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Grants for Vulnerable Illinois Communities

R-3 Program
areas in the Ill. QC eligible for grants from the R-3 Program

Illinois wants to help non-profits and small businesses in areas hard hit by poverty and violence. Grants are available using proceeds from the tax on the sale of adult-use marijuana.

Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton says 25 per cent of the tax revenue is earmarked for the R-3 Program - which stands from Restore, Re-invest, and Renew. And the goal is to make up for what she says is the damage done by the war on drugs in Illinois' "most vulnerable communities."

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

"Where there is the highest rate of gun injuries, gun violence injuries, unemployment, highest rates of child poverty, and commitments to and returns from the Illinois Department of Corrections."

Grants can be used for a variety of programs, including drug treatment, violence prevention, economic development, legal aid, youth development, and helping former prisoners. 

Maps showing eligible areas of Illinois are available online - and they include neighborhoods along the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, plus parts of Sterling, Dixon, Kewanee, Galesburg, Monmouth, and Macomb. 

Applications for grants from the R-3 Program are due by next Monday ( 7/20 ), and awards will be announced in August. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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