The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities
The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of philanthropic organizations, launched the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities in 2016.
The Chicago 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 2023 PSPC Chicago Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) 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
Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund
The Boeing Company
The Chicago Community Trust
Conant Family Foundation
The Crown Family Philanthropies
The Field Foundation of Illinois
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Leva Family Foundation
The Marc and Jeanne
Malnati Family Foundation
Mars Wrigley Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Michael Reese Health Trust
Dan Miller Family Foundation
The Pert Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Steans Family Foundation
The 2023 PSPC Chicago Fund grantees will be announced in May.
Here are some of the types of activities that have been supported by the Fund and held in communities across Chicago.
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
Food and music with spoken word
Art-making in response to violence
Film review and group discussion
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