In the weeks following On the Table in 2017, The Chicago Community Trust received nearly 300 video submissions describing actionable ideas for projects or activities that could make a real impact on the region’s communities.

With the help of Goodcity Chicago, the Trust convened a selection committee of 25 community leaders and activists who reviewed and evaluated the submissions, and made recommendations for the second annual Acting Up awards. On June 28, we were excited to announce that 71 of those ideas received awards of more than $135,000, to help neighbors take action.

Acting Up winners come from across the city and suburbs with plans focused on a wide range of issues – education and youth development, health, community engagement, health and wellness, arts and culture, food access and more. Click the links below to watch the submission videos of the Acting Up winning projects, or learn more about the program and view last year’s winning projects.