Rapid Response Grants for Reducing Violence and Promoting Peace
September 7, 2016 | From the field | Chicago Commitment

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.

  • ABC Pilsen Athletics
    Little Village
  • Academy of Scholastic Achievement
    Austin, West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park
  • Africa International House USA
    Washington Park
  • All Family Active Organization ALFA Corp
  • archi-treasures
  • ArtReach at Lillstreet
    Englewood, Lawndale, Pilsen, Austin, Garfield Park, Hyde Park
  • Austin Community Family Center
  • Barbara A. Sizemore Academy
  • Better Sister Network
  • Beyth-el Temple
    South Chicago
  • Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living
    South Shore
  • Blue Sky Rhythm Productions
    Englewood, Roseland, Auburn Gresham, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Douglas Park, Homan Square
  • Breaking Bread
    Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Auburn Gresham
  • Brothers Standing Together
    Near North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Cabrini Green
  • Center for Community Development Initiatives
    West Chatham
  • Central States SER
    Little Village
    Auburn Gresham, Roseland
  • Chicago Park District
    Little Village
  • The Church On The Way Praise Center
    Ashburn, Auburn Gresham
  • Common Ground Foundation
    Near Westside
  • Commonwealth Foundation
  • Community and Family Partners
    Near Westside
  • Ditch the Weight & Guns 5K Walk & Run
    West Englewood, Englewood
  • Donda’s House
    Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Roseland, Marquette Park, Ashburn, Brainerd
  • Forward Momentum Chicago
  • FOUS Youth Development Services
    Roseland, West Pullman
  • Free Lunch Academy
    Englewood, Chatam, Roseland, Aurburn Gresham
  • Gardeneers
    North Lawndale, East Englewood
  • Gary Comer Youth Center
    Greater Grand Crossing
  • Girls Like Me Project
    Bronzeville, Douglas, Grand Boulevard
  • Greater Rock Development Corporation
    North Lawndale
  • Hip-Hop DetoxX
    Englewood, Chatham, South Shore
  • I Can Outreach
    Gage Park
  • I Grow Chicago
    West Englewood, Englewood
  • I-Matter-II
  • Kells Park Community Council
    West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Lawndale, Austin
  • Lost Boyz
    South Shore
  • Major Adams Community Committee
    Near Westside
  • Metro Vision Partners, NFP
    West Pullman
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization
    Englewood, Roseland, Near West Side
  • Mothers Against Senseless Killings
  • Near North Unity Program
    Cabrini Green
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland, NFP
    Little Village, South Lawndale, North Lawndale
  • New Life Covenant Church Southeast
    Greater Grand Crossing, Avalon Park
  • North Lawndale Employment Network
    North Lawndale
  • Northwest Side Housing Center
    Belmont Cragin
  • Oak Park Regional Housing Center
  • Peace Makers Worldwide
    Chatham, Woodlawn
  • People’s Community Development Association of Chicago
    East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Ogden Park, Washington Park
  • Port Ministries
    Back of the Yards, Englewood
  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
  • Purpose over Pain
    Washington Park, Roseland
  • Real Men Charities
    Englewood, Auburn Gresham, West Englewood, Washington Heights
  • Restoring the Path (Crushers Club)
  • Salvation Army Englewood Red Shield Center
    Engelwood, Gresham
  • Sankofa Safe Child Initiative
    North Lawndale
  • Scouting Network
    Morgan Park
  • South Shore Drill Team & Performing Arts Ensemble
    Englewood, West Englewood, Chatham, South Shore, South Chicago
  • Southwest Organizing Project
    Chicago Lawn
  • St. Titus One Mission Baptist Church
    West Pullman
  • Telpochcalli Community Education Project
    Little Village
  • Unity Park Advisory Council c/o Friends of the Park
    Logan Square, Avondale, Hermosa
  • Urban Male Network & Ladies of Virtue
    Near West Side
  • Washington Park Advisory Council & Washington Park Residents’ Advocacy Council
    Washington Park
  • We R Englewood
  • West Englewood United Organization
    West Englewood
  • West Humboldt Park Development Council
    West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Lawndale, Austin
  • West Side Cultural Arts Council
    East Garfield Park
  • Westside Health Authority
  • Working Bikes
    Auburn Gresham
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