Southwest Organizing Project was awarded $2,023,500 between 1998 and 2017, including 7 grants in Community & Economic Development, Chicago Commitment, What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance, and MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

$1,000,000

2017 • 4 years • Chicago Commitment

The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) was formed in 1996 with a mission to build a broad-based coalition of churches, mosques, schools, businesses, and other institutions in Southwest Chicago. It plans and implements community improvement initiatives in a cluster of neighborhoods that were a historic center of resistance to racial integration. Today, SWOP and its 37 constituent organizations work to develop local leaders with varying racial, ethnic, and faith backgrounds and educational levels to address common concerns. These include ending predatory lending and foreclosures, reducing violence, protecting the civil liberties of immigrants, and improving achievement in local schools. Building on a pilot effort operated over the past four years, which resulted in the rehabilitation of 80 of the 93 vacant properties in a subsection of the neighborhood, SWOP now launches the Reclaiming Southwest Chicago Campaign. Through the campaign, SWOP is significantly scaling up the rehabilitation of vacant homes, while simultaneously improving school performance and public safety. The combination of these efforts is designed to attract private investors and new home buyers, improve the quality of life, and thereby restore normal housing market functions in a large part of Southwest Chicago.

$25,000

2017 • 8 months

Founded in 1980, the Southwest Organizing Project brings together the resources and talents of people in its surrounding communities to collectively work on issues of social justice and racial and gender equality. Through its advocacy, organizing, and direct action Southwest Organizing Project works on issues of environmental justice, food justice, youth rights, feminism, and civic engagement. This award enables Southwest Organizing Project to support the legal needs of its community members in response to shifts in federal immigration law and policy, provide community education workshops, and begin the process for the organization to become certified with the Board of Immigration Appeals.

$750,000

2012 • 1 year • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

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.

$100,000

2001 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development

To improve neighborhood safety in the Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, Archer Heights, and Gage Park communities (over two years).

$50,000

2000 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

To support organizing efforts in the Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, Archer Heights, and Gage Park neighborhoods.

$48,500

1998 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

To support community organizing to improve neighborhood safety.

$50,000

1998 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

To support community organizing to improve neighborhood safety.

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