Kirkland announces $544.1K in grants for programs in the City of Chester

CHESTER, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $544,109 in grant funding to programs in the City of Chester.

“Too many in our community—especially our young people—are caught up in a cycle of violence from which they can’t find a way out,” Kirkland said. “This federal funding will help fund critical programs in the City of Chester that will help the most vulnerable in our community find peaceful alternatives to gun violence and bring solace to those who are suffering from the traumatic aftereffects of violence so they can rebuild and live productive lives.”

The programs that will receive the funding are:

  • $101,996 to Temple University for its Cure Chester Project (Chester Peace Initiative) which utilizes the Cure Violence Model to reduce gun violence in the community. The goals of this project are a 10% reduction of homicides and shootings within the City of Chester; to solidify relationships with law enforcement to receive real-time shooting data; and to cultivate relationships with the Chester Housing Authority. Funding from this grant will support salary and benefits for the program manager and outreach worker supervisor and indirect costs.

  • $225,000 to Amachi Chester to support the implementation of trauma-informed mentoring services in the City of Chester. The organization will use the money to expand its Amachi Community Mentoring Violence Prevention Initiative.

  • $217,113 to the Making a Change Group (MACG) to support implementation of a program that will provide street outreach and violence interruption; identification, outreach, and engagement of individuals who are most likely to be victims and/or perpetrators (residents ages 14-24) of gun violence as well as provision of tailored supports (case management, service planning, referral for those individuals, etc.); as well as trauma-informed care to support gun violence victims/survivors and their family, friends, and loved ones.

More than $22.3 million was awarded to several organizations across the state that are dedicated to breaking cycles of violence and substance abuse in their communities.

In addition to grants for local programs, the PCCD awarded Penn State University $100,000 to enhance its statewide Pennsylvania Youth Survey, or PAYS, which surveys students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behaviors, attitudes and knowledge about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence; $900,000 to the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance for its statewide efforts to provide drug and alcohol professionals free materials about opioid addiction to distribute in in their communities; $640,000 to the Council of State Governments Justice Center for its Pennsylvania Stepping up Technical Assistance Center, part of a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in prisons; and $632,135 to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape for its Sexual Assault Services Program.

More information about the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is available here.