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How to Use Federal Funding to Fight Gun Violence in Your Community

Local governments have billions of dollars in federal funding available to them to counter gun violence, its impacts, and its root causes. Everytown’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Network  has compiled information and resources to aid local officials in learning more about federal funding opportunities that are available immediately or in the near future. 

The information provided here will be updated regularly. As always, if you have questions or would like support on federal funding issues, please contact us.

American Rescue Plan Funding

Billions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding are immediately available to cities and counties to help local officials counter the economic impact of COVID-19. American Rescue Plan funding can and should be used to bolster gun violence intervention programs, including youth engagement and employment initiatives.

Federal Grants to Support Community Violence Intervention Programs

In April 2021, President Biden announced a slew of executive actions for gun safety, including guidance that would unlock federal funding for community violence intervention programs from 26 federal grant programs across five agencies. Within the below resources, you will find regularly updated information about federal grant opportunities and supporting research and policy papers demonstrating the impact and necessity of community violence intervention programs. 

Break the Cycle of Violence Act

The Break the Cycle of Violence Act, introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Steven Horsford (D-NV), represents a historic investment in addressing America’s community gun violence crisis. Community gun violence is a public health crisis that disproportionately impacts our Black communities, reflecting our nation’s persistent racial inequities and low financial investment in communities of color. The Act would be a first of its kind, targeted investment of billions of dollars over eight years in America’s most impacted communities. This long-term funding builds upon American Rescue Plan funds and existing federal grant programs  that the Biden-Harris Administration has authorized to immediately fund community violence intervention programs.