RFP: Here’s your chance to get funding to help your project revitalize riverfront neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Community Trust has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the Our Great Rivers grant.

The Trust is seeking proposals for river-related planning, placemaking, urban design, public access, public awareness, research, policy development, advocacy/organizing, economic development, and brick-and-mortar pre-development.

For this cycle, the Trust will prioritize projects that align with “River Sites of Interest”* and advance the goals of the living, inviting or productive themes from the Our Great Rivers vision.

The River Ecology and Governance Task Force consists of local, state, and federal government agencies, civic and community organizations, and local institutions, and is administered by the Chicago Department of Planning.

One of the Task Force’s key initiatives has been to work with rivers-focused stakeholders to identify locations for future river related enhancements. As part of a series of workshops hosted in 2021, eighty-two (82) such “River Sites of Interest” have been identified.

These are a set of potential locations for habitat restoration, stormwater mitigation, and recreation that have been identified through an in-process United States Army Corps of Engineers study.

Many of these sites also represent opportunities for community development activities and river access improvements. See the map of River Sites of Interest here.

Letters of interest are due on Friday, February 10, 2023.

Images courtesy of North River Commission.

Learn more and apply here.

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