Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $800,000)
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) through the Metropolitan Peace Initiative (MPI) is requesting $800,000 Byrne Discretionary Community Project Funding/ Byrne Discretionary Grants Program. 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 16 community-based organizations (CBO) 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. CP4P elevates the role of community-based organizations (CBOs) and engages residents to participate in the solution to gun violence while forging closer partnerships with public agencies and the police department.