State Agency Seeking Grant Applicants for Community Violence Prevention Program

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has recently announced the opening of an application period for community violence prevention programs, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

The grants will be offered as part of the new School Safety and Security Grant Program that was included in the 2018-19 state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide during this fiscal year through June 30 to support community violence prevention programs.

“It is clear that our students are not free from dangers when they leave their school buildings,” said Senator Gordner.  “The goal for this round of grants is to strengthen community relationships, leading toward a higher level of safety and security for our youngest citizens.”

Eligible uses for the grants include mentoring services and other intervention services for at-risk children and families; promoting communication between school entities and law enforcement; linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems; and other programs designed to reduce community violence.  Eligible entities include local municipalities, colleges and community groups.

An additional $52.5 million in grants will be awarded to school districts to improve school safety throughout this fiscal year. The first round of these school safety grants was announced in October.

Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019.  More information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website at www.pccd.pa.gov under the School Safety and Security heading.

CONTACT: Mike Stephens, (717) 787-8928