Governor Tom Wolf, State Senator Vincent Hughes and Representative Donna Bullock announced Friday the availability of $24 million in funding for grants and technical assistance to address community violence.
According to the Official Pennsylvania Government website, the funding is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the Violence Intervention and Prevention. (VIP)
The funding aims to support effective local intervening and preventative measures to stop gun and group violence in regions that are experiencing high rates of violent crime.
“This funding will provide necessary resources for effective, community-led programs that work to stop gun violence and group violence. My administration is proud to work with our legislative partners and leadership at PCCD to make this funding available to end the cycle of violence and loss in our communities,” said Wolf.
Community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, municipalities, district attorneys and counties are eligible to apply. Awards will range from maximum budgets of $50,000 to $2,000,000 for project periods spanning up to two years (24 months). Awards are tiered to reflect the applicant’s size and service area. More detailed information about the application process can be found in the Violence Prevention and Intervention (VIP) Funding Announcement on PCCD’s website.
Range of programs
Applicants are eligible to use the funding to support a wide range of programs that address community violence and prevention efforts. Examples of such strategies include Safe Corridors/Safe Passages programs, which prevent incidents to/from school and other community centers.
Other instances involve street outreach and violence interruption programs utilizing credible messengers; providing referrals to partner agencies focused on meeting basic needs of participants, including education, employment, health, and other services; comprehensive re-entry programs for returning citizens; and trauma-informed approaches to supporting victims and survivors of violence.
Interested applicants can access application resources through PCCD’s Gun Violence webpage under the “Grants & Funding” tab. PCCD is utilizing a single online survey form (via SurveyMonkey) for the initial funding request application. An informational webinar will also be hosted on September 14, 2021, at 11 AM for interested applicants.
The window to apply is open now through Friday, October 15, 2021. Awards will be announced at the December 1, 2021, School Safety and Security Committee meeting, with projects slated to begin January 1, 2022.