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NU ‘Good Neighbor’ grants announced

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Northwestern University’s Good Neighbor Fund will support Evanston paramedic services, job training programs and a new dog park along with other programs next year.

NU President Morton Schapiro and Mayor Steve Hagerty announced the funding allocations for the grant Monday.

In March 2015, Northwestern agreed to contribute $1 million annually to the City for a period of five years, with proceeds to be spent on projects and services jointly agreed upon by the mayor of Evanston and Northwestern University’s president.

Hagerty and Schapiro will meet next year to discuss the future of the Good Neighbor Fund as well as other opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

Here’s a full list of the program allocations:

  • $250,000 to support Evanston Fire Department paramedic services
  • $150,000 to support Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center interior improvements
  • $135,000 to support existing job training programs
  • $100,000 for youth outreach programs, which will cover the salaries of two of the five existing full-time outreach workers
  • $85,000 to fund the creation of a new dog park
  • $85,000 to fund improvements to McCulloch Park
  • $80,000 to support the career coordinator position for the Elevate Evanston workforce development initiative
  • $70,000 to support the full-time social worker position at the Evanston Public Library
  • $45,000 to support Climate Action and Resilience Plan initiatives

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