Grantee Profile

Southwest Organizing Project

Grants to Southwest Organizing Project

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    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 $998,500 between 1978 and 2016.

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