CHICAGO — The Chicago Community Trust is launching a program to help community groups and resident leaders create change in their neighborhoods.
The pilot program, called the Changemakers Network, will provide grant funding to community organizers so they can learn from each other, share best practices and strengthen the community’s voice to create longterm change. The trust will award 10-12 grants of up to $200,000 over two years and winners will participate in a peer-learning cohort to support their organizing efforts, according to a news release.
Changemakers Network proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 14. To view the application and learn more about the process, click here.
There are three informational sessions about the program this week:
- Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Chicago Community Trust, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2200. To register, email Larissa Mariano at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 17.
- 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Zoe Life International Ministries, 5141 W. Madison St. Register for the session here.
- Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at National Black Wall Street Chicago, 4655 S. Martin Luther King Drive, on the second floor. Register for the session here.
In November, the trust announced its new strategic plan, which focuses its discretionary funds on addressing racial and ethnic wealth inequity. The Changemakers Network aims to build collective power through stronger networks that help communities plan and implement projects, respond to a crisis or mobilize for change.
“The trust’s commitment to building a connected and thriving Chicago region requires us to help create the conditions for resident relationship networks to develop and expand at the community level,” said Daniel Ash, senior vice president of community impact at the Chicago Community Trust. “This pilot initiative seeks to strengthen community-led efforts in Chicago and underscores the belief that power emerges when people set their own agendas rather than respond to ones set by others.”