Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,000,000)
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) through the Metropolitan Peace Initiative (MPI) is requesting $2,000,000 over 36 month project period through the US Department of Justice - C-BJA-2022-00115-PROD – CVPI Capacity Building Grant – to provide sub-awards to up to four (4) local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to support the expansion of CVIPI services within the city of Chicago. MPI is a division of the larger MFS not-for-profit organization and is the administrative, operations and supportive services coordinator for Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) which convenes community-based and city-wide organizations to help heal Chicago communities experiencing the highest level of gun violence. CP4P is a network of CBOs (currently 16 agencies) that are hyper-local and experienced in the delivery of violence intervention and prevention work whose mission (as convened by MFS MPI) is a framework that provides a comprehensive, long-term approach to reducing violence and gang activity among the individuals and communities it serves. With this project, MFS MPI will provide sub-awards to up to four hyper local CBOs to strengthen their capacity to provide sustainable multi-tiered community violence prevention and intervention services. Three of the organizations to be considered are Public Equity serving the Chicago Community Area of West Englewood, Think Beyond the Block serving the Chicago Community Area of Englewood, and Project Hood serving the Chicago Community Area of Woodlawn. In total, MFS MPI will use these efforts to continue to support the development and sustainability of CVIPI efforts across the city of Chicago.