April 20, 2024

Mayor Brandon Johnson and the Division of Household and Assist Providers (DFSS) introduced the Metropolis of Chicago’s My CHI. My Future. (MCMF) Micro-Grant Program. SGA Youth and Household Providers (SGA) will administer the first-ever program to make small grants obtainable to community-based, youth-serving organizations which can be creating new or enhancing current alternatives for constructive youth engagement in specified Neighborhood Technique Areas.

“Investing in our younger folks is a trademark of my administration and a precedence for me personally,” stated Mayor Brandon Johnson. “In too many communities in our metropolis, significantly on the South and West Sides, there aren’t sufficient community-based assets that have interaction our younger folks. These micro-grants are a step in direction of rectifying that disinvestment by offering funding for protected, productive areas for our younger folks and for households in their very own communities.”

In whole, $600,000 might be distributed in micro-grants throughout the 15 MCMF Neighborhood Technique Areas with $40,000 designated for every Area. Candidates can request between $2,500 to $10,000 for programming that serves youth throughout out-of-school time (e.g. evenings, weekends, or faculty breaks). Funds can’t be used for normal working bills.

“Programming and companies for youth are central to our mission at DFSS,” stated DFSS Commissioner Brandie Knazze. “We’re grateful that now we have companions like SGA who’ve greater than a century of expertise serving Chicago’s youth and households.”

In December 2023, SGA was chosen by DFSS by means of a Request for Proposals (RFP) course of to manage this micro-grant program as a consequence of their lengthy historical past of serving Chicago’s youth and households. SGA has been serving the Chicago neighborhood since 1911 and might be primarily answerable for deciding on and administering the micro-grants to profitable candidates. The aim of this program is to strengthen community-based approaches to youth engagement by offering significant and productive programming youth and households.

“SGA could be very excited to work with the Metropolis on the My CHI. My Future. Micro-Grant Program,” says Martha Guerrero, SGA CEO & President. “As an company that has served Chicago’s youth for greater than 100 years, we’re proud to carry this new challenge to life to assist smaller organizations improve constructive youth growth of their neighborhoods.”

The Neighborhood Areas Served by this program are as follows: Auburn Gresham, Austin, New Metropolis, Belmont Cragin, Brighton Park, Chicago Garden, Gage Park, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, Englewood, West Englewood, Better Grand Crossing, Pullman, Roseland Space, West Pullman, Humboldt Park, South Lawndale, North Lawndale, and South Shore.

The packages should serve youth ages six to 24 years outdated and at the least 50% of the individuals should be from at the least one of many underrepresented populations as described beneath:

• People with disabilities (i.e., bodily impaired, visually impaired, and so on.)

• People attending Choices Excessive Faculties

• People who’re English as a Second Language learners

• People which can be experiencing homelessness/unstably housed

• People positioned within the foster care system

• People who’re justice-involved (i.e., parole, probation)

• Alternative youth outlined as out of faculty and out of labor

The grant software is on the market beginning on March 8, 2024, and the deadline to use is April twelfth, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Any questions from candidates ought to be directed to [email protected]. candidates can go to sga-youth.org/micro-grants/ to study extra.