PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria-based non-profits will begin to receive grants as part of the state’s Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) program created under cannabis legalization spearheaded by Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria. To highlight the program’s impact, Gordon-Booth will host a virtual press conference with area grantees on Tuesday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m.
“When I led efforts to pass cannabis legalization, I knew that we had to make sure that we invested in communities and neighborhoods that were hardest hit by the failed war on drugs,” Gordon-Booth said. “Equity was top of mind, and the R3 program will help direct needed resources to underserved communities. This year’s grants are going to support some amazing local organizations that are putting in the work to help children and families in our community.”
Administered through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), the R3 Program was created under Illinois’ cannabis legalization efforts in 2019. Under the law, 25% of all cannabis tax revenue is directed to support communities disproportionately damaged by the war on drugs, particularly communities of color and areas of low-income residents. In total, $45 million in grants are being disbursed this year.
More information on this year’s awards and a full list of grantees can be found at https://icjia.illinois.gov/news/icjia-awards-45-million-in-restore-reinvest-and-renew-r3-program-grants/.