Volume XIV, Issue III - July 2020


Danielle L. Kirby, Director

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority COVID-19 Relief Funding Opportunity

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) announced that it will make $7.1 million in funding available to organizations providing support services and resources to communities hit hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested organizations must submit an application to ICJIA by July 24, 2020.

The funding is provided through the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program and will support communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

Funds can be used for the following:

  • Transitional and/or emergency housing and rental assistance for persons involved in the criminal justice system and those who have experienced violence.
  • Supportive services for community members, including overall advocacy, case management, legal services, mental and emotional support and clinical behavioral health services for adults and children.
  • Rent, utilities and COVID-related supplies for community-based agency operations.
  • Efforts to distribute food to local residents.
  • Other needs resulting from the pandemic, as determined by communities.

Funding priorities were determined by an ICJIA and hoc committee of criminal justice practitioners, policymakers and community representatives. ICJIA will target funding to geographic areas where residents have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Community-level data on positive COVID cases, unemployment, housing and reentry will be considered in funding decisions.

Additional information on the available funds and application process is available here. Proposals are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 24th.