Sappey: Competitive state funding available for violence prevention initiatives

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Municipalities, institutions of higher education, counties, and community-based organizations implementing violence-prevention initiatives can apply to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for competitive grant funding.

Applicants for 2019 Community Violence Prevention Grants may submit proposals for one-time events or for one- or two-year projects, and may request up to $350,000.

“The promise of wholly supported public safety in Pennsylvania represents an important change in priorities among the General Assembly, and I’m ready to make sure that initiatives from our communities get the state support they need to help keep us safe,” said state Rep.-Elect Christina Sappey, D-Chester.

All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7. Awards will be approved and announced at the public meeting of the School Safety and Security Committee in April. Projects should begin May 1, 2019.

Those interested in applying must visit https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx. Interested applicants who are not already registered in PCCD’s E-grants system must register here before applying: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/Egrants-Home.aspx

The funding for this grant became available in 2018/19 under Act 44 of 2018, which established the School Safety and Security Grant Program and specified that up to 12.5 percent, or $7.5 million, would be earmarked for community violence prevention.