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City of Pittsburgh Announces STOP Violence Community Investment Grants

Grants deployment of part of the city’s peace plan to end the violence

PITTSBURG –The City of Pittsburgh today announced that the application process for the 2022 STOP the Violence Grant is open. The grant is part of the City’s overall approach to ending the violence. Through the STOP Violence Community Investment Fund, the City plans to provide financial support in the form of grants to organizations offering programs that complement the Group Violence Intervention Violence Prevention Strategy ( GVI) existing from the City. Specifically, the grant aims to invest in organizations that take proactive action with people who exhibit one or more risk factors for violent behavior, supporting those people to overcome the risk factors, avoid violence and live a healthy life. healthy and productive. Applicants can request any amount ranging from $15,000 to over $90,000. The application deadline is July 5, 2022 at noon.

“It’s time to address violence as a public health crisis that can be treated and prevented,” said Mayor Ed Gainey. “We know that no single organization can effectively eliminate violence on its own, which is why my administration is focused on community partnerships. The STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund will allow us to support community organizations that are embarking on a bold vision to end violence and make Pittsburgh safe for all.

The STOP Violence Community Investment Fund aims to increase the effectiveness of GVI’s support and outreach, which strives to engage authentically with the community and positively impact violence through a partnership of community members, law enforcement officials and social service providers. Strong applicants should represent organizations located in areas of the city that currently experience high levels of violence; working to prevent violence; and require additional resources to continue this work.

“We are thrilled to make this opportunity available to organizations in our city that are already connected to our high-risk populations and doing all they can to prevent violence,” said Jay Gilmer, coordinator of Stop the Violence. “We know that relationships are key to supporting people, directing them to resources, and ultimately giving them greater purpose and hope.”

Here are examples of potentially eligible projects:

  • Academic, artistic, or athletic opportunities for high-risk individuals of all ages.
  • Family strengthening activities and parent/guardian support.
  • Mentoring for young people and/or adults.
  • Development of communities of support for traumatized people, reintegrated citizens and their families.
  • Culturally appropriate mental health counseling for those at high risk.

Ineligible expenses and projects include:

  • Fundraising campaigns for an individual
  • Annual fundraising events
  • Lobbying/advocacy

The City of Pittsburgh has partnered with the POISE Foundation to administer the STOP Violence Community Investment Fund grantmaking process. Potential awardees must complete a short eligibility questionnaire on POISE’s online application portal to find out if their organization is eligible to apply for the grant. If an organization meets the required criteria, the portal will direct applicants to the application.

To apply, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • A clear understanding of the dynamics of local community violence.
  • Experience implementing community programs that impact high-risk community members.
  • Relationships and trust established between those most affected by or currently involved in violence.
  • A history of providing services to the target population of the proposed project in the organization’s particular geographic area.
  • History as a communicative and responsible community partner in successful collaborations.
  • Operate their project in the City of Pittsburgh and/or serve people who live in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Preparation to launch the grant-funded project within 60 days of receipt of funds.
  • Recognized as a 501(c)3 or have a letter of intent or other documented support from a recognized 501(c)3 tax sponsor

2022 recipients can expect to receive their award in early September depending on the availability of funds. In addition to the grant award, grantees may also gain access to technical assistance, cohort collaboration, activities, and events.

For more information on the STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund: https://www.poisefoundation.org/stop-the-violence-community-investment-grants

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.