Effort looks to fight Philly’s crime problem with micro grants to community groups

Pat Loeb
April 13, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City of Philadelphia is accepting applications from community groups to run violence prevention programs in their neighborhoods. It's part of the effort to reduce the escalating rate of gun crimes.

“The city can't do this work alone,” said Theron Pride the city's director of violence prevention strategies and programs.

He says he's open to any ideas organizations come up with when they apply for funding through the Targeted Community Investment Grant Program.

“That could be everything from a community event, organizing a basketball tournament, bringing people together with food, music to then engage in a conversation about how do we make our neighborhood, our block, safer,” he said.

The program is part of the action plan the city's anti-violence team released in January and will provide microgrants from $500 to $20,000. These efforts will look to connect the most at-risk young men in the most violence prone neighborhoods to supports and services, jobs and education.

“We think this is a win in creating more partnership, in creating more capacity in the city to address this issue because so often it's about trust and relationships and people in communities who are doing this work have that trust, have those relationships,” he said.

The city's budgeted $500,000 for the grants. There's a link to the application here. They'll be accepted until April 30.