Cook County plans $65 million investment in community-based anti-violence programs
The Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants will be used to support a variety of programs, including street outreach workers and mental health.
After Cook County recorded over 1,000 homicides in 2021, the most in nearly 30 years, leaders are looking to deepen their investments in organizations working to combat violence.
Cook County will be earmarkinging up to $65 million of funds received under the American Rescue Plan Act for community-based organizations doing anti-violence work, officials announced this month.
The Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants will be used to support a variety of work, including mental health, street outreach workers, employment services, and case management for people likely to be caught in the cycle of violence.
“Addressing the gun violence crisis we are experiencing in Cook County is one of our highest priorities,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.
Preckwinkle added the funds represent renewed commitment to public safety across the area. “This investment will result in long-term, community-driven solutions to gun violence. When we stabilize and support our communities struggling with crime and violence, we honor our commitment to equity and we increase safety for all residents,” she said.
The Cook County Justice Advisory Council, which spearheads community-driven justice policy in the County, will oversee the application and disbursement process."The Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants represent a new chapter for our county,” said Avik Das, Executive Director of the Justice Advisory Council.
“This level of funding will help us build a sustainable infrastructure of programs and services that support at-risk residents and lead to safer communities,” Das added.
Interested organizations can apply through the county’s online grant portal and can only submit 1 application.
All funds received are available over a 3-year period. Applications for proposals over $1.5 million are due by April 11 while applications for proposals over that amount are due by May 9.
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