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Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to Pennsylvania CBOs, IHEs,
Agencies, and DAs to Address Community Violence

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Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants and in-kind support to Pennsylvania community-based organizations, IHEs, local governments, and district attorneys to address community violence across the state. The purpose of the program is to provide funding and technical assistance to support preventative measures and effective local intervention to stop gun and group violence in areas experiencing high rates of violent crime within Pennsylvania.

For the purposes of this funding announcement, ‘community violence’ is defined as intentional interpersonal violence (e.g., gun violence, group-related violence) in areas of Pennsylvania with high rates of violent crime using Uniform Crime Report offense data or similar local crime statistics.

Awards are tiered toward the applicant’s size and service area. NOTE: As this is a competitive application process, it is incumbent on the applicant to select the proper category.

  • Category 1: Small-sized organizations with under $100,000 in annual operating expenditures relying primarily on volunteers to operate and may have no full-time employees. These applicants are seeking funding to support small-scale, neighborhood level activities. This category will likely include community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status and community-based organizations without that designation but are working with a fiscal sponsor.
  • Category 2: Small-to-mid-sized organizations with annual operating expenditures of between $100,001 and $500,000 serving a limited geographic area or target population (e.g., grassroots group proposing activities serving one to two neighborhoods within a city or municipality). This category will likely include community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status who have one or more full-time employees.
  • Category 3: Mid-sized organizations with between $500,001 to $1 million in annual operating expenditures serving a geographic area or target population and is seeking to expand services to a larger service region. This category will likely include community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status and potentially some smaller municipalities.
  • Category 4: Large organizations with over $1 million in annual operating expenditures with significant capacity, experience, and ability to implement, expand and scale complex programs across a large geographic area (e.g., city, county, etc.). This category will likely include large community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status, institutions of higher education, larger municipalities and their district attorneys’ offices, and counties.
  • Category 5: “Umbrella” organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofit(s) or another VIP eligible applicant serving as a fiscal sponsor or applicant on behalf of a community-based organization. This funding must be directly tied to activities/expenses that support subgrantees/subrecipients’ specific projects (i.e., not general overhead).

Grants and technical assistance are to align with the list of eligible activities included in Section 1306-B(j)(22) of the Public School Code, which can be found here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 198478

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Awards will range from maximum budgets of $50,000 to $2,000,000.

Awards are tiered toward the applicant’s size and service area.

- Category 1: Small-sized organizations
Maximum: $50,000 for 2-year budget ($25,000 per year)

- Category 2: Small-to-mid-sized organizations
Maximum: $150,000 for 2-year budget ($75,000 per year)

- Category 3: Mid-sized organizations
Maximum: $500,000 for 2-year budget ($250,000 per year)

- Category 4: Large organizations
Maximum: $2 million for 2-year budget ($1 million per year)

- Category 5: “Umbrella” organizations
“Umbrella” organizations are eligible for up to 33% on top of the collective budgets of the organizations they are supporting (for an explanation, see page 2 of the Funding Announcement in Supporting Documents below).

Term of Contract:

Contingent upon availability of funds, applications awarded will be 24-month projects and have a start date of January 1, 2022 and an end date of December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

VIP funding is limited to the following entities that may submit an initial request/application:
- Community-based organizations without 501(c)(3) status
- Community-based or nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status
- Institutions of Higher Education
- Municipalities
- Counties
- District Attorney’s Offices*

*A district attorney’s office is eligible to submit an initial request via SurveyMonkey. However, in the event a district attorney’s office is selected for an award and is invited to make application in Egrants, PCCD expects the county to make the Egrants application on their behalf.

Physical security/infrastructure costs (such as security cameras, building modifications, and other “hardening” strategies) are not eligible activities under this solicitation. In addition, grant funds may not be used for:
- Construction;
- Land acquisition;
- Lobbying and political contributions;
- Honoraria or bonuses; and
- Vehicle purchases.

Pre-Application Information:

Open Solicitation Period: Friday, Sept. 3rd to Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Responses to all questions will be posted on PCCD’s Funding Announcement Q&A webpage (

If the initial request is approved at the December 1, 2021 School Safety and Security Committee meeting, applicants will be contacted by PCCD staff to complete a final, more robust application via PCCD’s Egrants system.

Recording of the September 14 webinar:

For slides, see the Supporting Documents field below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions regarding this initial request can be sent to

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