Firearm violence is a multifaceted challenge that requires a public health approach to stop the cycles of violence in disproportionately impacted communities. The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention (OFVP) was created as a result of the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) (430 ILCS 69), which was passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2021. The RPSA is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention in response to the State of Illinois' heightened experience of loss, harm, and trauma by the hands of firearm violence, especially during the COVID-19 lock down.
More information about the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
Apply for RPSA Grants
Community-based organizations can apply for grants to implement evidence-based solutions to interrupt and prevent firearm violence.
All applicants must be GATA prequalified. Learn more about through the IDHS GATA App. For questions, send an email to the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
Open RPSA Grant Opportunities
For a list of previously posted and closed RPSA funding opportunities, please visit the Firearm Violence Prevention Grant (FY22) Information page and the Firearm Violence Prevention Grants - FY 2023 page.
RPSA Grant Promotion Tool Kit
A collection of RPSA Grant promotional media materials free for download and use.
RPSA Eligible Community Areas/Municipalities and Associated Programming
A. Chicago Eligible Community Areas
Description of Chicago eligible areas
- Albany Park
- Auburn Gresham
- Belmont Cragin
- Brighton Park
- Chicago Lawn
- East Garfield Park
- Fuller Park
- Gage Park
- Greater Grand Crossing
- Humboldt Park
- Irving Park
- Logan Square
- McKinley Park
- New City
- North Lawndale
- South Chicago
- South Deering
- South Lawndale
- South Shore
- Washington Park
- West Englewood
- West Garfield Park
- West Pullman
B. Greater Illinois Eligible Areas
Description of Greater IL eligible areas
- Cahokia Heights
- Calumet City
- Chicago Heights
- East St. Louis
- North Chicago
- Park Forest
- Rock Island
- Sauk Village
- South Holland
RPSA Local Advisory Councils
The Reimagine Public Safety Act requires OFVP to convene Local Advisory Councils (LAC) in each of the RPSA designated service areas. Each local council will make recommendations to the OFVP on how to allocate violence prevention resources based on information provided by the OFVP, local law enforcement and other available data. More information on the LACs.
Firearm Violence Research Group
The OFVP's Firearm Violence Research Group's (FVRG) supports OFVP in identifying outcome measures for RPSA funded programs, along with inform on metrics and data collection practices that best measure impact at a community level. The FVRG was created as result of the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) (430 ILCS 69), comprised of recommended research experts experienced in examining data trends related to firearm violence prevention and interpreting these trends to identify effective interventions that support impacted communities. More information on the FVRG.
Apply to be an RPSA External Grant Reviewer
IDHS is seeking experienced state grant reviewers to ensure a reflective, robust, and comprehensive provider selection process. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer grant reviewer, please see our announcement Seeking Experienced State Grant Reviewers and complete our Reimagine Public Safety Act Grant Reviewer Interest Survey.
About the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention (OFVP)
The OFVP's mission is to address the statewide public health emergency that is firearm violence through increased community capacity to (1) address root causes of violence (2) provide those most at-risk access to evidence-based and trauma-informed services and (3) advance equity and racial justice.
Our vision for this future is that every community, every neighborhood, every home in Illinois will be free from violence.
Assistant Secretary Christopher Patterson
Send an email to the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
- UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE)
- Department of Healthcare and Family Services - Violence Prevention Community Support Team (VP-CST) is a new service added to the Medicaid Community-Based Behavioral Health Services array effective May 1, 2022. VP-CST is intended to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and increase community functioning for individuals who have experienced chronic exposure to firearm violence using evidence-informed, trauma-specific interventions and techniques.
- RPSA Conveners/ Community Groups
- Technical Assistance