Cook County to hold webinars on upcoming Gun Violence Prevention Grant

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CHICAGO, Ill. (February 21, 2022) – The Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) is holding a series of virtual information sessions on the upcoming Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grant opportunity. Information sessions will help local organizations understand the application process for nearly $50 million of funding that will be awarded in Chicago and Suburban Cook County.

The Gun Violence Prevention & Reduction Grants are part of Cook County’s strategic plan for the nearly $1 billion of federal funding the county received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), COVID-19 relief initiative.

The grants will fund a variety of violence prevention strategies including mental health and employment services, street outreach and case management, as well as other programs which support residents at risk of being involved in community violence. The formal grant application period will begin March 8, 2022.

Virtual information sessions

Virtual grant information sessions are open to the public and will cover eligibility criteria, the application process, and will provide an opportunity for questions.

The virtual information sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4, 2022, from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • For more information and to register, visit cookcountyil.gov/JACGrants

“We hope to see a diverse group of organizations and residents from across the county participate in these sessions,” said Avik Das, Executive Director of the JAC. “The Justice Advisory Council supports a community-driven approach to addressing the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. We strive to partner with organizations large and small and believe that both established approaches and creative solutions will be needed to reduce violence and build safe and resilient communities for all.”

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