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    Are you an Illinois municipality, neighborhood association, non-profit, or community organization that seeks assistance with a planning project? The American Planning Association – Illinois Chapter can help!

    The American Planning Association – Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) has relaunched its Pro Bono Planning Services Program and is now accepting applications for new projects.

    Ready to Apply?


    Applications for the Spring 2019 Pro Bono Planning Service Program must be submitted by March 29, 2019.

    Pro Bono Service Program
    The mission of the APA-IL Pro-Bono Planning Service Program is to provide urban planning services on a pro bono basis by APA-IL members, to assist municipalities, nonprofits, and community organizations in the initiation, organizing, and fine tuning of early stage planning projects. Through the APA Illinois Pro Bono Service Program, organizations walk away with an action plan and a clear understanding of the goals and vision for their city / community / neighborhood.

    What We Do
    Goal-setting | Community Visioning | Design Charrettes | Action Plan Development | RFP Scope Development

    Eligible Organizations
    The APA-IL Pro-Bono Planning Service Program provides services to organizations based in Illinois. These may include municipalities, non-profits, and community/neighborhood groups.

    Rules of Engagement
    The program Pro Bono Planning Services Program is not intended to compete with private sector planning services which may be needed to perform and complete any of a full range of planning activities.

    With that in mind, the program follows seven “Rules of Engagement”:

    • No Political Footballs
    • Conduct in a single session
    • Vest Responsibility for Follow-up with Community
    • Don’t Compete with Consultants
    • Ensure Capacity Exists in Community
    • Stick with Planning
    • Help Plan to Plan

    Our Process
    Our Program’s involvement begins with organizing a planning session in conjunction with a local group or municipality. From that foundation we tap into the resources of APA-IL membership for talent, conduct the planning session on location, and work out an action agenda with the local entity. The local entity sponsoring the meeting is required to include a local, representative base of residents, merchants, political interests, and other players that have a vested interest in the success of the project. The sessions typically last half a day.

    The APA-IL team usually consists of 5 to 10 planning professionals with expertise in the general area being explored. The teams are mixed groups ranging in experience from recent college graduates to veteran planners. Depending on the project, we partner with architects and landscape architects to provide additional subject matter expertise. To date, all projects proved to be win – win in situations for both APA-IL and the sponsoring community.

    Questions? Please contact the APA-IL Pro Bono Committee Chair, Jaemi Jackson, AICP at

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