Duluth, GA — Today, Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07) announced the opening of the FY24 Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) funding opportunity. Last week, McBath convened a community briefing with featured guests from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Community Justice Action Fund spotlighting the initiative, which she and other Congressional Black Caucus Members championed as part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which became law in June of 2022. The CVIPI initiative aims to prevent and reduce gun violence through comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs. The DOJ expects to award nearly $90 million through this program this year, and the solicitation will close on June 10, 2024.

Stakeholders from across metro Atlanta attended last week’s meeting, including city and county government leaders, metro-Atlanta school district officials, community-based organizations, and local law enforcement representatives. Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson provided opening remarks for the briefing.    

“Today’s announcement is an invitation for stakeholders in our community to deepen their involvement in the work to save lives,” McBath said. “I am proud of our work to put hundreds of millions of dollars behind evidence-based solutions that truly make a difference against our nation’s epidemic of gun violence. I am grateful to our guests from the Department of Justice and Community Justice Action Fund for shining a light on the lifesaving work being done by organizations across America and for teaching people right here in Georgia how they can take advantage of the resources my colleagues and I have fought so hard to deliver. Together, we are making a difference in the movement to end gun violence.”

Administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the DOJ, CVIPI focuses on targeted violence intervention and support, community-centered and equity-focused approaches, integration with public safety and public health, and strategic, data-driven, and performance-focused investments. The program includes funding categories for nonprofits and for-profits, municipal governments, state governments, and capacity building for community-based organizations via intermediary organizations. In FY22, DeKalb County and Fulton County received a combined total of $3.5 million in CVIPI awards, and Emory University received $2 million in FY23. 

The CVIPI FY24 solicitation is available here, and application process will be administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). A Grant Application Resource Guide from OJP is available online. All entities seeking DOJ grant funding must have an active registration in SAM.gov, and it is recommended that entities begin the SAM.govregistration or renewal process 30 days prior to any deadlines. On April 25, 2024 at 1 p.m., Bureau of Justice Assistance personnel will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the solicitation and give stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions.