A Pennsylvania grant program will award up to $350,000 for municipalities, community organizations, and select others willing to partner with a school to address community violence.
The deadline to apply for the grant is February 7.
Here are some of the details of the program:
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) will award the grant for programs designed to reduce community violence. Programs are anticipated to make schools safer by:
Who may apply?
Eligible applicants include municipalities, counties, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations working in conjunction with school districts or school entities to propose programming to reduce community violence.
These grants require K-12 schools to partner with eligible organizations in order to access funding. The partnership requirement facilitates relationships that are necessary to create strong programming.
The community violence program grants differ from the earlier School Safety and Security grants. One of the weaknesses described in the Governor’s School Safety Task Force Report was a lack of partnerships between schools and community organizations. These new grants require that partnership.
Can the school district compose and submit the application after partnering with an eligible applicant?
The eligible applicant, and not the school, should submit grant applications to the School Safety and Security Committee using the commission’s eGrant system. Eligible applicants are encouraged to collaborate with local school entities to create effective proposals.
The deadline to submit applications is February 7. The commission will field questions until the close of business on February 4. The PCCD publishes a Q&A page of questions as they are answered.
Do not wait until February 7 to register on eGrants. Eligible applicants – the non-K-12 school groups – should register with PCCD’s eGrants system as soon as possible. Registration my take a few days and the application is not accessible unless the eligible applicant is registered.
What else do I need to know?
The committee published a funding announcement providing guidance on the application process. Some key points to consider as you work with an eligible applicant to create a proposal are: