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Want A Park Or School In Your Neighborhood? Chicago Works Community Challenge Will Give You $1.5 Million To Make It A Reality

The city is asking people and community groups to submit ideas for public works projects. Seven winning ideas will get up to $1.5 million in funding.

The rehabbed swing set at Kosciuszko Park at 2732 N. Avers Ave.
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CHICAGO — People with ideas for parks, schools and other public works projects can submit their plans to the city for a chance to get up to $1.5 million in funding.

The city is holding the Chicago Works Community Challenge, asking people, nonprofits and community groups to submit public works ideas for a shot at the funding. In all, the city will give out $10 million to seven projects in different parts of Chicago, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.

Eligible projects would include public parks, schools, libraries and city-run community centers. The projects would need to be in vacant, city-owned lots. Applications are due by Aug. 30 and can be submitted online.

Submissions will go through a “thorough community engagement and evaluation process,” according to the Mayor’s Office.

Seven winning projects will be picked by the end of the year based on community input, how they’d impact their communities, their design and feasibility.

An informational webinar will be held 6 p.m. June 9 for members of the public who want to submit an idea.

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