Peace Fellows launch Micro-Grant for Violence Prevention in Chicago

We are three of 22 grassroots leaders who were convened by the Goldin Institute as 2021 Chicago Peace Fellows. The Goldin Institute inspires, equips, and connects grassroots leaders who help their communities build on their strengths and collaborate to determine their own future.

We live and work in the communities we serve on the South and West sides of Chicago. Involvement in the Fellowship has sharpened our skills of shared leadership, collaborative decision-making, and collective action. The Crime Stoppers Grant is a product of our work.

Our goal for the grant is to encourage other grassroots leaders to create or further develop violence reduction solutions that will bring peace and safety to their neighborhoods and beyond.



Eligibility to Apply:

  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization.
  • A current IRS 501(c) (3) public charity designation determination letter (send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We will accept applications from agencies that have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
  • Applicant must have a violence prevention-based or restorative practices mission and offer programs in one of the (15) Targeted Communities:  Auburn Gresham, Austin, East Garfield Park, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Humboldt Park, New City, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Chicago, South Lawndale, South Shore, Washington Park, West Garfield Park, and West Pullman.
  • Have an operating budget of $200,000.00 or below.

Physical Distancing related to the Covid-19 Pandemic:

The COVID-19 health crisis has caused everyone to reimagine how to provide programming. Applicants will be expected to consider how their projects will incorporate the CDC’s guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while conducting safe and peaceful activities.

Application Deadline & Funding Decision

The grant cycle begins November 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday November 17, 2021, by 5pm and the winner will be announced early December.

Special consideration will be given to projects that target youth/young adults ages 13-24.

How It Will Work - Funding and Oversight:

We will distribute the funds with a check in the full amount. The grant recipient has up to June 30, 2022, to complete the proposed project.


The grant recipient must submit a final report through a google form once they have completed the project. We will send the form to the organization’s contact in early January 2022.


If you have questions about the grant application, contact Annette Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please, no phone calls.

Good Luck!

Dr. Dorothy Thompson, Founder & Executive Director, Bullying Awareness Prevention 365

Annette Kelly, Founder & President, FOUS Youth Development Services

Tia Brown, Co-Founder & CEO, The Brown House Experience


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