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.
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the Fund adapted its application process, helped grantees switch to safe virtual events, and disbursed $1 million in grants from the Chicago Fund to small organizations that create the conditions for peace on the South and West Sides.
View the 2021 grant recipients and follow their stories below: