Let's Link CHI

In July 2020, the Office of Violence Reduction in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust and Chicago’s philanthropy community launched Let’s Link Chi, a small grants fund designed to engage communities in cultivating safe, accessible places where neighbors can assume ownership and promote positive activities. It is intended to enhance longer-term and larger efforts to address the problem of gun violence. Let’s Link Chi is a key component of the Mayor’s Office focus on supporting the people and communities most impacted by violence. Other components include street outreach, victim services, support for high-risk youth, and trauma-informed training.

The three pillars of the Let’s Link Chi are:

  • Activating public spaces changes individual and collective perceptions leading to new social norms.
  • Activities that promote physical exercise, mindfulness and social-emotional skills increase resiliency.
  • Consistency in activating spaces over time makes them safe, accessible and places where neighbors can assume ownership.

Let’s Link Chi offers rapid-response grant opportunities designed to support activities by nonprofit organizations that subscribe to these pillars, promoting cohesion, safety and peace in neighborhoods. It is a direct response to the many people and grassroots organizations that are taking on-the-ground action in their neighborhoods.


Community areas with Let's Link CHI partners


Community Area Organization
Auburn Gresham Metro Vision Partners NFP
The Black Star Project
Austin Austin Town Hall Park Art & Culture Committee
GAP community Center
Jehovah Jireh 1 Outreach Ministry
The Garden of Love
Mothers Ona Mission28
East Garfield Park City of Refuge - Chicago
Reborn Ministries
Englewood New Eclipse Community Alliance
Something Good in Englewood Inc
Goodkids Madcity Englewood
Greater Grand Crossing Kindness Campaign
Sacred Ground Ministries
Humboldt Park Kells Park Community Council
Opera Matic NFP
New City CBR Tranquility Development NFP
Union Impact Center
North Lawndale 360 Nation
Project Impact 180
Roseland Kids Off the Block Inc
Rock Enterprises and Development Corporation
South Chicago Bush Community Gardeners Organization
Free Lunch Academy
South Lawndale Party Per Purpose
OPEN Center for the Arts
South Shore Sisters in Cinema
South Merrill Community Garden
South Side Jazz Coalition
Sacred Ground Ministries
Washington Park Future Ties NFP
West Garfield Park Mothers Ona Mission28
City of Refuge - Chicago
Reborn Ministries
West Pullman FOUS Youth Development Services