FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2021
School Safety and Security Committee Approves $7.5 Million
in Community Violence Grants
Harrisburg, PA. — The School Safety and Security Committee (Committee) established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Act 44 of 2018 approved today $7.5 million in community violence prevention/reduction grants to 30 organizations located throughout the Commonwealth.
Municipalities, counties, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations were eligible to apply for up to $300,000 for a two-year project for programs designed to reduce community violence, including increasing access to trauma-informed support services and behavioral health care, providing health services and intervention strategies, providing mentoring and other intervention models, and fostering communication between school entities, their community and law enforcement.
Historically, these grants have supported a wide variety of violence prevention and intervention programs, including mentoring; educational campaigns; dating, interpersonal and sexual violence prevention programs; trauma-informed care and service delivery; and school violence and bullying prevention.
For FY 20-21, the SSSC prioritized applications that intend to utilize evidence-based or evidence-informed programs to reduce or prevent community-based violence (e.g., gun violence, gang violence, etc.) in areas identified with high-violent crime rates using Uniform Crime Report offense data or similar local crime statistics. Eleven applicants with projects totaling $3.2 million specifically address gun violence.
A full listing of the approved applicants is attached below.
For more information about the Committee, the Community Violence Prevention/Reduction program, and PCCD's school safety initiatives in general, please see PCCD's School Safety and Security webpage.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Kenyon, (717) 265-8505
2021 Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grants
|County||Applicant Agency||Project Title||Amount|
|Allegheny||Allegheny County Chief Executive Officer||Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Initiative||$300,000|
|Allegheny||Auberle||Behavioral health care support for foster care fam||$154,559|
|Allegheny||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc.||Mooncrest Mentoring Program||$61,376|
|Allegheny||City of Pittsburgh||City of Pittsburgh Youth Connections||$125,317|
|Allegheny||Gwen's Girls, Inc||Addressing School Violence in Allegheny County||$300,000|
|Beaver||Women's Center of Beaver County||WCBC Community Violence Prevention/Reduction 2||$298,792|
|Berks (Serving)||Community Solutions, Inc.||Multisystemic Therapy - Problem Sexual Behaviors||$241,091|
|Bradford||Supporting Area Families Everyday||Supporting Area Families Everyday||$291,749|
|Dauphin||Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries||Triple P for At-Risk Youth||$291,895|
|Dauphin||YWCA of Greater Harrisburg||Trauma Informed Mentoring Program||$300,000|
|Erie||Youth Leadership Institute of Erie||Connected community project||$187,999|
|Franklin||Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg||Positive Action||$210,594|
|Indiana||Indiana University of Pennsylvania||Violence Education Through Social Media||$228,421|
|Lancaster||Lancaster General Hospital||Trauma Informed City Building||$299,804|
|Lehigh||Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.||"Big" Mental Health Wellness and Trauma Project||$197,766|
|Lehigh||Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inc.||Cure Violence Allentown Collaborative Pilot||$300,000|
|Montgomery||Family Service of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania||Norristown Student Engagement Project||$299,999|
|Philadelphia||Albert Einstein Medical Center||Einstein Trauma Intervention Program||$299,748|
|Philadelphia||Boys & Girls Club Of Philadelphia, Inc||BGCP Positive Action||$216,559|
|Philadelphia||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia||Meeting the Needs of Young Victims of Violence||$299,569|
|Philadelphia||Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, The||Concilio's Youth Violence Prevention/Reduction||$300,000|
|Philadelphia||Drexel University||Community Outreach Team||$299,972|
|Philadelphia||Education -Plus, Inc.||SBHC Behavioral Health Project||$300,000|
|Philadelphia||The Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition||Hospital-linked Violence Inter Prog for Chester||$299,430|
|Philadelphia||Temple University-Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher Education||A Trauma-Informed School-Neighborhood Partnership||$299,999|
|Philadelphia||Temple University-Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher Education||Don't Shoot. I Want to Grow Up!||$300,000|
|Philadelphia||Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania||Penn Trauma Violence Intervention Program||$226,277|
|Somerset||The Children's Aid Home of Somerset County, Inc.||CAH Programs' Functional Family Therapy||$198,691|
|Westmoreland||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Laurel Region||Mentoring Vulnerable Youth to Prevent Violence||$120,393|
|York||York County Commissioners||Violence Intervention, Diversion and Mentorship||$250,000|
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