Justice Advisory Council Grants

Service Information

Grants Overview

The Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) awards grants in the areas of Violence Prevention, Services for Returning Residents, Recidivism Reduction, Restorative Justice, as well as other areas of need.

Violence Prevention programs address the needs of individuals at risk of involvement in violence as either a victim or perpetrator or those who have already been engaged in violence.

Recidivism Reduction programs address the needs of those who have had contact with either the juvenile or adult criminal justice systems and are designed to prevent further system involvement through intervention.

Restorative Justice programs address the issues of violence and recidivism through the lens of the balanced and restorative justice framework and incorporate the principles of accountability, community protection, competency development and relationship building at the community level.

Open Grant Opportunities

The Justice Advisory Council will postpone releasing additional county-funded grant solicitations for the remainder of fiscal year 2022. This includes traditional Cook County funded grant solicitations in the categories of Violence Prevention, Recidivism Reduction, Restorative Justice, Services for Returning Residents, and Services for Emerging Adults. This is to ensure the effective roll out of the American Rescue Plan Act funded Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants, and to prevent redundancy. In fiscal year 2023 and beyond, the Justice Advisory Council will resume Cook County funded grant solicitations.





Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants - 2022

Cook County's Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction grants reflect an urgent commitment to address record incidents of violence involving firearms in Chicago and Cook County. Grants are funded via the American Rescue Plan Act, federal Covid-19 recovery initiative. In 2022, the Cook County Justice Advisory Council seeks to award up to $65,000,000 in multi-year grants to recognized not-for-profit organizations which offer eligible violence prevention and reduction services. 

Key Dates

  • March 8, 2022 - Application period open *Application and Application Guide are available under downloads

  • April 11, 2022 - Applications due for proposals over $1.5 million 

  • May 9, 2022 - Applications due for proposals $1.5 million and under


  • To apply for a grant, visit: https://grants.cookcountyil.gov/ 
  •  Applicants will be asked to enter basic information about their organization and to upload the following:

  1.  Application (upload as a PDF document)

  2. Application Appendices (upload all required documents listed in the Application Checklist as one PDF document)

  3. Budget Form (upload as an Excel document)

*Applicants may submit only one final application; you will not be able to save a daft application in the online system.

Information & Frequently Asked Questions 

  • A series of virtual information sessions were hosted to provide an overview of the grant opportunity and application process. View a recorded information session or access presentation slides under the downloads section.
  • A Pre-Submittal Conference was held on March 14, 2022 to provide potential applicants with detailed information on the grant opportunity and application process. View the recording of the Pre-Submittal Conference or access presentation slides under the downloads section. 
  • Questions? A comprehensive document with Questions & Answers compiled from informational events and submitted to the Justice Advisory Council is available under the downloads section. Periodic updates to this document may be made, but are not guaranteed. 

Learn More

Learn more about Violence Prevention and Human Services funding opportunities from the State of Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago.

Visit greaterchicagotogether.org for information on all state and local funding opportunities from the American Rescue Plan Act. 

Learn more about Cook County's American Rescue Plan Act funding plan.

Refer back for information on open solicitations or applications for grants through the Justice Advisory Council.

Capacity Building and Support

Cook County Capacity Building Workshops are designed to support organizations in developing compelling grant proposals and programs. Capacity Building Workshops are presented by Cook County partner, Guidehouse, on behalf of the Justice Advisory Council. Workshops are open to the public and meant to support organizations seeking to apply for grant funding from any source or entity.





Workshop Topics and Registration:

Grant Applications Workshop: March 25, 2022 - View workshop slides & recording

Program Design Workshop: April 1, 2022 - View workshop slides & recording

Monitoring and Reporting Workshop: April 8, 2022 - View workshop slides & recording




Grant Application Review Panels

Grantmaking that fills community needs, increases community safety and reduces reliance on incarceration is central to the mission of the Justice Advisory Council. Cook County employees and residents have the opportunity to apply to participate on a grant application review panel for grant opportunities offered by the Cook County Justice Advisory Council. The purpose of the review panel is to objectively review and evaluate a group of applications based on an established rubric. Please note that this is a non-paid volunteer position. Training will be provided for individuals who are selected to participate on a grant review panel.

To apply, complete the following steps:

  1. Review the Requirements for Grant Review Panelists (available under downloads) detailing the guidelines and requirements for the position
  2. Complete the online application form
  3. Send a current resume or CV to JAC Grants Coordinator: Juandalynn.Johnson@cookcountyil.gov

The Justice Advisory Council evaluates submissions for Grant Review Panelists on a rolling basis and notifies individuals of their application status via email. If selected for an upcoming grant evaluation, individuals will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality form before their appointment as Grant Review Panelist is final.