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.

2018 Grants

For its third summer, the Fund awarded 132 grants totaling $850,000 to support programs that promote peace, build trust and strengthen relationships among neighborhood residents across ages. Funding concentrates in 19 Chicago neighborhoods, which have been prioritized based on data compiled by the University of Chicago Crime Lab for highest number and rate of homicides.

View the 2018 grant recipients and follow their stories at


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