CHICAGO – As part of his efforts to address the root causes of violence, state Rep. Cyril Nichols, D-Chicago, is raising awareness for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s (ICJIA) Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention grants, which provide funds for local community organizations that provide services that help prevent violence.

“With violence continuing to affect the lives of too many in our community, it is vital that we explore all avenues to provide safety for residents,” said Nichols. “Everyone deserves to feel safe, and we must ensure that we are providing support for the many organizations that are dedicated to working with the community to prevent violence in a variety of ways.”                      

The Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention grant provides funds for programs focused on community engagement and support, prevention services for children and families at risk of harm, and trauma-informed services. Organizations with experience in implementing restorative justice practices are also eligible. $3.8 million in funding is available, with organizations expected to receive awards between $50,000 and $200,000. Applications for the grants are open now until Nov. 1. For more information or to apply, please visit                    

“The most effective way to build safer communities is by addressing the root causes of violence and dedicating needed resources to areas that have historically been underserved,” said Nichols. “Programs and services that work to end the cycle of violence are critical to the safety of residents, and I look forward to continuing to work to find comprehensive, long-term solutions to prevent violence in our community.”    


Rep. Cyril NicholsRep. Cyril Nichols

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