Justice Advisory Council Grants
The Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) awards grants in the areas of Violence Prevention, Services for Returning Residents, Recidivism Reduction, Restorative Justice, as well as other areas of need. The overarching goal of the JAC's grantmaking is to increase access to services that increase community safety and reduce reliance on incarceration.
To ensure the effective roll out of American Rescue Plan Act funded grant initiatives and to prevent redundancy, the JAC will postpone releasing additional county-funded grant solicitations for the remainder of fiscal year 2022. In fiscal year 2023 and beyond, the Justice Advisory Council will resume Cook County funded grant solicitations.
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Open Grant Opportunities
Domestic Violence Intervention and Support Services
Cook County has allocated $5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding for domestic violence intervention and support. Funding will be available to organizations providing eligible services for survivors and those impacted by domestic violence in Chicago and Suburban Cook County.
The Domestic Violence Intervention and Support Services initiative was designed as a direct response to increased levels of gender-based violence experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund services in four main categories:
- Counseling for survivors of domestic violence and for those who have caused harm
- Legal support including assistance in navigating the court system and preparing and accompanying victims and survivors in court
- Advocacy support in connecting victims and survivors to resources through direct services, resource referrals, and staffing crisis hotlines
- Housing supports for victims and survivors of domestic violence including rapid re-housing, shelters, hotel-based housing, and more
Request for Qualifications
The request for qualifications (RFQ) for the Domestic Violence Intervention and Support Services Initiative is available to the public here, and under the downloads section. The RFQ document provides a comprehensive overview of the initiative as well as the eligibility guidelines and application process for the funding opportunity.
- Monday, October 3, 2022 - Formal Request for Qualifications published
- Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 1:00pm - Pre-submittal Conference (optional virtual event)
- Monday, November 14, 2022, 5:00pm - Deadline to submit response to Request for Qualifications
Please visit https://grants.cookcountyil.gov to submit a response to the Domestic Violence Intervention and Support Services RFQ.
Information and Questions
- The Justice Advisory Council hosted a virtual information session which provided an overview of the initiative and information on eligibility for the funding opportunity. View the recording and presentation slides.
- The Justice Advisory Council hosted a virtual pre-submittal conference to share guidance on applying for funding via the RFQ process and to provide an opportunity for questions and answers. View the recording and presentation slides.
- Questions and answers for this funding opportunity have been complied and are available to the public here and under the downloads section.
Past Grant Initiatives
Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants
In 2022, the Justice Advisory Council conducted the solicitation and award process for the Cook County Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction grant initiative. $75 million in grants funded via the American Rescue Plan Act, federal Covid-19 recovery initiative were made to community-based service providers providing eligible violence prevention services in areas of Chicago and Suburban Cook County with the highest instances of gun violence.
- Grant awards were approved at the Cook County Board Meetings in June and July 2022. An overview of the grant awards and an executive summary of the grant opportunity are available to the public.
- View a recorded information session or access presentation slides under the downloads section.
- View the recording of the Pre-Submittal Conference or access presentation slides under the downloads section.
- View the comprehensive Questions & Answers document.
Visit greaterchicagotogether.org for information on state and local funding opportunities from the American Rescue Plan Act.
Learn more about Cook County's American Rescue Plan Act funding plan.
Capacity Building and Support
Cook County Capacity Building Workshops are designed to support organizations in developing compelling grant proposals and programs. Capacity Building Workshops are presented by Cook County partner, Guidehouse, on behalf of the Justice Advisory Council. Workshops are open to the public and meant to support organizations seeking to apply for grant funding from any source or entity.
Grant Application Review Panels
Grantmaking that fills community needs, increases community safety and reduces reliance on incarceration is central to the mission of the Justice Advisory Council. Cook County employees and residents have the opportunity to apply to participate on a grant application review panel for grant opportunities offered by the Cook County Justice Advisory Council. The purpose of the review panel is to objectively review and evaluate a group of applications based on an established rubric. Please note that this is a non-paid volunteer position. Training will be provided for individuals who are selected to participate on a grant review panel.
To apply, complete the following steps:
- Review the Requirements for Grant Review Panelists (available under downloads) detailing the guidelines and requirements for the position
- Complete the online application form
- Send a current resume or CV to JAC Grants Coordinator: Juandalynn.Johnson@cookcountyil.gov
The Justice Advisory Council evaluates submissions for Grant Review Panelists on a rolling basis and notifies individuals of their application status via email. If selected for an upcoming grant evaluation, individuals will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality form before their appointment as Grant Review Panelist is final.