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The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award

The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award recognizes an organizing campaign that has achieved and sustained a victory that measurably improves the vitality of a community and/or positively affects the quality of life of a group of people. This award recognizes the value of community organizing, community engagement, and advocacy as important and effective ways to transform neighborhoods or empower communities that have experienced significant social or economic inequities.

This award will lift up the work of a successful community organizing victory achieved during the last 3-years that:

  • Enabled democracy at the community-level and
  • Mobilized people who, individually, may have lacked sufficient power to improve their opportunities and their communities.

Applicants will be evaluated by the significance of the community victory and the genuine and demonstrated organizing and empowerment of neighborhood residents in leading that change.

The Award is $15,000.