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Community Project Funding Requests

The application for Community Project Funding Requests has closed.

Below is a list of FY22 Community Project Funding Requests submitted by the Office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. The requests are listed in alphabetical order. You can also view these requests on the Community Funding Requests press release.

Recipient: Chicago Public Schools
Recipient Address: 11710 South Morgan Street Chicago, IL, 60643 (Thomas J. Higgins Elementary School for Fine and Performing Arts); 7433 South Dorchester Avenue Chicago, IL, 60619 (James Madison Elementary School for Fine and Performing Arts); 7651 South Homan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60652 (Sarah E. Goode High School for STEM); 6650 South Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (James Wadsworth Elementary School for STEM); 7424 South Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60621 (Stagg Elementary School for Personalized Learning); 1140 West 66th Street Chicago, IL 60621 (Perkins Bass Elementary School for Personalized Learning)
Amount of Request: $495,000
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $495,000 for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Arts Revitalization program. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would revitalize and modernize programs at six schools in the 1st Congressional District, with a focus on schools that are either Fine and Performing Arts schools, STEM schools, or Personalized Learning Schools.

Recipient: Christian Community Health Center
Recipient Address: 9718 S Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60628
Amount of Request: $19,900
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $19,900 for the purchase of ultrasound imaging technology as a community project funding request. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because CCHC does not currently have equipment to offer ultrasound imaging for Obstetrics Gynecology (OB/GYN) services.

Recipient: Common Threads
Recipient Address: 249 East 37th Street, Chicago, IL 60653 (Chicago Youth Centers–Elliott Donnelley Youth Center); 535 East 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616 (Doolittle Elementary); 4414 South Evans Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653 (Carter G. Woodson South Elementary School); 5480 South Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615 (Hyde Park Neighborhood Club); 6330 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago); 11030 South Longwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60643 (Morgan Park United Methodist Church); 1250 West 119th Street, Chicago, IL 60643 (Kroc Center Chicago); 11533 South Ada Street, Chicago, IL 60643 (John Whistler Elementary School); 8300 South St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60652 (Ashburn Community Elementary School); 2601 West 80th Street, Chicago, IL 60652 (Carroll-Rosenwald Specialty Elementary School); 8445 South Kolin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60652 (Durkin Park Elementary School); 3810 West 81st Place, Chicago, IL 60652 (Charles Gates Dawes Elementary School); 6938 South Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60629 (Francis M. McKay Elementary School); 409 West 80th Street, Chicago, IL 60620 (Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School); 6741 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Charles S Brownell Elementary School); 3434 West 77th Street, Chicago, IL 60652 (Hampton Fine And Performing Arts Elementary School); 644 West 71st Street, Chicago, IL 60621 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Social Justice); 8306 South St. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619 (Arthur Dixon Elementary School)
Amount of Request: $62,600
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $62,600 for in-school and after-school cooking and nutrition education programs as a community project funding request. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because equitable access to engaging health education and nutritious food is a critical part of our public health response to this crisis, both in the short-term to help families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and in the long-term to address harmful disparities.

Recipient: Community Assistance Programs
Recipient Address: 1226-1236 East 75th Street, Chicago, IL 60619
Amount of Request: $100,000
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $100,000 for the CAPs Workforce Campus as a community project funding request. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this project will support 3,000 job seekers annually by providing temporary dorm regulated housing to support training and job placement completion. This unique project will increase employment for unemployed returning citizens (ex-offenders), foster youth, disconnected youth, seniors, and TANF and SNAP recipients, creating productive, taxpaying members of society through a roster of over 4,000 employers.

Recipient: Friend Family Health Center
Recipient Address: 6250 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Amount of Request: $250,000
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $250,000 for the relocation of Friend Family Health Center to the heart of the Woodlawn community as a community project funding request. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this investment would bring a state-of-the-art health center, offering integrated, high quality medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder, immediate care clinic and mammogram/ultrasound services to a "medically underserved area" predominantly serving low to moderate income individuals. This project creates an additional 100 construction jobs and brings 276 permanent full-time jobs.

Recipient:Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp
Recipient Address:839-845 West 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620
Amount of Request:$100,000
Explanation of Request:This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $100,000 for the design, construction, and integration of the Healthy Hub's Green Roof as a community project funding request. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will provide an adaptive reuse of a prominent, long vacant building on a key south side corridor. Individuals from early childhood to senior citizens will seek out the safe, outdoor learning environment, and the green roof will have a rainwater collection system and serve to reduce the urban heat island effect.

Recipient: Illinois College of Optometry
Recipient Address: 3241 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Amount of Request: $300,000
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $300,000 for advanced diagnostic and teaching instruments to treat patients with glaucoma and care coordination to improve care for glaucoma patients. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because over the past several years, the Illinois Eye Institute (the clinical division of the Illinois College of Optometry) has seen an increasing number of glaucoma patients, many with advanced glaucoma. This funding will help the Illinois Eye Institute more effectively manage patients and prevent severe vision loss.

Recipient: Leo High School
Recipient Address: 7901 South Sangamon Street, Chicago, IL 60620
Amount of Request: $150,000
Explanation of Request: This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $150,000 for a robotics academy to reduce the digital divide and provide STEM education as a community project funding request. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Leo High School services students from 26 zip codes and 97% are free and reduced lunch. Research has shown that exposure to STEM for minority students increases the likelihood of them entering into that field. Furthermore, there is a massive underrepresentation of minorities in STEM industries.

Recipient:Nehemiah Group (d/b/a Chicago Eco House)
Recipient Address:6439 South Peoria Street, Unit 2, Chicago, IL 60621
Amount of Request: $25,000
Explanation of Request:This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $25,000 for the Chicago Eco House Prison to Flower Farm Project. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer fund because it is an investment in Chicago's at-risk youth and in the economic vitality of the South Side.

Recipient:Robbins Park District
Recipient Address:13800 South Trumbull Avenue, Robbins, IL 60472
Amount of Request: $160,000
Explanation of Request:This funding is intended to provide a funding level of $160,000 for the Robbins Park District Community Center Repairs & Restoration. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would provide the residents of an economically deprived community a safe and high-quality facility within their community for recreational activities.