The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities

The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of philanthropic organizations, launched the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities in 2016.

The Fund exists to create the conditions for violence prevention and reduction during the summer months, and supports activities by nonprofit organizations that build community cohesion and promote safety and peace.

The Partnership is the administrator of the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, which is supported by institutional and individual donors whose contributions make it possible to award thousands of dollars in grants.

The Fund offers rapid-response grant opportunities designed to support community-based actions and activities that make neighborhoods safer.  It was created in direct response to the many people and grassroots organizations that are already taking powerful, on-the-ground action in their neighborhoods. For more information on the Fund and its grants, read the full Request for Proposals here.

Donors to this Fund also are engaged in larger, long-term efforts to help address the problem of violence prevention and community safety. What makes this Fund different from those efforts is that its intended purpose is to provide highly-targeted, immediate support to smaller, neighborhood-based groups over the summer.  To be clear, the Fund is not meant to be a quick fix to the broad and complex problem of violence nor is it a substitute for the intensive and wide-ranging efforts already underway (or being planned) to develop responses to the many root causes of the challenge.

Supporters to Date


Bank of America  

The Boeing Company

The Chicago Community Trust  

Chicago CRED

Conant Family Foundation

The Crown Family

Edgebrook Community Church

Field Foundation of Illinois

Irving Harris Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Joyce Foundation

Lefkofsky Family Foundation

Leva Family Foundation

Mars Wrigley Foundation

Michael Reese Health Trust

Polk Bros. Foundation

Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation

Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Steans Family Foundation

Woods Fund of Chicago

The rapid-response grants application period is open for 2020. Our 2020 Request for Proposals seeks collaborative ideas.

Application deadline is February 14, 2020

Past Activities

Here are some of the types of activities that have been supported by the Fund and held in communities across Chicago.

Art activities

Block party and block decorating

March and rally emphasizing education

Financial literacy classes

Mentoring by police officers and/or firefighters

Provision of non-confrontational, safe space for families to build partnerships and connection in non-crisis

Outdoor festival

Food and music with spoken word

Magazine launch

Talent show

Art-making in response to violence

Boxing club

Film review and group discussion

Youth parades

Bicycle workshops