Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Rapid Response Grants for Reducing Violence and Promoting Peace

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities was launched in 2016 to proactively prepare for the potential of a spike in violence in Chicago during summer months, and to support activities that build community cohesion and promote safety and peace.

The Fund was created by the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of philanthropic organizations that administers its funding. The Fund is not meant to be a quick fix to the complex problem of violence—its targeted grants supplement each funder’s intensive and long-standing efforts to develop sustainable, systemic responses to the root causes of the challenge.

2017 Grants

In its second summer, grants from the Fund will support programs that promote peace, build trust and strengthen relationships among neighborhood residents across ages. Funding will concentrate in 17 Chicago neighborhoods, which have been prioritized based on data compiled by the University of Chicago Crime Lab for highest number and rate of homicides.

The 2017 grant application process has closed. You can sign up to receive notifications of this year’s grant recipients, and more news from the Fund.


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  • 2016 Grant Recipients

    In its first year, the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities awarded $500,000 in grants to the people and organizations proactively working to keep our neighborhoods safe over the Labor Day holiday and through the beginning of the school year.

    The following seventy organizations were awarded grants from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities in summer 2016, for projects serving the neighborhoods listed.

    • ABC Pilsen Athletics
      Little Village
    • Academy of Scholastic Achievement
      Austin, West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park
    • Africa International House USA
      Washington Park
    • All Family Active Organization ALFA Corp
    • archi-treasures
    • ArtReach at Lillstreet
      Englewood, Lawndale, Pilsen, Austin, Garfield Park, Hyde Park
    • Austin Community Family Center
    • Barbara A. Sizemore Academy
    • Better Sister Network
    • Beyth-el Temple
      South Chicago
    • Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living
      South Shore
    • Blue Sky Rhythm Productions
      Englewood, Roseland, Auburn Gresham, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Douglas Park, Homan Square
    • Breaking Bread
      Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Auburn Gresham
    • Brothers Standing Together
      Near North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Cabrini Green
    • Center for Community Development Initiatives
      West Chatham
    • Central States SER
      Little Village
    • CHI-RISE
      Auburn Gresham, Roseland
    • Chicago Park District
      Little Village
    • The Church On The Way Praise Center
      Ashburn, Auburn Gresham
    • Common Ground Foundation
      Near Westside
    • Commonwealth Foundation
    • Community and Family Partners
      Near Westside
    • Ditch the Weight & Guns 5K Walk & Run
      West Englewood, Englewood
    • Donda’s House
      Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Roseland, Marquette Park, Ashburn, Brainerd
    • Forward Momentum Chicago
    • FOUS Youth Development Services
      Roseland, West Pullman
    • Free Lunch Academy
      Englewood, Chatam, Roseland, Aurburn Gresham
    • Gardeneers
      North Lawndale, East Englewood
    • Gary Comer Youth Center
      Greater Grand Crossing
    • Girls Like Me Project
      Bronzeville, Douglas, Grand Boulevard
    • Greater Rock Development Corporation
      North Lawndale
    • Hip-Hop DetoxX
      Englewood, Chatham, South Shore
    • I Can Outreach
      Gage Park
    • I Grow Chicago
      West Englewood, Englewood
    • I-Matter-II
    • Kells Park Community Council
      West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Lawndale, Austin
    • Lost Boyz
      South Shore
    • Major Adams Community Committee
      Near Westside
    • Metro Vision Partners, NFP
      West Pullman
    • Metropolitan Tenants Organization
      Englewood, Roseland, Near West Side
    • Mothers Against Senseless Killings
    • Near North Unity Program
      Cabrini Green
    • New Life Centers of Chicagoland, NFP
      Little Village, South Lawndale, North Lawndale
    • New Life Covenant Church Southeast
      Greater Grand Crossing, Avalon Park
    • North Lawndale Employment Network
      North Lawndale
    • Northwest Side Housing Center
      Belmont Cragin
    • Oak Park Regional Housing Center
    • Peace Makers Worldwide
      Chatham, Woodlawn
    • People’s Community Development Association of Chicago
      East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Ogden Park, Washington Park
    • Port Ministries
      Back of the Yards, Englewood
    • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
    • Purpose over Pain
      Washington Park, Roseland
    • Real Men Charities
      Englewood, Auburn Gresham, West Englewood, Washington Heights
    • Restoring the Path (Crushers Club)
    • Salvation Army Englewood Red Shield Center
      Engelwood, Gresham
    • Sankofa Safe Child Initiative
      North Lawndale
    • Scouting Network
      Morgan Park
    • South Shore Drill Team & Performing Arts Ensemble
      Englewood, West Englewood, Chatham, South Shore, South Chicago
    • Southwest Organizing Project
      Chicago Lawn
    • St. Titus One Mission Baptist Church
      West Pullman
    • Telpochcalli Community Education Project
      Little Village
    • Unity Park Advisory Council c/o Friends of the Park
      Logan Square, Avondale, Hermosa
    • Urban Male Network & Ladies of Virtue
      Near West Side
    • Washington Park Advisory Council & Washington Park Residents’ Advocacy Council
      Washington Park
    • We R Englewood
    • West Englewood United Organization
      West Englewood
    • West Humboldt Park Development Council
      West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Lawndale, Austin
    • West Side Cultural Arts Council
      East Garfield Park
    • Westside Health Authority
    • Working Bikes
      Auburn Gresham


    Labor Day Weekend 2016

    A look at the holiday weekend around Chicago, and the activities made possible through the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities.