Burst into Books, Chicago, Ill., Wins $250K Grant
Jurema Gorham, founder of the Chicago, Ill., nonprofit Burst into Books, has won a $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant and will use that money to open a bookstore and business incubator in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood.
Gorham was one of 27 entrepreneurs on Chicago's South and West sides who received grants last week, Block Club Chicago reported. She plans to carry a range of children's books and provide a space where kids can take part in educational activities. The building's second floor, meanwhile, will be open to other nonprofit organizations.
"I know a lot of people with programs who struggle with finding space where can they host their program," Gorham told Block Club Chicago. "We are going to have space where people can come, have their meetings and do their programs in conjunction with the work that we're doing, as well. There will be opportunities for kids to engage in different activities or even new hobbies that they didn't even notice they liked."
Burst into Books debuted in August 2018 after Gorham saw how few educational programs there were for her son in her neighborhood. The nonprofit began as a children's book club that Gorham organized.
"My hope is that we're able to really be part of transforming and getting Roseland back," Gorham said. "I want us to be able to be the beginning of a momentum of investing on the South Side."