In October 2015, Get IN Chicago invited proposals for its Community Collaboration and Resident Empowerment (CCRE) initiative.  CCRE was developed as an opportunity to partner resident groups with local non-profits, giving resources and technical assistance to support their vision of safer communities.

Communities are safer when residents feel empowered to take action against crime, be it formally through the police or informally through neighborhood groups. Specifically, social organization is predictive of a reduction in violent victimization, a reduction in homicide, a reduced fear of crime and increased street efficacy. Addressing social disorganization directly and indirectly influences the care of children as well as rates of delinquency and crime.


With this research behind it, CCRE aims to address violence through two overarching goals:

  • Empower residents and enable anchor organizations to create cohesive & supportive neighborhoods and improve community safety
  • Bring human, intellectual, and financial resources into GIC focus communities

CCRE Project Framework

With our selection committee, Get IN Chicago reviewed model community programs and identified common elements in the proposals submitted relating to best practices, community empowerment, and public safety.  The resulting project framework includes two components: Phase I, or Planning Grants, and Phase II, Implementation Grants.

Phase I – CCRE Planning Grants

In Phase I, Planning Grants will support local organizations as they develop a Community Safety Action Plan.  Each Planning Grant recipient is responsible for completing the following activities:

  • Define safety, health, behavior, social and economic issues to be addressed in the CCRE community, focusing on strengths, challenges, and service gaps.
  • Form a core work group (Action Committee) that includes key community leaders. Committee must include representatives from the faith and business communities, as well as residents, youth, and police.
  • Hold at least six convenings on key topics identified by community members to prioritize concerns and gain feedback.
  • Develop a Community Safety Action Plan that translates into GIC proposal for Phase II work.
  • Develop collaborative agreements with other private organizations, city agencies and community providers to address non-safety concerns of community.

Phase II – CCRE Implementation Grants
Organizations will present their Community Safety Action Plans as proposals to Get IN Chicago for funding in Fall 2016.


Award Criteria

Our Selection Committee evaluated 23 organizations and their proposal submissions on their ability to fulfill the Planning Grant responsibilities, as well as the following criteria:

Located in at-risk communitiesRun by people with ties to the community they intend to serve
Creates collective efficacy Encourages development of strong trusting relationships and the willingness of local residents to act on behalf of the common good
Creates a sense of community Creates “a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met by their commitment to work together”
Strengthens local agencies Grows local capacity.  Within poor neighborhoods, strong local agencies can provide jobs and services for residents.


We are excited about the opportunity CCRE will give communities to voice concerns and mobilize around issues of public safety.  Stay tuned for an announcement about our grant recipients, coming soon!