The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Tap into your power, experience and knowledge.

Apply for a 2018 grant from The Chicago Fund for Safe & Peaceful Communities, and show Chicagoans what you can do for Chicago.

If you run – or can create – a summer program in one of our prioritized Chicago communities that is designed to promote peace, build trust and strengthen relationships across ages, and if your organization’s annual operating budget is less than $500,000, then we want to empower you with funding from $1,000 to as much as $10,000. There is a straight-forward process to applying for a grant. Follow these recommended steps.

4 easy steps to apply


Define your project

Develop a clearly worded description of your project. This should include its name, who it is for (for example, young children, teens or all ages), what its main activities will be, where it will happen and what you anticipate its results will be. Remember: We are funding projects that are specifically in one of our prioritized Chicago communities.


Enhance your project

We believe that powerful things happen when people work together, so we encourage collaborations among organizations, agencies and civic groups that can lead to great community activities. We also strongly the inclusion of the Seven Field Principles (7FP) in your project. The 7FP is a proven tool for fostering strong communities and reducing violence, and is very effective when used in a comprehensive and coordinated way within communities. The Fund will strive for that kind of coordination among all funded projects.


Assemble your data

You’re almost there – let’s put some numbers together. Develop a budget for your project. Have your organization’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) available, or have approval to use the FEIN of your collaborating partner that will serve as the fiscal sponsor for this grant. Attend an information session to gain more insight and ask questions about your application.


Make it happen

When you’re ready to submit your application, it’s best if you do the work from a computer with a strong Internet connection. (We do not recommend submitting via a smart device.) To ensure you have everything you need to apply, print out this checklist. When you’re ready, go to Grant Central, create a username and password, and follow the prompts.

Checklist for Applicants

You will need access to the internet to complete and submit your application.

FEIN (Your Organization’s or a Fiscal Sponsor’s)

Grant Central Username & Password

Organizational Information (Name, Main Contact Information)

Project Name & Description

Project Budget

Prioritized Communities

The following community areas have been prioritized for support from the Fund based on data compiled by the University of Chicago Crime Lab for highest number and rate of homicides:


Auburn Gresham


Chicago Lawn


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


South Chicago

South Lawndale (Little Village)

South Shore

Washington Park

Fiscal Sponsors

You can select a fiscal sponsor on your own, or you can consider one of these organizations, which have agreed to serve as fiscal sponsors for funded organizations, if needed.

Resilience Partners NFP

Contact: Deirdre Bates


The Monroe Foundation

Contact: Otis Monroe


Goodcity NFP

Contact: Richelle Hennen


Technical Assistance Sessions

You’re invited to attend a free information session to learn more about the grants. Please note that attending a technical assistance session is not a requirement for submitting a grant application. The same information will be shared at each session, so it is not necessary to attend more than one session. If you require special accommodations, please let us know by calling 312-616-6769 or completing the form below. Register for a session by clicking here. Additional information sessions may be scheduled. Check back here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Monday, March 19, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Legler Branch

115 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago IL 60624

Please let us know if require any special accommodations. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Sherman Branch

5440 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago IL 60609

Please let us know if require any special accommodations. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Thurgood Marshall Branch

7506 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago IL 60620

Please let us know if require any special accommodations. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Little Village Branch

2311 S. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago IL 60623

Please let us know if require any special accommodations. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Woodson Regional Library

9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628

Please let us know if require any special accommodations. 

Special Accommodations Request

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