2019 Funding Announcement

Dear Greater Bronzeville Community Partners and Stakeholders:

Bright Star Community Outreach (BSCO) is excited to share the news of an award we received from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Nearly a year ago, BSCO and other community organizations were awarded grants from MacArthur to support work in our various communities.  Since the award, BSCO has been planning to ensure that, programming and capacity in Greater Bronzeville will be strengthened.

As convener and not competitor, BSCO will award $624,000 of the $1 Million Dollar grant that we received in three (3) grant cycles.  On Monday, July 29th, BSCO will release a request for Letters of Intent (LOI) for Community Grants that will be awarded in December 2019. We will provide two opportunities for the community to gain additional information on the application process as well as the Greater Bronzeville Community Action Plan that is the framework for the grant proposals.

As a part of the application process, community organizations will be invited to participate in capacity building seminars.  BSCO has partnered with experts in Grantmaking, Fundraising, Board Development, Data Collection and Evaluation and Financial Management.  These partners include, but are not limited to: Chicago Cares, School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago (CCYVP), Chicago Community Trust, Forefront and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  These seminars are available to any community partner in an effort to provide support whether they are invited to submit a full Request for Proposal or not.

As we consider the work that we will embark upon in the future, we are encouraged by a quote by Cesar Chaves.  “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sake and for our own.”  BSCO endeavors to embody these words.  We desire to intentionally build up the Greater Bronzeville Community and beyond by providing financial support, in-kind resources as well as relationships and connections to additional funding opportunities. 

We are thankful for MacArthur’s contribution that is allowing us to begin making grants in our community.  We are convinced funders in the philanthropic and corporate communities are seeking to make local impact through collaborative partnerships. We envision MacArthur’s support as the beginning of an abundance of resources that will be used to support the residents within our reach. 

 In His Service,

Pastor Chris Harris

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