The MacArthur Foundation has announced more than $26 million in new grants and impact investments to support organizations applying community-driven solutions to foster economic opportunity and equity and to increase peace and safety in Chicago in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment, segregation, and isolation. Grants support 12 community organizations, collaborations, and networks seeking to foster economic and social opportunity and to increase peace and safety in Chicago neighborhoods. In addition, the Foundation is investing $15 million in the form of a low-interest loan to Self-Help Ventures Fund, to help strengthen an anchor Chicago financial institution. MacArthur’s impact investment is supporting the efforts of Self-Help Federal Credit Union to stabilize and grow the recently acquired operations of Seaway Bank, which historically provided banking services in African-American communities on the city’s South Side that lacked mainstream banking options.
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