PlayStreets South Region

On behalf of the Chicago Department of Public Health, World Sport Chicago will administer seed grants and provide technical support for the implementation of PlayStreets in the city’s south region (community areas 33-75). Within this area, World Sport Chicago will support community organizations and neighborhood residents to activate their local city streets to promote physical activity, healthy living and safe play spaces for children, teens and families.

Call for LOIs Healthy Chicago 2.0 Grants

World Sport Chicago is accepting Letter of Interest submissions to become a PlayStreets community implementor and help grow the development of PlayStreets activations for summer 2018!

We seek community-based organizations within the South Region (community areas 33-75) who wish to engage and help organize residents to create new local opportunities to play. Successful applicants will have strong community ties, a specific focus area in mind, and offer innovative approaches to promote on-going physical activities and healthy choices in their community.

Download Letter of Interest Instructions

Gads Hill Center and World Sport Chicago will offer extensions for Letter of Interest submissions by request. All 2nd chance extensions for summer 2018 will be due by Thursday, March 15th 3:00pm.

Extension requests and completed Letter of Interest forms should be emailed to Kelly at

Those selected to be Implementing CBOs in the South Region will receive $5,000 in seed funding and an additional $1,000 material and supply allowance. World Sport Chicago will also serve as a technical support partner throughout the summer to help ensure such CBOs are equipped to create safe and engaging spaces for play. Additionally, World Sport Chicago will provide training and networking opportunities for all 2018 South Region partners.

Each South Region grantee serving as an Implementing CBO will be responsible for ensuring seven successful outdoor PlayStreets events on residential streets this summer. Organizations should be a not-for-profit organization in good standing with the IRS and State of Illinois. Applicants may be involved as a supporter to other PlayStreets proposals but only one PlayStreets grant per organization may be awarded.

Key Dates for the 2018 Applicant Process

  • Feb 1st – Notification of Funding Availability and Request for LOIs released
  • Mar 1st – Original day (at 3:00pm) LOIs due for 2018 consideration
  • Mar 15th – By request only, all 2nd chance LOI extensions are due (by 3:00pm)
  • Mar 20th – By noon all invites for Final Proposals to be sent via email
  • Apr 17th – Final Day (at 3:00pm) Final Proposals will be accepted for 2018 consideration
  • May 8th – 2018¬†PlayStreets Implementing CBOs announced

After reviewing the Notification of Funding Availability and Letter of Interest forms please contact Kelly with any questions you might have at or 312-861-4941.


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