Onward Wins 2018 Acting Up Award!


Onward Neighborhood House Selected as 2018 “Acting Up” Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Onward Neighborhood House has been selected as a recipient of The Chicago Community Trust Acting Up awards. 

Onward will use this grant to hold our first ever Belmont Cragin Art Walk; designed to connect our families and members of the greater Belmont Cragin area to art, music, and businesses within the community. The event is scheduled for a Friday in October.

“We’re very excited to expand our popular Viernes Cultural // Cultural Friday event into the community,” Executive Director Mario García said.

On May 8, Chicagoland residents gathered across the city and suburbs for The Chicago Community Trust’s fifth annual On the Table – coming together in small groups for mealtime conversations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their communities and to share ideas on what they can do to make a difference. To encourage On the Table participants to move their ideas from discussion to action and support tangible activities that benefit neighborhoods, the Trust created the Acting Up awards.

On the Table provides a forum for residents to come together, make connections and come up with ideas to make our communities better,” said Daniel Ash, chief marketing officer, The Chicago Community Trust. “The Acting Up awards will help make some of these ideas a reality – we can’t wait to hear about the impact that these projects will have across the region.”

Working in partnership with Goodcity, the Trust gave away more than $150,000 to 37 projects this year – in an effort to help people to work together and take action for the public good. Over the past three years, Acting Up awards totaling more than $350,000 have been given to 167 diverse projects discussed during On the Table. View all the winning entries here.

Contact Nikki Way to learn how you can get involved in the Art Walk.

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About The Chicago Community Trust

The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives and communities. For the past century, we have connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. Since our founding in 1915, the Trust has awarded over $2 billion in grant funding to more than 11,000 local nonprofit organizations – including more than $300 million in 2017. Our region is home to people passionate about their neighborhoods. People committed to making a difference. People divided by a legacy of segregation, separated by lines of class and races and opportunity – but there is much more that unites us than divides us. We pledge to bridge these divisions and to champion the common good, creating a place where no one is left behind.