Violence Intervention Fund

Violence Intervention Fund

The University of Chicago is dedicated to improving community safety in partnership with its South Side neighbors. On July 28, 2022, President Paul Alivisatos and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee announced the creation of the Violence Intervention Fund, which aims to support and scale community and academic violence reduction efforts.

This $15 million fund will support work over a period of three years. It builds upon ongoing work with community partners to support the social and economic health of the University’s surrounding neighborhoods, particularly Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Shore, Washington Park, and Woodlawn.

The fund will invest in innovative initiatives focused on South Side communities and residents, particularly efforts supporting youth, people at elevated risk for involvement with gun violence (either as offenders or victims), and trauma reduction programs. It will support both evidence-based programs and promising pilot interventions.

Proposals will be accepted from University academics, nonprofit community organizations, and faculty/community partnerships, which will receive priority consideration. The request for applications is now open, with an application deadline of September 1, 2022. 


Information Session

 A virtual information session about the Violence Intervention Fund was held Tuesday, August 2. Download the  presentation slides.

Contact Us

For general information about the Violence Intervention Fund, contact the Office of Research at


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