Southwest Organizing Project
Grants to Southwest Organizing Project
2012 (Duration 1 year)
MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), a premier Chicago community organizing agency, is a coalition of 29 constituent organizations that develops leaders with diverse backgrounds and educational levels to address a range of issues in its Southwest Chicago neighborhoods. SWOP will use the award for three purposes: to purchase a building to house the organization's offices and to provide meeting space; to build technology capacity to strengthen its organizing work; and to create an Opportunity Fund to enable SWOP's resident leaders to stay informed about social and economic trends by providing opportunities to learn from policy experts and community organizers nationally and internationally.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Southwest Organizing Project $750,000 between 2003 and 2013.