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Governor Wolf Announces $100 Million in Grants to Reduce Community Violence Bringing Wolf Admin Violence Reduction Investments to $355 Million


Harrisburg, PA. — Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) awarded $100 million in grants to reduce gun and group violence across Pennsylvania. Together, the grants will support 127 projects implementing local and regional strategies to reduce violence in Pennsylvania. Over the course of the past 8 years, the Wolf Administration has secured $355 million to invest in safer communities across Pennsylvania.

PCCD awarded $88.6 million in Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) grants to 122 projects throughout the state, and approximately $12 million in Coordinated Community Violence Intervention (CCVI) Strategies Pilot grants to 5 projects to support targeted anti-violence efforts in Philadelphia, Allegheny County, Chester City and York.

"Reducing gun violence and making our communities safer has always been my top priority," said Gov. Wolf. "Every Pennsylvanian deserves to be safe in their home and their community. These grants will help give our communities – and the on-the-ground organizations making a difference across Pennsylvania every day – the tools they need to be even more effective when it comes to reducing violence."

Gov. Wolf and the General Assembly made these grants possible by allocating $105 million for violence reduction funding in this year's budget. The remaining $4.5 million will be used to support technical assistance to VIP and CCVI project sites, as well as research and evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of the projects being funded.

Over the course of his administration, Gov. Wolf has secured $355 million to invest in safer communities in Pennsylvania, including:

VIP grants support a wide range of program types and models focused on reducing community violence, including street outreach and violence interruption programs utilizing credible messengers; Safe Corridors/Safe Passages programs, which prevent incidents to/from school and other community centers; providing referrals to partner agencies focused on meeting basic needs of participants, including education, employment, health, and other services; comprehensive pre-release and reentry programs for returning citizens; trauma-informed approaches to support victims and survivors of gun violence; and youth activities and mentorship, among other approaches.

The CCVI Strategies Pilot grants are targeted to increase local coordination and collaboration to more effectively prevent, intervene, and respond to gun and group violence. The pilot project solicitation was designed to provide intensive investments and support for collaborative community violence prevention and response strategies within a focused service area (i.e., a contiguous geographic area). 

More information about the specific VIP and CCVI projects being awarded today, as well as PCCD's efforts to address gun violence generally, can be found under the Gun Violence tab on the website.

CONTACTS:  Governor's Office,, 717-783-1116

Kirsten Kenyon, PCCD,



Coordinated CVI Strategies Pilot Grants Award Recipients

Neighborhood Resilience ProjectAllegheny County Convened Violence Prevention$3,000,000Allegheny County
CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. Chester Community Violence Prevention Coalition$3,000,000Chester City (Delaware County)
Impact Services Corp. 19132: A Collective Impact Strategy$2,981,73419132 ZIP Code (Philadelphia)
Philadelphia City TreasurerPhiladelphia Cure Violence Coalition$1,892,369Philadelphia
LogosWorksYork County Violence Reduction Initiative$1,126,573York City (York County)



Violence Intervention and Prevention Competitive Grants Award Recipients

Allegheny County

Aaron Donald 99 Solutions FoundationCommunity Defense Project$80,015
ACH Clear PathwaysACH Clear Pathway's R.E.A.C.H. Program Support$450,000
Allegheny County Chief Executive OfficerRapid Employment & Development to Reduce Violence$2,426,014
Amachi PittsburghHear4U Mobile Outreach$440,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc.Woodland Hills Violence Prevention Program$268,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PennsylvaniaGreat Futures Solutions$1,809,760
Center for VictimsCompetitive VIP Grant - Comprehensive Response$2,500,000
Community Empowerment Association, Inc.Violence Intervention Proposal (VIP)$927,917
Focus On Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corp.Families Foremost$833,029
Foundation of HOPEHOPE Aftercare/MAD DADS Collaborative$809,000
Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc.P4:247 CommUNITY$1,500,000
Pittsburgh CityPittsburgh Youth Violence Prevention in Schools$2,499,909
Pittsburgh Community Services IncPCSI's Violence Intervention & Prevention Project$750,000
Ruth's Way,IncThe Achievement Consultation Program$111,105
The Pittsburgh Contingency, Inc. (South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace)South Pgh Coalition for Peace Outreach Program$160,000
The Pittsburgh Contingency, Inc. (Voices Against Violence)Voices Against Violence$187,500
University of PittsburghEmpowering Teens to Thrive$1,240,722
University of Pittsburgh (School of Medicine)Teen Outreach to Promote Safety (TOPS)$704,285
Wilkinsburg Sanctuary ProjectProject for Peace Service Camp$25,000
Youth Enrichment Services, Inc.Youth Lead Peer Engagement Violence Prevention Hub$650,000
YouthPlacesYouthPlaces Trauma-Informed Care Project$410,534


