State Senator Don White has announced that applications are being accepted for community safety grants.
The grants are open to local municipalities, colleges and community groups, and are part of a new program included in this year’s budget to improve school safety and address the issue of community violence. Eligible uses for the grants include mentoring services for at-risk children and families, promoting communication between the schools and law enforcement, linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems, and other programs that have a goal of reducing community violence overall.
A total of $7.5 million in grant funding is up for grabs, and will be awarded through June 30th, which is the end of the state’s fiscal year. Also, an additional $52.5 million will be awarded to schools throughout the year to improve school safety. The first round of these grants were announced in October.
Interested groups have until February 7th to apply for the grants. Applications are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency website at www.pccd.pa.gov.