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Progressive Life Center (PLC) and the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in partnership with Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP), 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 OGVP understand that those who reside in the communities will provide suggestions and assist with solutions to prevent gun violence. This request for applications seeks small entities, organizations, and individuals to propose creative services to support community members in promoting public safety.

OGVP 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 applicants.

Award Amount:

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

Number of Awards:

Up to 50 grants will be awarded for this competition.

Length of Award:

The anticipated grant award period is July 17th to September 17th, 2023.

Application Release Date:

The application will be released on Friday, June 9th.