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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