Beaver County

Women's Center of Beaver CountyViolence Prevention and Intervention Project$887,767


Berks County

Berks Community Action Program, Inc.FAST - Family Assistance & Support for TEENS$800,000
Center for Children's Law and PolicyViolence Prevention in Berks County, PA$830,600
Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County, PAOlivet Boys & Girls Club Safe Haven Project$607,267
Pennsylvania State UniversityBerks Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention$1,619,017
Reading HospitalReading Hospital Violence Recovery Program$193,078
The Salvation Army - ReadingTrauma-Informed Violence Prevention Initiative$261,676


Blair County

UPMC Center for High-Value Health CareTrauma Informed Community - Blair County Children$1,753,997


Bucks County

A Woman's PlaceEnhancing Children's Advocacy Program$183,500


Dauphin County

Center for Employment Opportunities, IncCEO Harrisburg GVI Crews & Peer Support Services$800,000
Community Action CommissionHarrisburg Community Safety Project$200,000
Harrisburg Area Learning Academy, IncCentral PA Center for Trauma and Healing(CCTH)$259,957


Delaware County

Chester Education FoundationChester Education Foundation VIP Phase 2$415,123
Making A Change GroupGVINE - Gun Violence Intervention and Empowerment$219,502
Urban Affairs Coalition (Chester Community Coalition)Chester Community Coalition 2023 VIP Application$259,000


Erie County

Youth Leadership Institute of ErieContinuing The Impact of Connected In 5$157,888


Franklin County

Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and ShippensburgPositive Action Implementation in Chambersburg PA$122,298


Lancaster County

ADVOZCommunity Restorative Practices Program$144,200
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' AssociationElizabethtown Peer Support Co-Responder Program$383,647


Lebanon County

Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon CountyConnected Together: Trauma Informed Lebanon County$348,887


Lehigh County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.Whitehall Community Mentoring Initiative$223,723
KidsPeace CorporationKidsPeace - Youth Exposed to Violence$694,826
Lehigh County Chief Executive OfficerLehigh County Youth Violence Prevention$488,053


Northampton County

Wilson Area LINCS Family Center IncWilson Area Community Violence Prevention$30,000
Greater Easton Development PartnershipYouth Mentoring & Safe Routes to School Easton$1,100,084


