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Shapiro-Davis Administration Awards $40 Million in State Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Funding

03/27/2024

Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) School Safety and Security Committee approved a total of $40 million in Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) grant funding for 64 organizations working to address the epidemic of gun violence.

Since the VIP Grant program began in 2021, 256 projects across the Commonwealth have been approved for a combined total of approximately $185 million in grant funding to prevent, intervene in, and reduce gun and group-related violence, helping to make Pennsylvania communities safer.

Last summer I visited with a number of organizations across the Commonwealth that have received VIP grants,” said Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, who serves as PCCD chair. “I was impressed with how impactful these organizations have been and continue to be in their communities. They are doing important work, and the VIP program is an essential part of addressing the epidemic of gun violence and making our communities safer. I look forward to connecting with the large number of new recipients of this funding to learn about their innovative projects within across the Commonwealth.”

Last November, as part of the Shapiro-Davis Administration’s commitment to making communities safer and reducing violence, PCCD announced the availability of $40 million in state funding to support FY 2023-24 Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) competitive grants, secured and signed into law by Governor Shapiro in the bipartisan 2023-24 budget. Governor Shapiro has proposed a $37.5 million increase for the VIP grant program in his 2024-25 budget proposal in order to continue to address community violence and build safer communities.

Under this solicitation, eligible applicants including community-based or nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, municipalities, counties, and district attorney’s offices. Applicants were able to apply for funding under one of two tracks: a VIP grant or a Coordinated Community Violence Intervention (CCVI) Strategies Project.

VIP Grant funding supports a wide range of effective, community-led strategies to prevent gun violence and address its impacts – from street outreach and violence interruption programs to victim services to neighborhood revitalization efforts, among others. This year, a large share of approved VIP projects sought funding for prevention programming, including youth-focused mentoring and intervention models (such as afterschool and out-of-school-time programs). Many of these approved projects went to organizations that had not previously received funding from PCCD for violence prevention efforts (77 percent). Most approved applicants (91 percent) are community-based organizations.

In addition to 63 VIP projects, the Committee approved one Coordinated Community Violence Intervention (CCVI) project focused on building collaborative gun violence prevention and response efforts in Allentown. This new site builds on five previously awarded CCVI pilot sites in four counties across Pennsylvania.

A list of all approved projects, county/ies served, and approved funding amounts can be found below:

Name of OrganizationCounty/ies ServedApproved Amount
Coordinated Community Violence Intervention (CCVI) Strategies Project ​ ​
Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh ValleyLehigh
$1,571,805
Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grants ​ ​
Bible Center Church-The Oasis ProjectAllegheny$156,838
East End Cooperative MinistryAllegheny$545,720
Homeless Children's Education FundAllegheny$638,201
Ruth's Way, Inc.Allegheny$96,073
The Kingsley AssociationAllegheny$950,000
The Pittsburgh Contingency (RefocusED)Allegheny$500,000
Three Rivers YouthAllegheny$926,557
Berks County Adult Probation and Parole DepartmentBerks$950,000
CASA of Berks CountyBerks$139,319
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, Inc.Berks$792,517
The Camel ProjectBerks$273,829
County of Chester, Department of Workforce DevelopmentChester$758,318
YMCA of Greater BrandywineChester$816,750
Dauphin County CommissionersDauphin$950,000
Boys & Girls Club of ChesterDelaware$533,639
Cheder Chabad - PhiladelphiaDelaware$380,000
Educators 4 Education Charitable FoundationDelaware$225,000
Rising Hope For Change Inc.
Delaware and Philadelphia
$278,700
Erie County District Attorney's OfficeErie$835,978
YMCA of Indiana CountyIndiana$928,813
Bench Mark ProgramLancaster$355,483
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc.Lehigh and Northampton
$562,080
Monroe County Office of the District AttorneyMonroe$695,286
Eastern UniversityMontgomery$949,389
Expressive Path Inc.Montgomery$189,000
New Leash on Life USAMontgomery$539,392
Valley Youth House Committee, Inc.Northampton$949,740
Achieve Now - Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia$242,150
Albert Einstein Healthcare NetworkPhiladelphia$946,242
Brazo de Oro FoundationPhiladelphia$943,536
Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. Philadelphia$950,000
Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphia$663,089
Cranaleith Spiritual CenterPhiladelphia$343,750
Ed Snider Youth Hockey & EducationPhiladelphia$900,000
Episcopal Community ServicesPhiladelphia$874,042
Fab Youth PhillyPhiladelphia$412,290
Hand2PawPhiladelphia$250,000
Heights PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia$950,000
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia$949,854
Launch of Philadelphia, Inc.Philadelphia$906,820
Mighty WritersPhiladelphia$800,000
Mothers In ChargePhiladelphia$905,190
New Kensington Community Development CorporationPhiladelphia$949,927
North10 PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia$826,820
NorthEast Treatment Centers, Inc.Philadelphia$950,000
Northern Children's ServicesPhiladelphia$950,000
People Advancing Reintegration aka PAR-Recycle WorksPhiladelphia$721,444
Philadelphia Chinatown Development CorporationPhiladelphia$552,797
Philadelphia Community Empowerment Through Soccer dba Kensington Soccer ClubPhiladelphia$400,000
PHILLY TRUCE FoundationPhiladelphia$84,219
PHMC Health Center on CedarPhiladelphia$950,000
Progressive Change CDCPhiladelphia$126,350
Reading AllowedPhiladelphia$484,919
Resolve PhillyPhiladelphia$570,359
Rock to the FuturePhiladelphia$500,000
Temple University HospitalPhiladelphia$935,000
The DREAM Program, Inc.Philadelphia$490,530
Timoteo PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia$137,000
We Embrace Fatherhood, a Program of the Urban Affairs CoalitionPhiladelphia$25,250
Why Not Prosper, Inc.Philadelphia$536,214
Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (fiscally sponsored by Movement Alliance Project)Philadelphia$949,910
Schuylkill Hope CenterSchuylkill$689,070
Transitions of PAUnion, Snyder, and Northumberland
$171,789


All Pennsylvanians deserve to be and feel safe in their communities. That’s why Governor Shapiro has proposed more than $100 million to address gun violence in the 2024-25 state budget, including increasing resources for the VIP Grants program and $1 million to stand up the Office of Gun Violence Prevention within PCCD. The Shapiro-Davis Administration will continue to fight to ensure Pennsylvanians can live in communities free from gun violence.

More information about the projects approved by the School Safety and Security Committee today, including county/ies served, project details, and approved amounts can be found in the Project Summary document on PCCD’s website.

To learn more about PCCD’s VIP grant funding program, visit our website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ali Gantz - algantz@pa.gov

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