Recently, Mayor Kenney and City Council announced a $22 million investment in the new Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program. This is a major piece of the historic $155.7 million investment in a wide array of violence prevention programming and services that contribute to the City’s violence prevention and reduction goals.
To achieve and sustain a reduction in gun violence and improve the quality of life in communities most affected by gun violence, the City is investing in organizations with proven track records of delivering quality anti-violence interventions to help them expand and strengthen their efforts. A key step in this effort is the launch of the new Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grants.
About the Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program
The Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program will directly fund and support organizations that are focused on reducing violence through trauma-informed healing and restorative practices and safe havens and mentorship.
The City will provide grants ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000 to community-based organizations that have annual operating budgets below $15,000,000 and a proven track record working in neighborhoods vulnerable to gun violence. By targeting funding towards proven community-based organizations, the City is putting this money in the hands of organizations with a proven track record of delivering quality, culturally relevant services while making sure those applying already have the infrastructure in place to be successful.
The focus of the Community Expansion Grants is to provide direct trauma-informed healing and restorative practices or safe havens and mentorship programs. Funded projects supporting those focus areas must take place between fall 2021 and summer 2022.
In addition to providing grants, the funds will be used to help selected organizations with capacity-building and scaling up their programs so that they can expand and enhance the impact of their important work.
To find out how to apply, click here.