Community Project Funding

Proposed Recipient Recipient Address Requested Amount The explanation of the request, including purpose, and a justification for why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds Member’s signed certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project.
Austin People’s Action Center 5125 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
$450,000 Providing funding for technology training to disadvantaged and marginalized youth is a good use of taxpayer funds because it provides pathways to engage in education, encourage postsecondary education in technology fields, and reduce the racial tech gap. Austin People’s Action Center Technology Initiative
Bright Leadership Institute 5820 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644
$502,500 Providing funding to expand out-of-school programs that provide mentoring and enrichment, career and entrepreneurship opportunities, and coding experience to youth ages 12-18 is a good use of taxpayer funds because it helps reconnect youth at-risk for disengagement from school or criminal justice involvement to their communities.  Community Leadership and Career Connection Program
Centers for New Horizons  4150 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
$450,000 Providing funding for the renovation of the historic Elam House is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will substantially expand critical social services to women and children with histories of trauma and poverty. Elam House Renovation
East-West University 816 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
$240,000 Providing funding to upgrade administrative and educational technology is a good use of taxpayer funds because it strengthens student services and increases student success in courses and completion. Strengthening and Increasing Student Success
Fifth City Chicago Reformulation Corporation 3350 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60624
$475,000 Providing funding for facility renovations of a local community center is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will substantially expand access to important social services - such as job training, food assistance, and youth activities. Fifth City Chicago Renovation Project
Habilitative Systems, Inc. 415 S. Kilpatrick Ave
Chicago, IL 60644
$500,000 Providing funding for facility renovations and equipment is a good use of taxpayer funds because it continues essential physical and mental health services in a safe and fully-accessible environment. HSI Capital Improvement Project
Rush University Medical Center 1700 West Van Buren Street
Suite 265
Chicago, IL  60612
$650,000 Providing funding for high-caliber information technology programming in Chicago is a good use of taxpayer dollars because it helps youth who are currently under-represented in STEM fields to enter and succeed in these in-demand, well-paying careers.   The Rush Education and Career Hub for Information Technology (REACH for IT)
Sankofa Safe Child Initiative  4041 W. Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60624
$265,892 Providing funding to expand trauma-informed mental health services to adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system and their families is a good use of taxpayer dollars because programs like these have been shown to counteract negative outcomes such as mental health disorders, aggression, and continued involvement with the criminal justice system.  Sankofa Safe Child Initiative - Mental Health Community Project
Urban Transformation Network 4386 W. Ogden
Chicago, IL 60623
$263,885 Providing funding to expand out-of-school programs in urban agriculture and green technology via aquaponics to high school students is a good use of taxpayer funds because it develops interest in and expands diversity within careers related to science and urban agriculture.  Urban Youth Green Afterschool Program
Village of Maywood Village Hall
40 Madison Street
Maywood, IL 60153
$620,969 Providing funding for law-enforcement-led youth-engagement activities is a good use of taxpayer dollars because it promotes positive relationships with residents and provides educational and cultural opportunities for youth. Maywood Alternative Policing Strategies, Junior (MAPS, JR)