Grantee Profile

Greater Chatham Initiative

Grants to Greater Chatham Initiative

  • $500,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Over 250 individuals and organizations have joined together to form the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI), a comprehensive community change initiative that seeks to revitalize five contiguous neighborhoods on the Southside of Chicago.  Support is provided to GCI’s efforts to make the community one of both opportunity and choice by connecting resident job seekers and businesses to sources of regional market opportunities, by revitalizing and upgrading housing while restoring market activity, and by enhancing the community’s array of retail, support services and other community amenities.  The initiative also seeks to leverage public-sector investments in safety, schools, parks and other infrastructure to set the stage for attracting, growing and sustaining private-sector investment and middle class residents.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Greater Chatham Initiative $500,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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