Grantee Profile

Southwest Organizing Project

Grants to Southwest Organizing Project

  • $25,000

    2017 (Duration 8 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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 (Inactive Grant)

    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.

  • $100,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

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

  • $50,000

    2000 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

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

  • $50,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support community organizing to improve neighborhood safety.

  • $48,500

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support community organizing to improve neighborhood safety.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Southwest Organizing Project $1,023,500 between 1978 and 2017.

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