Nonprofits in Allegheny County awarded $4.88 million in grants to address violence in communities

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – The Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today that more than $4.88 million in state funding was awarded to several county and local organizations to address violence and crime.

“Our young people need tools and resources to combat and prevent the violence that’s become all too common in our communities,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation. “These grants invest in programs that provide safe spaces for at-risk teens and young adults to learn about conflict resolution, being leaders in their neighborhoods and alternatives for a better future.”

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded grants to the following projects:

  • $350,000 to 1Hood Media Academy for a new gun violence prevention campaign for greater Pittsburgh. The project will provide youth and young adults with training and resources to work as media activists to conduct campaigns in their own communities and on social media, where much of the gun violence originates and escalates.
  • $1,496,000 to Allegheny County to implement Cure Violence in communities most impacted by gun violence, including Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, McKees Rocks, Stowe, McKeesport, Homestead, Duquesne, Clairton, Rankin and Braddock.
  • $346,820 to Carnegie Library of Homestead to support its Youth Development and Restorative Justice Program, where trained counselors and program coordinators mentor at-risk youth to develop conflict-resolution skills to reduce violent crime among teenagers.
  • $1,435,375 to the Center for Employment Opportunities to support Group Violence Intervention programming in its Pittsburgh office, as well as enhance a supportive service network and trauma-informed care approach in its Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg offices.
  • $50,000 to Homewood Community Sports for community sports, mentoring and enrichment to deter youth from gun or group violence. The organization said the funding will create safe spaces where participants can focus on conflict resolution and mediations to prevent homicide and gun violence in Homewood.
  • $500,000 to the Neighborhood Resilience Project to support and expand its Trauma Response Team, which cares for the acute needs of family and friends of victims killed by gun violence across all of Allegheny County. The organization anticipates this funding will help support 1,000 additional people over the next two years.
  • $700,000 to The Kingsley Association to support the expansion of its Teen LEAD Program. The program is a year-long learning experience for at-risk teens ages 13-19 in the East End communities of Pittsburgh to help them to apply life skills learning, build a positive self-image, recognize personal leadership characteristics, and gain part-time employment.

The grants are part of a package of $15.7 million in funding from PCCD to support local strategies to stop gun and group violence. More information about the grants is available here.