Gage Park Anti-Violence Block Party
In August 2016, MacArthur, along with The Chicago Community Trust, the Joyce Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Woods Fund Chicago, and other funders joined together in support of immediate intervention to deter violence and promote peace in Chicago neighborhoods.
The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities is a $500,000 fund created in direct response to the many people and organizations who are proactively working to keep our neighborhoods safe over the Labor Day holiday and through the beginning of the school year. Grants were intended to bring residents together, often with local law enforcement, around constructive activities, to communicate their concern for their communities, “occupy” public spaces to crowd out violence, and to challenge the narrative that people are apathetic or paralyzed by challenges to the safety and security of their neighborhoods. The Fund was not meant to be a quick fix to the complex problem of violence; rather, its targeted investments supplemented each funder’s intensive and long-standing efforts to develop sustainable, systemic responses to the root causes of the challenge.
The following 70 organizations were awarded grants from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities in summer 2016, for projects serving the diverse neighborhoods listed.