodGardens_budget2019.pdf, where "Kenwood Gardens is the project.)

Successful grant recipients will receive a maximum of $4,000 per organization.  Submission of this application does not guarantee funding. 

Grant submissions are reviewed and considered based on the strength of the proposal and the breadth of potential community impact. The grant award amount is based upon the proposed project.

SPECIAL PROJECTS: For 2020, in partnership with Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), two special projects will be selected that are located within a ½ mile of the Greenline CTA stations at 51st Street, Garfield Blvd. or 63rd Street and Cottage Grove. Selected projects will be awarded an additional $1,000 to conduct a walkability assessment near their project site and can be used for administration and staffing on the project. CLOCC (Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children), a partner of PHIMC, will be conducting trainings (with each project team awarded this special funding) on how to use the walkability assessment tool. The training will be mandatory for selected projects. CLOCC will also provide the tool itself. SECC staff will support in analyzing the data found with this tool. Please refer below for more information on walkability. 

Proposed projects must:
-Be located in one of the following neighborhoods:  Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park, or Woodlawn
-Be highly visible from the street
-Be completed between August 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
-Physically enhance the neighborhood and build on the character and uniqueness of the community
-Strengthen civic pride and a strong sense of community
-Be sustainable
-Each proposal will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the community

Refer to program description for additional requirements. Additional information, requirements and criteria are listed in the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program description at