I reviewed the funding opportunities under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and noticed there is funding for Community Violence Initiatives (CVI)? What are the types of activities that fit under the definition of CVI?

The Administration has released guidance from the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education explaining how two buckets of ARP funding—$350 billion in state and local funding and the $122 billion in school funding—can be used for a variety of community violence strategies. Within the parameters explained in recently released guidance, State and territory, local, and Tribal governments can:

  • Hire support personnel such as counselors and social workers; 
  • Pay court personnel and operations costs to return to pre-pandemic operation levels; 
  • Provide and expand employment services, including summer jobs for young people and programs that provide training and work experience for formerly incarcerated persons and other individuals who live in communities most impacted by high levels of violence; 
  • Scale up wraparound services—such as housing, medical and mental health care, trauma-informed care, substance use disorder treatment, food assistance, and job placement services—for victims of crime, young people, formerly incarcerated persons, and individuals and households facing economic insecurity due to the pandemic; and 

The following webinar provides a broad overview of CVI strategies:  https://bja.ojp.gov/media/video/37991

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed technical packages to help states and communities use the best available evidence to prevent violence.