The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) received a challenge grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust in early November, and the deadline has been extended to Dec. 31.

The extension gives residents another prime opportunity to donate to an organization that continues to work toward great ways to improve the community. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the Driehaus Trust.

According to BAPA officials, proceeds will benefit a new housing and historic preservation committee, whose work will focus on homes, buildings and Metra train stations; efforts for cleaning up and beautifying community spaces; supporting current businesses and attracting new business investments; supporting the BAPA Education Committee in strengthening public and private schools; creating initiatives to welcome new homeowners to the community; improving special events; and developing initiatives to help senior residents.

Driehaus was born and raised in Chicago, graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep in 1960. In 1982, he founded Driehaus Capital Management, LLC. His philanthropic work supports supports historic preservation, modern and classical architecture, arts, culture, democracy and economic opportunity.

He has supported several local causes and organizations, including St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church and St. Xavier University. His past gifts to BAPA have strengthened programs in historic and architectural preservation, as well as community-building initiatives, and BAPA wants to expand its grassroots work in the community.

“BAPA relies on financial support from neighbors who understand our mission to keep Beverly/Morgan Park strong and beautiful,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “An important aspect of this grant opportunity is the positive reflection of BAPA’s longstanding work and of our neighborhood. It is a tremendous affirmation of BAPA’s vital role in our community.”

BAPA’s major events include the Ridge Run, held every Memorial Day, the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, held every summer, and the BAPA Cookie Crawl, a local shopping event held on Dec. 8. Its leaders work year-round on building a strong community and establishing new ways to make the neighborhood enticing to consumers and potential homeowners.

Residents supporting the challenge grant will reap the rewards of their donations, as their community will only improve.

For more information, call (773) 233-3100 or visit bapa.org.