FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2022
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
Virginia Issues Grant Solicitation for $2.5 Million in Community Based Gun Violence Intervention
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence celebrates funding, encourages community groups to apply
WASHINGTON — This week the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services released a grant solicitation to address the increasing gun violence crisis in the Commonwealth. $2.5 million in new funding secured during the last legislative session will be available to localities and nonprofits or community-based gun violence intervention programs in the Commonwealth. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization, celebrated the launch of the request for proposals process and encouraged Virginia nonprofit organizations and community groups to apply for funds.
Community violence intervention is a proven approach that reduces gun violence. Community-based violence intervention and prevention programs bring together community members, social service providers and, in some cases, law enforcement to identify and provide support for individuals at the highest risk for gun violence.
Lori Haas, Virginia State Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, issued the following statement:
“Virginia has taken another step forward addressing the epidemic of gun violence with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ request for community-based gun violence intervention program proposals. In line with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s advocacy, Virginia legislators appropriated $2.5 million in the August budget to support programs that help address community gun violence.
“The Department also extended eligibility to submit proposals to nonprofit organizations and community groups. Because community gun violence disproportionately impacts Black and Hispanic/Latino communities, allowing those on the ground to apply for support will help ensure comprehensive success.
“As the Virginia General Assembly continues, we call on our representatives to follow the Department’s lead and support legislation that lifts up violence intervention programs that remedy, rather than exacerbate, the gun violence epidemic in the Commonwealth.”
Groups wishing to learn more about the grant solicitation can do so here.
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.