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School Safety and Security Committee Approves $7.5 Million in Community Violence Grants

02/24/2021

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

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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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