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Gun Violence ​Grants & Funding

Providing support for effective, community-led gun violence prevention efforts is one of PCCD's top strategic priorities. In recent years, PCCD has made investments to support local gun violence reduction efforts using available state and federal funds. PCCD has worked diligently to do what we can with the resources at our disposal to make progress on recommendations identified by the Special Council in its March 2020 report and respond to the needs of local communities.

FY 2021 Violence Intervention & Prevention Grants (CLOSED)

In September 2021, PCCD announced the availability of $24 million in Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) funding for grants and technical assistance to address community violence throughout the Commonwealth. VIP funding is intended to support effective local intervening and preventative measures to stop gun and group violence in areas experiencing high rates of violent crime within Pennsylvania. Community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, local municipalities, district attorneys, and counties were eligible to apply between September 3-October 15, 2021 through an online request form via SurveyMonkey. 

On December 1, 2021, the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) approved $15.7 million for 40 'Round 1' VIP projects. In January 2022, funding for a second round of VIP grant awards was increased, with an additional $15 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars being committed to the program. On January 26, 2022, the SSSC approved a second round of 25 VIP projects totaling approximately $23 million. 

More information about this grant program, including a summary of VIP projects, is available in the "FY 2021 VIP Grant Program Application Resources" section below.

FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grant Program (CLOSED)

In May 2021, PCCD announced the availability of $5 million in state funding to support community-led strategies to reduce gun violence.  Following the approval by PCCD's School Safety and Security Committee in August 2021 to utilize VIP funding to support additional funding requests received through the grant program, PCCD anticipates making up to $10.6 million in awards through the FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grant Program. Applicants selected in the initial round of requests were notified by PCCD staff and asked to complete a formal application in Egrants.

More information about the FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grant Program is available in the "FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grant Program Application Resources" section below. 


Gun Violence and VIP Grantees

Other Resources & Information

(NEW!) FY 2021 VIP Grant Program Resources

(NEW!) 2021 VIP Application & Funding Announcement Resources 

(NEW!) Resources for FY 2021 VIP Grantees

 

FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grant Program Resources

Resources for FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grantees

 

Application & Funding Announcement Resources 

 

 

 

 

Data Resources & Links

Contact Information

Questions regarding PCCD's Gun Violence Grants & Funding initiatives can be directed to PCCD staff at RA-PCCD_ExecutiveOfc@pa.gov