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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

CountyApplicant AgencyProject TitleAmount
AlleghenyAllegheny County Chief Executive OfficerCommunity Violence Prevention/Reduction Initiative$300,000
AlleghenyAuberleBehavioral health care support for foster care fam$154,559
AlleghenyBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc.Mooncrest Mentoring Program$61,376
AlleghenyCity of PittsburghCity of Pittsburgh Youth Connections$125,317
AlleghenyGwen's Girls, IncAddressing School Violence in Allegheny County$300,000
BeaverWomen's Center of Beaver CountyWCBC Community Violence Prevention/Reduction 2$298,792
Berks (Serving)Community Solutions, Inc.Multisystemic Therapy - Problem Sexual Behaviors$241,091
BradfordSupporting Area Families EverydaySupporting Area Families Everyday$291,749
DauphinDiakon Child, Family & Community MinistriesTriple P for At-Risk Youth$291,895
DauphinYWCA of Greater HarrisburgTrauma Informed Mentoring Program$300,000
ErieYouth Leadership Institute of ErieConnected community project$187,999
FranklinBoys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and ShippensburgPositive Action$210,594
IndianaIndiana University of PennsylvaniaViolence Education Through Social Media$228,421
LancasterLancaster General HospitalTrauma Informed City Building$299,804
LehighBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley, Inc."Big" Mental Health Wellness and Trauma Project$197,766
LehighLehigh Valley Hospital, Inc.Cure Violence Allentown Collaborative Pilot$300,000
MontgomeryFamily Service of Montgomery County, PennsylvaniaNorristown Student Engagement Project$299,999
PhiladelphiaAlbert Einstein Medical CenterEinstein Trauma Intervention Program$299,748
PhiladelphiaBoys & Girls Club Of Philadelphia, IncBGCP Positive Action$216,559
PhiladelphiaChildren's Hospital of PhiladelphiaMeeting the Needs of Young Victims of Violence$299,569
PhiladelphiaCouncil of Spanish Speaking Organizations, TheConcilio's Youth Violence Prevention/Reduction$300,000
PhiladelphiaDrexel UniversityCommunity Outreach Team$299,972
PhiladelphiaEducation -Plus, Inc.SBHC Behavioral Health Project$300,000
PhiladelphiaThe Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs CoalitionHospital-linked Violence Inter Prog for Chester$299,430
PhiladelphiaTemple University-Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher EducationA Trauma-Informed School-Neighborhood Partnership$299,999
PhiladelphiaTemple University-Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher EducationDon't Shoot. I Want to Grow Up!$300,000
PhiladelphiaTrustees of the University of PennsylvaniaPenn Trauma Violence Intervention Program$226,277
SomersetThe Children's Aid Home of Somerset County, Inc.CAH Programs' Functional Family Therapy$198,691
WestmorelandBig Brothers Big Sisters of Laurel RegionMentoring Vulnerable Youth to Prevent Violence$120,393
YorkYork County CommissionersViolence Intervention, Diversion and Mentorship$250,000