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This Request for Applications (RFA) announces Progressive Life Center (PLC) in collaboration with Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) and the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) intention to invest in community-based non-profit groups and organizations, faith-based organizations, individuals or small businesses located in the District of Columbia to provide supports and services to the community. PLC seeks entities to propose innovative programming or activities to support reductions in gun violence for District of Columbia communities. Proposed programming or activities should include one or more of the following: skill-building opportunities, neighborhood beautification/restoration, restorative justice support, family connectivity and empowerment, multidisciplinary arts activities, and community engagement, among others. PLC encourages applicants with unique proposal ideas that promote neighborhood enhancement and rehabilitation as we seek to innovate the breadth and extent of services provided to our communities.

All proposed programs or activities should be in alignment with the vision of Building Blocks DC (BBDC) and the steppingstone for supporting community reinvestment for neighborhoods and blocks most affected by violence. The partnership between OGVP, DYRS, and PLC is a seamless collaboration to an existing community support for residents.

This grant will support neighborhoods through a wide range of programs and activities that emphasize individual strengths, personal accountability, public safety, skill development, family involvement and community support. The core of this collaboration is to provide a helping hand in transitioning to productive and self-sustaining communities as one of the most effective public safety strategies. By investing in community-based organizations and activities, DYRS, OGVP and PLC seek to collaborate with community members, stakeholders, and organizations engaging in community reinvestment.

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