Indirect Cost Rate must be approved.
See Section C. Eligibility and Grant Funding Requirements; 8. Grant Fund Use Requirements for any funding restrictions.
Firearm violence has deeply harmed neighborhoods, communities, and the entire State of Illinois, both through the immediate loss of life and the long-term, harmful effects of trauma experienced by victims, witnesses, and others. To reduce firearm violence, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) (430 ILCS 69). The RPSA calls for a comprehensive approach to reducing firearm violence through targeted, integrated behavioral health services and economic opportunities. It also created the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention (OFVP) in the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or the Department), which has authority over this effort. As per RPSA, for Illinois municipalities with less than 1,000,000 residents, in December 2021 the OFVP's Firearm Violence Research Group identified 15 municipalities or continuous geographic areas with the greatest concentration of firearm violence victims. These locations were identified by the volume and per capita rate of fatal/non-fatal firearm-shot victims in each municipality, excluding self-inflicted incidents, from 2016 through 2020. An additional community was added selected in March 2022 as the 16th in rank order of concentrated firearm violence.
In accordance with the RPSA, the following municipalities with less than 1,000,000 residents are considered "eligible greater Illinois municipalities" and qualify for grants under the Act.
A full description of the process for identifying Illinois municipalities and Chicago community areas with the highest concentration of firearm violence is available here: IDHS: Report of the IDHS Office of Firearm Violence Prevention, June - December 2021 (state.il.us),
Furthermore, the RPSA requires that the OFVP create "local advisory councils" (LACs) for each of these designated service areas for the purpose of obtaining recommendations on how to distribute funds to reduce firearm incidents in municipalities with less than 1,000,000 persons. Since March 2022, OFVP has convened LACs with the required member representation in each municipality or continuous geographic area. The OFVP provided each LAC with firearm related data and the best available evidence on how to address the social determinants of health to reduce firearm violence. In turn, in May 2022, the LACs provided 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. For more information about the LACs please visit - our Office of Firearm Violence Prevention RPSA Local Advisory Council page.
Immediately following receipt of these recommendations, OFVP reviewed and consolidated all feedback into a comprehensive report that summarizes recommendations across municipalities. Details of the report can be reviewed at: IDHS: RPSA Local Advisory Council Summer 2022 Recommendations (state.il.us). Based on these consolidated recommendations, the OFVP developed a Greater Illinois funding strategy that includes releasing this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to provide Violence Prevention programming in the eligible Greater Illinois communities identified above. The RPSA also requires the OFVP to allocate funding to Greater Illinois communities utilizing a formula approach. This approach considers fatal/non-fatal firearm-shot victim data along with other identified factors. For an overview of OFVP funding strategy for Greater Illinois eligible communities, including additional planned funding notices, please visit: IDHS: Greater Illinois Funding Strategy .
Patterned after the Community Violence Intervention program model, this NOFO will fund a comprehensive Violence Prevention program that utilizes evidence-based programming and services to engage individuals at the highest risk of firearm violence, including street outreach, case management, and victim services. These programs increase positive outcomes for individuals most likely to harm someone or be harmed by firearm violence, strengthen others affected by violence, and contribute to building safer communities.
In line with the White House's commitment to "advancing equity and opportunity for black people and communities across the country," IDHS and the OFVP share the goals of addressing systemic racism, which includes advancing equity and racial justice.
To apply for state funding, organizations must be prequalified in accordance with the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA). Organizations can register and prequalify in the Illinois GATA Grantee Portal at any point prior to applying for funding. If an organization is in the process of applying for a specific funding opportunity, prequalification must be completed prior to the application due date listed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
IDHS is offering several options for assistance to ensure that your organization is prequalified and therefore, eligible to apply for this opportunity. These assistance options are NOT MANDATORY and will not affect your application score. If your organization has not successfully applied for state funding previously, IDHS encourages organizations to take advantage of these options; there is no cost to participate.
Please refer to Appendix C for detailed information regarding available technical assistance options.
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