Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Federal Funding Flexibilities

The Treasury Department announced that the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) $350 billion in state and local funding can be used to invest in evidence-based community violence interventions.  

  • The Department of Education released guidance clarifying that ARP’s $122 billion in K-12 funds can be used for CVI strategies.  

  • To date, the Administration has transferred more than $190 billion of state and local recovery funds and $81 billion in education funds. Additional support is on the way. 

The Administration is also executing on its announced changes to 26 programs across five agencies to make federal dollars and technical assistance immediately available to CVI practitioners.  

  • The Department of Education will publish guidance explaining that school districts can draw upon the $1.22 billion in Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants and $1.26 billion in 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants to support student-centered CVI programs. This funding will supplement American Rescue Plan funds, providing CVI programs with multiple potential funding streams to expand their work. 

The Administration also released guidance from the Department of the Treasury and theDepartment of Education explaining how two buckets of ARP funding—$350 billion in state and local funding and the $122 billion in school funding—can be used for a variety of public safety strategies. Within the parameters explained in recently released guidance, State and territory, local, and Tribal governments can:

  • Hire support personnel such as nurses, counselors, and social workers; 

  • Pay court personnel and operations costs to return to pre-pandemic operation levels; 

  • Provide and expand employment services, including summer jobs for young people and programs that provide training and work experience for formerly incarcerated persons and other individuals who live in communities most impacted by high levels of violence; 

  • Provide and expand summer education and enrichment programs, including summer camp; 

  • Scale up wraparound services—such as housing, medical and mental health care, trauma-informed care, substance use disorder treatment, food assistance, and job placement services—for victims of crime, young people, formerly incarcerated persons, and individuals and households facing economic insecurity due to the pandemic; and 

  • Establish or expand full-service community schools.

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