Cook County to invest in violence prevention programs in Austin, Chicago’s West Side

Several Chicago’s West Side organizations – including BUILD ChicagoNew Moms and Manufacturing Renaissance – will benefit from $75 million in funding from Cook County that will support programs working to reduce and prevent gun violence.

The local organizations were awarded multi-year grants ranging from $1.2 million to $15 million that will be disbursed in several installments over the next three years, starting this month.

Managed by Cook County’s Justice Advisory Council, the Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction grant program taps federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Community areas that have endured the highest rates of gun violence were prioritized, according to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Read the full article from AustinTalks here.

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