2017 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment
Established in 2009, Sweet Water Foundation works with youth, their families, and other local residents to transform the ecology of blighted neighborhoods in Chicago. Sweet Water combines urban agriculture, art, and project-based education to transform classrooms, vacant lots, and abandoned buildings. Nestled between the Washington Park and Englewood communities, the Sweet Water Foundation's Perry Avenue Commons site has become a model of 21st century sustainable community development, attracting thousands of locals and visitors annually. This institutional support award enables the organization to develop a strategic plan, strengthen its fundraising capacity, and scale its operations.