Joyce Program Gun Violence

Gun violence is a serious public health and safety challenge, with more than 100,000 Americans injured or killed by guns every year.

Firearms policy is a critical component of efforts to improve public health and safety and build sustainable communities. Research demonstrates the link between access to guns and gun violence: where guns are more readily available, rates of gun death and injury are higher than they are in places where gun access is more strictly regulated. At the Joyce Foundation, we work to reduce the toll of gun violence through evidence-based policies to reduce access to firearms by those at greatest risk of violence. 

The Joyce Foundation approaches gun violence reduction from a public health perspective: we seek to prevent gun violence before it occurs. We address gun violence in all its forms, including homicide, suicide, accidental shootings, nonfatal shootings, and mass shootings. We support three essential building blocks for comprehensive and effective firearms policies: 

  • Public education to achieve stronger state gun laws
  • Building coalitions of law enforcement; communities of color and others impacted by gun violence
  • Research to inform evidence-based gun violence prevention policy

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Public Education to Achieve Stronger State Gun Policies

Research demonstrates that public policies to reduce access to guns by dangerous persons can help reduce gun death and injury. In order to strengthen state gun violence prevention policies we support state-based policy research, advocacy, coalition building, grassroots engagement, messaging, media and communications, and legal support for organizations working in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and in select other states.

Goal

Strengthen state gun violence prevention policies to reduce access to guns by persons who pose a danger to themselves or others.

Objectives

Grow coalitions supportive of gun policy reform in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Educate and engage citizens in gun violence prevention efforts  in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Improve communications and media coverage of state gun violence and policy issues.

Inform courts evaluating gun laws with best available research and legal analysis.

Grow coalitions supportive of gun policy reform in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Educate and engage citizens in gun violence prevention efforts  in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Improve communications and media coverage of state gun violence and policy issues.

Inform courts evaluating gun laws with best available research and legal analysis.

Grow coalitions supportive of gun policy reform in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Educate and engage citizens in gun violence prevention efforts  in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Improve communications and media coverage of state gun violence and policy issues.

Inform courts evaluating gun laws with best available research and legal analysis.

Grow coalitions supportive of gun policy reform in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Educate and engage citizens in gun violence prevention efforts  in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Improve communications and media coverage of state gun violence and policy issues.

Inform courts evaluating gun laws with best available research and legal analysis.

Building Coalitions of Law Enforcement, Communities of Color, and Others Impacted By Gun Violence

To be successful, gun violence prevention advocates must gain the vocal, active support of those who are most impacted by gun violence. Joyce supports efforts to build engagement by key stakeholders and the public in gun violence prevention, especially law enforcement and groups impacted by gun violence.

Goal

Build engagement by key stakeholders and the public in gun violence prevention.


Objectives

Support law enforcement leaders to share their expertise in gun violence prevention efforts.

Engage coalition partners from the civil rights community and other organizations representing impacted communities.

Expand public engagement among women, gun violence survivors, physicians, and faith communities.

Invest in public opinion research to inform policy makers and the media about attitudes toward solutions to gun violence.

Policy-Oriented Research

There is an ongoing need for private funding to support objective, non-biased research that is likely to result in policy-relevant information, including policy development, evaluation, and enforcement. The Foundation supports efforts to build the body of research and data to inform gun violence prevention policy and practice. We will consider projects that concern gun violence in all its forms, including suicide, homicide, criminal use of guns, and gun accidents, and that are likely to result in policy-relevant information, to assist policy development, evaluation and enforcement.

Goal

Build the body of research and data to inform gun violence prevention policy and practice.


Objectives

Launch new research studies to inform current policy or practice around gun violence prevention, including gun crime, homicides, suicides, and gun accidents.

Expand data collection by the National Violent Death Reporting System with the goal of nationwide data on violent deaths in the U.S.

Launch new research studies to inform current policy or practice around gun violence prevention, including gun crime, homicides, suicides, and gun accidents.

Expand data collection by the National Violent Death Reporting System with the goal of nationwide data on violent deaths in the U.S.

Innovation/Opportunity Grants

These grants are designed to take advantage of the most promising emerging opportunities that do not fall squarely within the three core program strategies.

Goal

Support promising new strategies for gun violence prevention.

What We Fund

We focus on initiatives that make an impact on the Great Lakes region.

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How To Apply

Learn about our submission process for applying for a grant.

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Our Research & Reports

Explore our research & reports on Gun Violence Prevention. 

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