During these uncertain challenging times, it is heartwarming to hear some positive news on local health. Be it emotional, physical or economical, it is all equally welcome. The Chicago Prize was just awarded to ‘Always Growing Auburn Gresham.’ This $10 million grant is from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation as an investment into endeavors which utilize developments which act as catalysts to economic activity while bolstering civic infrastructure and enhance safety, wellness and economic mobility of local residents.
Green Era Partners, the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, the Urban Growers Collective are part of the entity that makes up ‘Always Growing, Auburn Gresham.’ The individual organizations are led by Erika Allen, Jason Feldman and Carlos Nelson. According to Nelson:
Always Growing, Auburn Gresham is a collaborative of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, Urban Growers Collective and Green Era Partners, led by Carlos Nelson, Erika Allen and Jason Feldman, respectively. According to Nelson:
“Our team has worked incredibly hard since the inception of this project to make this dream a reality for the Auburn Gresham community. The time and effort we have put into this project reflects the love we have for our community and the people who live here.”
Another local award came from the CityArts Program in conjunction with the Year of Chicago Music. Offering operating grants from $2-3,000 and special projects grants from $2,500-$5,600, close to 200 non-profit organizations will benefit. Of this, Mayor Lightfoot said:
“The COVID-19 outbreak is devastating the creative sector, and the need is tremendous. In these very challenging times, the City of Chicago is supporting its local arts organizations through the CityArts Program, other cultural grant programs and the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund. Still, we hope that other public and private sources of funding step up to ensure the sector’s immediate and long-term viability.”
Over the last four years, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has more than doubled its operating expenses, creating funds that can be used in whatever way the recipient needs.