Applications are now open for the American Rescue Plan Act Violence Intervention Grants to provide support in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and efforts to contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses and to reduce and respond to increased violence due to the pandemic.
- $2.5 million is available for grant awards. There is no minimum grant amount. Maximum grant amount is $250,000. These are cost reimbursement grants; federal requirements prohibit advancing grant funds up front.
- These projects have a 19 month grant period, with a start date of approximately October 1, 2021. Projects will need to begin operating within 90 days of award notice.
As identified in federal guidance, a range of activities are eligible to respond to this pandemic-related violence, including:
- Community violence intervention (CVI) programs, such as:
- Evidence-based practices like focused deterrence, street outreach, violence interrupters, and hospital-based violence intervention models, complete with wraparound services such as behavioral therapy, trauma recovery, job training, education, housing and relocation services, and financial assistance; and capacity-building efforts at CVI programs like funding more intervention workers, increasing their pay, providing training and professional development for intervention workers, and hiring and training workers to administer the programs;
- Youth focused violence intervention activities;
- Community-based mental health and substance use disorder programs that deliver evidence-based psychotherapy, crisis support services, medications for opioid use disorder, and/or recovery support;
- School-based social-emotional support and other mental health services;
- Summer education and enrichment programs;
- Out-of-school time activities;
- Assistance programs to households or populations facing negative economic impacts of the public health emergency;
- Hiring law enforcement officials
- even above pre-pandemic levels
- or paying overtime where the funds are directly focused on advancing community policing strategies in those communities experiencing an increase in gun violence associated with the pandemic;
- Additional enforcement efforts to reduce gun violence exacerbated by the pandemic, including prosecuting gun traffickers, dealers, and other parties contributing to the supply of crime guns, as well as collaborative federal, state, and local efforts to identify and address gun trafficking channels;
- Expenses to address COVID-related court backlogs;
- Employment or job training services;
- Programs that provide paid training and/or work experience targeted primarily to formerly incarcerated individuals, and/or communities experiencing high levels of violence exacerbated by the pandemic;
- Programs that provide workforce readiness training, apprenticeship or pre apprenticeship opportunities, skills development, placement services, and/or coaching and mentoring;
- Programs that address learning loss and keep students productively engaged; – Enhanced services for foster youths and home visiting programs.
- Nonprofit agencies; local units of government including cities, counties, townships; and tribal governments are eligible to apply. Agencies working together need to identify one agency as applicant and official grant recipient; budgets can include contracts with partner agencies.
For more information, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/grants/Documents/ARPA%20Violence%20Intervention%202022%20RFP%20FINAL.pdf