PHILADELPHIA — Forty-seven community-based organizations in Philadelphia that offer violence prevention services and support were given each a cut of more than $700,000 awarded by the city.
Efforts being funded include job training in areas such as culinary arts, barbershops, and entreneurship; "Peace Pop Up Shops" that offer trauma-informed care for those affected by violence; grief support programming for impacted families; and training for young adults to become "Peace Ambassadors" in their neighborhoods.
The funding also supports workshops, sports activities, discussion groups, and 'safe spaces' for young men who are at the greatest risk for gun violence.
The awards represent the first round of funding in the Targeted Community Investment Grant Program, a key initiative of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities.
Out of 409 applications, 47 awardees were selected.
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will support both new and existing programs in neighborhoods impacted by violence to help prevent or reduce gun violence among youth and young adults living in these communities.
"The strong response to our call for grant applications clearly demonstrates that our communities are ready, willing and able to be part of the solution," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "The dedication and ingenuity of residents and groups to preventing violence is inspiring. These grants are the first step towards the City providing support for our communities in a more tangible way."
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