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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 for 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 Applicants:

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 May 23, to July 1, 2022.

Application Submission Deadline and Guidelines:

All applications are due by Friday, April 15th, at 5pm. To access the Request for Applications (RFA), click here. All applications must be submitted to PLC via the email address,

April 7, 2022 TA Session