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Progressive Life Center (PLC) and the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in partnership with Building Blocks DC (BBDC), is collaborating to reduce gun violence in neighborhoods one block at a time. As part of an intention to invest in the community, PLC, DYRS, and BBDC understand that those who reside in the communities will provide suggestions and assist with solutions to prevent gun violence. This request for applications seeks for small entities, organizations, and individuals to propose creative services to support community members in promoting public safety.

BBDC offers funding opportunities through grants to DYRS/PLC designed to support community-based activities that will make neighborhoods safer. This will further empower the community to participate in community reinvestment strategies and promote productive and self-sustaining neighborhoods.

Priority will be given to those District locations affected by recent gun violence.  Categories include the following but are not limited to:

Community Wealth

Skills Building
Leadership Development
Community Cohesion & Encouragement
Providing support of basic needs

Community Revitalization
Community organizing activities
Neighborhood outreach
Providing activities in a safe space
Murals, block cleaning, community gardens

Community Healing
Community Responses to Violence Restorative Justice Supports
Direct intervention activities
Healing/Mental Wellness

Eligible Organizations/Entities:

Community-based non-profit groups and organizations, clergy groups, individuals or small businesses located in the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. For profit organizations are eligible but may not include profit in their grant application. For-profit organizations may also participate as subcontractors to eligible agencies.

Award Amount:

The grants offered will be mini grants with a maximum award amount of $5,000.

Length of Award: 

The anticipated grant award period is January 7, 2022, to February 28, 2022.

Application Submission Deadline and Guidelines: 

All applications are due by Friday, November 12th, 2021, at 5pm.  The Request for Applications (RFA) will be available electronically beginning Monday, October 25th at  All applications must be submitted to PLC via the email address,

FY22 Building Blocks DC (BBDC) Winter Mini-Grant Application

Recorded Technical Assistance Session – Passcode: &2i.Px6d (note: you may need to type the passcode in versus copy and paste)

Technical Assistance Slide Presentation