Restore, Reinvest, Renew (R3) Board
The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) legalized adult-use cannabis in Illinois on January 1, 2020. The act also established the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) Program. The R3 Program invests 25% of tax revenue from adult-use cannabis sales to fund grants that support communities that are most impacted by economic disinvestment, violence, and the severe and multi-layer harm caused by the war on drugs.
In total, the R3 Program Board has granted more than $244 million to more than 300 organizations statewide. The R3 Program Board is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and includes stakeholders from communities the program seeks to serve, including those with lived experiences in the justice system.
The R3 Program Board funds programs including civil legal aid, reentry, economic development, youth development and violence prevention.
The Institute 2 Innovate (i2i) Capacity Building Program was launched in 2022 to strengthen the infrastructure, enhance sustainability, and address the capacity needs of grassroots organizations.
After receiving feedback from the R3 Program Board and applicants, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) prioritized grant management building and pathways toward sustainability for smaller organizations. The Institute 2 Innovate, or i2i, launched in 2023 to support the work of grassroots organizations by providing one-on-one coaching and technical assistance to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency, and long-term impact on the communities they serve.