Philadelphia County

ACHIEVEability60th Street Strong Coalition$1,010,014
AMANDLA, IncSafe-Hub EduSoccer Program$147,595
Anti-Drug & Alcohol Crusaders, IncSafe Haven OST Program @ Hardy$169,000
Antioch of Calvary ChapelLevel Up Capacity Building$300,000
Artwell Collaborative, Inc.Therapeutic Art Programming for Philly Youth$275,000
B.O.O.S.T. Community Development Corporation (BOOST)Safe Streets$10,000
Beyond LiteracyKeystone Energy Employment Pipeline (KEEP) program$1,311,266
Beyond the BarsBeyond the Bars' Ecosystem of Support Model$250,000
Big Picture PhiladelphiaIn- and Out-of-School Time Mentoring Programs$2,181,936
Boys & Girls Club Of Philadelphia, IncBGCP Expanded Opportunities for at-risk teens$1,970,477
Build Our Lives Together Inc.BOLT School for Grassroots Leadership$50,000
BuildaBridge InternationalBuilding Bridges of Peace & Hope$40,000
Cambodian Association of Greater PhiladelphiaCambodian Community Violence Intervention$247,070
Caring People AllianceTeens on Target$417,043
Carson Valley Children's AidCVCA Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative$1,032,143
Center for Families and RelationshipsTogether Through Trauma Program$999,000
Central Division Victim ServicesExpansion of PATH and CTC$371,663
Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaYouth and Family Recovery$1,927,579
Community of Compassion, Inc.Queendom$205,000
Drexel UniversityCommunity Outreach Team (COT) Expansion$1,202,167
Education -Plus, Inc.SBHC Behavioral Health Project$299,125
Fathership FoundationFathership Community Anti-Violence Initiative$44,978
Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Inc.Collaborative Community Safety Project$1,250,000
First Person Arts, Inc.Unloaded - A healing course of storytelling$395,124
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New JerseyGirls Inc. Bold Futures$699,335
Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership CorporationOlney Lacrosse and Leadership Development$399,970
HIAS & Council Migration Services Inc. DBA HIAS PAViolence Prevention with Immigrant Youth$2,124,484
Intercultural Family Services, Inc.PEER2YOU$2,121,789
Love Exquisite Arts and Recreation Nonprofit CenterStop the Violence Philly Project$25,000
Lutheran Social Mission Society DBA Lutheran Settlement HouseSTAR - Breaking Cycles of Violence Together$725,832
Mt. Airy USA (D/B/A Mt. Airy CDC)Targeted Block Cleaning to Prevent Gun Violence$818,708
Nicetown Community Development CorporationTeen NiceSpace$900,000
Northwest Victim ServicesEmerging Community Solutions$135,000
One Art Community CenterOne Art Multimedia Arts Program$55,000
Oxford Circle Christian Community Development AssociationFels Success Center$445,113
People's Emergency CenterTrauma Therapy for North Philly High Schools$375,066
Philadelphia City TreasurerPhiladelphia DAO DATA CoLab$1,772,966
Philadelphia Mural Arts AdvocatesTransforming Spaces, Transforming Lives$1,500,000
Philadelphia Youth BasketballViolence Prevention in a Youth Development Center$889,532
Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.Expanding Partnerships for Youth Education and Employment$2,000,000
Playworks Education EnergizedPlayworks Community Coach Leadership Program$572,547
Power of Paint Art Academy & ManagementPaint Greater Than Initiative$86,981
Rock to the Future, Inc.Rock to the Future Music and Mentoring Programs$330,000
Sharing ExcessFood Rescue$55,880
Somerset Academy Early Learning CenterOperation Peace - Employ, Empower & Improve$584,990
Students Run Philly StyleMileUp: Mentorship & Juvenile Justice Reform$545,058
The Lighthouse, Inc.Project ROV (Recreation Over Violence)$1,368,926
The Monkey and The ElephantEmployment Training Program (ETP)$161,706
The Urban League of PhiladelphiaViolence Prevention Strategies$950,000
Tioga United, Inc.Youth Same Day Work and Pay Program$143,497
Unique Dreams, IncP.U.S.H Through the Wire$85,000
University of Pennsylvania (Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety)The PEACE Project:$1,517,546
University of Pennsylvania (Penn Injury Science Center)Enhanced Safe Passage Program$2,332,070
University of Pennsylvania (Penn Trauma)Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program$1,914,438
Uplift Center for Grieving ChildrenVIP Training and Data$399,994
Uplift Solutions Inc.Uplift Workforce Solutions Program Enhancement$607,840
Uptown Entertainment & Development CorporationUptown Youth Got Talent Violence Prevention Program$74,730
Urban Affairs Coalition (Neighborhood United Against Drugs)NUAD Violence Prevention Risk Reduction Intervention$50,000
Urban Affairs Coalition (YOACAP)YOACAP Project BUILD Bridge Program$545,051
We Love PhillyWorkforce Development & Pre-Apprenticeship Program$56,000
Young Chances FoundationYCF Resource Hub$986,028
Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH)Violent Crime Initiative$500,000


York County

Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc.Trauma-Informed Physical Activity VIP Program$384,975
The APJ Foundation, IncAPJ Foundation Mental Health Services$24,960
The Program for Female Offenders of South Central Pennsylvania, Inc. dba The Program, It's About ChangeProject Empower and Restore Families$300,000



Multiple Counties

The Lincoln Center for Family and YouthCommunity-based violence intervention program$2,500,000 Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia
Youth Mentoring PartnershipYMP Mentoring, Safe Havens & Social Emotional Learning$421,218 Chester and Philadelphia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capitol RegionPreventing Risky Behaviors through Youth Mentoring$272,213 Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry
Coalition of African CommunitiesImmigrants' Response to Violence Prevention$125,000 Delaware and Philadelphia
Temple University-Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher EducationStronger Together - Putting an End to Violent Crime$2,400,072 Delaware and Philadelphia
Youth Sentencing & Reentry ProjectHolistic Case Advocacy: Pilot Training Program$348,248 Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Laurel RegionEvidenced Based Youth Mentoring$215,000 Fayette and Westmoreland
United Way of the Greater Lehigh ValleyTrauma Exposure Support and Cure Violence Pilot$1,283,319 Lehigh and Northampton
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inc.VIP Through Hospital & Grassroots Collaboration 2$2,500,000 Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill
Children's Crisis Treatment CenterBehavioral/Physical Health Integration Expansion$407,063 Montgomery and Philadelphia
Bethlehem CityNeighborhood Level Interventions$726,000 Northampton and Lehigh


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