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Illinois opens applications for violence-prevention grants

Champaign police crime scene tape set up at Green and Second Streets after shots were reported fire in August 2021.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials have announced the first of three applications for violence-prevention grants.

The Department of Human Services says there’s $50 million for prevention services in Chicago including street-based “interruption” and victims’ services.

Money for the grants comes through the Reimagine Public Safety Act. It’s aimed at root causes of firearm violence through behavioral health services, better economic opportunities, and interruption and prevention programs.

The first round of money is targeted toward 37 areas which the Reimagine law determined to have the heaviest firearm violence.

Applications are due March 9 and grants will be awarded in April.

 

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