GreenLatinos Illinois Announces the $1.05 Million Urban Greening Initiative Grant

CHICAGO — Through a grant from the Bezos Earth Fund as part of its Greening America’s Cities initiative, GreenLatinos will distribute $1,050,000 in grants to support urban greening, gardening, and farming projects in Illinois. (Learn more about GreenLatinos’ partnership with the Bezos Earth Fund’s Greening America’s Cities Initiative here.)  GreenLatinos and Bezos Earth Fund seek to award projects at a stage where plans have been developed, rights have been granted, and the work can begin. These awards will range from $150,000 to $500,000.

Grant applications will be accepted beginning March 29, 2024 through April 28, 2024. GreenLatinos will award funds to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status, federally recognized Indian tribes, or tribes organized under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.


Following the announcement of this new partnership, GreenLatinos Illinois Community Advocate - Chicago, Lucy Contreras, released the following statement:

“Latino/e communities in Chicago have, by far, the least amount of parkland and receive the least amount of capital investments from the district. This is a problem because studies have shown that access to green spaces can significantly improve quality of life, and they are also imperative for climate resiliency, with places near a park being up to six degrees cooler than areas without such a natural feature. Our Urban Greening Initiative will begin to close this nature-gap in our city.”


About GreenLatinos

GreenLatinos (NOTE: GreenLatinos is ONE WORD) is an active comunidad of Latino/a/e leaders, emboldened by the power and wisdom of our culture, united to demand equity and dismantle racism, resourced to win our environmental, conservation, and climate justice battles, and driven to secure our political, economic, cultural, and environmental liberation.

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