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June 27, 2017
June 27, 2017
The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) has awarded seven capacity-building grants to provide immediate support to existing community-based violence prevention, intervention, and recovery efforts on Chicago's South Side.
The grant money will allow the selected community organizations to fund new counselors, new equipment, and program expansion to include more participants. The grants are designed to support programs that will help create safer spaces during the summer.
"Violent incidents in our community are more prevalent during summer months," said Brenda Battle, Vice President, Urban Health Initiative and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine. "As a community partner, it is imperative that we work with local grassroots organizations to identify and activate solutions that will help keep children and adults safe."
The concept of responding to the immediate needs to address violence while working together on a long-term solution was developed at the suggestion of UChicago Medicine's Community Advisory Council and its Trauma Care and Violence Prevention work group. The group recommended that UChicago Medicine proactively respond to increasing violence at the close of the school year and the beginning of summer. The response was rapid-cycle grants for grassroots organizations that have violence prevention programs. Community-based organizations were encouraged to apply for the grants in early May with UChicago Medicine's goal to select awardees and distribute funding as summer began.
The recipients of the grants are located in UChicago Medicine's service area. Awardees include:
The rapid-cycle grants are part of UCM's ongoing efforts to assist community organizations with evidenced-based violence prevention programs. UChicago Medicine will continue its work with community partners and stakeholders to develop a more sustainable and larger-scale, population-based violence prevention effort.