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.

2019 Grants

For summer 2019 the Fund awarded 181 grants totaling $1.1 million to support programs that promote peace, build trust and strengthen relationships among neighborhood residents across ages—the largest grant total and highest number of grants in its four-year history.

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The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities is now accepting proposals to support activities by nonprofit organizations that build community cohesion and promote safety and peace. A rapid-response process has been established to receive and review short proposals, and quickly award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

To qualify, applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to propose activities that adhere to the Seven Field Principles (7FP) model, an evidence-based framework that has been successful in fostering strong communities and reducing violence. Collaboration among community organizations is also strongly encouraged, as the 7FP model is more effective when implemented in a comprehensive and coordinated way.

The following community areas have been prioritized for support based on the number and rate of shootings and homicides: Austin, Auburn Gresham, Chatham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, West Englewood, Gage Park, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, Humboldt Park, Lower West Side (Pilsen), New City (Back of the Yards), North Lawndale, Roseland, South Chicago, South Lawndale (Little Village), South Shore, Washington Park, West Pullman and Woodlawn.

To apply for funding, please review the complete RFP and begin your application in GrantCentral, the trust’s online grants management system. Applications must be received no later than February 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Grant awards will be announced on April 1, 2020. Checks will be distributed on April 22, 2020. All funded activities must be completed by October 31, 2020.