Harrisburg – Local municipalities, colleges and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence, according to Senator Mario Scavello (R-40).
The grants will be offered as part of a new program that was included in this year’s state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide during this fiscal year through June 30 to support community violence prevention programs.
Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019.
“Violence is a destabilizing force for children, whether in school or the neighborhood, and it impacts the entire community,” said Scavello. “These grants will help fund local, innovative efforts that target the multiple causes of violence and give at-risk children a better chance at realizing their full potential.”
Eligible uses for the grants include mentoring services and other intervention services for at-risk children and families; promoting communication between school entities and law enforcement; linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems; and other programs designed to reduce community violence.
An additional $52.5 million in grants will be awarded to school districts to improve school safety throughout this fiscal year. The first round of these school safety grants was announced in October.
Applications and more information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website at www.pccd.pa.gov under the School Safety and Security heading.
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