Whole Cities Foundation, in partnership with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, is proud to announce the winners of the third annual Greater Englewood Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant!
Each summer since 2016, Englewood nonprofits with food access projects have applied for a grant of up to $8,000. In an innovative community voting process, the people of Englewood determine which groups are awarded. Over the last three years, residents of Greater Englewood have chosen to fund community gardens, mobile markets, bucket gardens, and even a healthy food vending machine.
Community participation has steadily grown, and in 2018, over 1,400 residents cast their vote!
We are excited and honored for the opportunity to partner with the organizations chosen by the community for their vision of a healthy Greater Englewood.
Here are this year’s winners, along with their plans for the awarded funds. Please join us in congratulating them all!
Imagine Englewood if…will add more than 10 new raised garden beds to their community garden to teach local youth and residents about urban agriculture while providing fresh produce to the neighborhood.
I Grow Chicago will purchase an environmentally-friendly irrigation system to reduce the time spent manually watering the garden. With the time saved, staff members will teach gardening and nutrition classes to residents.
The Southwest Federation Block Clubs of Greater Englewood will teach residents how to grow vegetables in buckets and will lead healthy eating workshops in the neighborhood.
Englewood Village Farms will expand its urban farm production and train local farmers by purchasing equipment including a storage station, hoop houses, and soil.
Kusanya Cafe will add water access to their community garden and build raised garden beds to rent to the community. The café will also serve as a pop-up market for local gardeners selling fresh produce.