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City Launches Violence Prevention Grant Program for Community-Based Organizations

The City of Philadelphia today launched the Targeted Community Investment Grant Program to award microgrants to community-based organizations that offer high-quality violence prevention services and supports.

The grant program is an integral part of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities, a comprehensive action plan unveiled in January to address the increasing gun violence in neighborhoods across the city. The grants, ranging from $500 to $20,000, will specifically support new programs or existing ones that are proven to help prevent or reduce gun violence among youth and young adults. They will be funded with a combination of City dollars, thanks to a transfer ordinance approved earlier this year by City Council, and a portion of a $500,000 state grant, announced last Fall, to expand the Community Crisis Intervention Program (CCIP) in Philadelphia neighborhoods most prone to violence.

Applications for the first cycle of funding are being accepted today through April 30, 2019. A second application period is expected this summer. The applicant must complete this grant application, including a description of the program or activity to be funded, along with an explanation of how it will help prevent gun violence in the community, a budget that clearly shows how the funds will be used, and details of how success of the project will be measured. Further details are contained in the application form.

Programs receiving the grants must be able to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of all Philadelphians and how it helps reduce gun violence in a sustainable way.

  • Demonstrate potential impact on the community related to reducing the risk of gun violence.

  • Demonstrate community support for violence prevention and anti-violence activities and programs.

Applicants must be residents of the City of Philadelphia or an organization with strong ties to the community and based in the city serving Philadelphia residents. Neighborhood and cultural organizations, local businesses, youth-serving agencies, accredited educational institutions, or places of worship may apply if they are located in the neighborhood or serve the residents of the neighborhood in which they are applying for funding. If applying as an individual, you must live in the neighborhood in which you are seeking to implement programming or demonstrate strong ties to the neighborhood and residents that you plan to assist.

The first round of informational workshops for community members interested in applying for this grant will be:

Saturday, April 13th

The Mayor's Office of Reintegration Services (RISE)

1425 Arch St., 1st Floor

10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm.

Please feel free to share the press release and direct folks that have any questions to Office of Violence Prevention at 215-686-0789 or

Apply here today!

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