Gun Violence Prevention Commission Prepares to Open 2022 Grant Applications

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The Gun Violence Prevention Commission is preparing to offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to area organizations.

The mini-grants program is back, but a second grant opportunity is planned to put another focus on their efforts.

“The second round of grants will be what we call Interrupting Violence Grants, which are more intervention-based and they’re two-year grants. So the base funding for that will start at $25,000. said Councilman Joe Cobb, chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Commission.

17 organizations received money through the first mini-grant process in 2021.

“We used the funding to implement additional programs at after-school centers in the city of Roanoke. We have worked with children from kindergarten to 12th grade. And just really connected with them and helped them recognize their strengths and hopefully develop some of those protective factors that young people need to avoid getting involved in high-risk behaviors,” Jamie said. Starkey, program manager for Family Service of Roanoke. Valley.

Starkey said Family Service of Roanoke Valley plans to apply for another grant this year, potentially more focused on mental health services.

The candidacy process comes as Roanoke continues to see an increase in gun violence. According to Roanoke police statistics, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 7, the city saw the number of shootings in 2022 double from 2021.

“I think we’re all frustrated with what we’re seeing. We have too many families broken by this violence. The work we do, which is based on prevention and intervention, is long-term work,” Cobb said.

The City said that to see things change, we must all be together in this fight.

“We have to be. And where there are points of resistance or misunderstanding, we need to talk about them. Where there are gaps, we need to identify them,” Cobb said.

Organizations interested in receiving grant funds are encouraged to attend an information meeting on Wednesday. You can also find the full press release below.

“The Star City Strong Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Group made recommendations, which were approved by City Council on September 21, 2021, that made $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds available for efforts currently underway by the Roanoke Police Department, the Gun Violence Prevention Commission, and others with a particular focus on law enforcement, violence interruption, anti-violence activities gang and prevention efforts of importance to youth. City Manager Bob Cowell said, “This effort is a key part of the city’s overall framework for addressing gun violence – a framework focused on prevention, response and justice through engagement by and through through law enforcement, community partners and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. .”

The Gun Violence Prevention Commission will begin accepting requests for violence interruption proposals and Gun Violence Prevention Commission mini-grants focused on prevention, intervention, and response initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence in the community on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Bailout Act funds must register to attend an information session on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. The grant application period closes Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Roanoke City Councilman Joe Cobb said, This is a critical opportunity for nonprofits and faith-based organizations to participate in reducing gun violence in our community. Building on the success of our first round of mini-grants, we know that collaboration leads to transformation, and together we will create pathways for our youth and young adults to health and wholeness.

The commission is primarily interested in programs that work with youth and young adults and are collaborative in nature. The Gun Violence Prevention Commission mini-grants will be distributed in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 for activities to be completed by December 1, 2022. Proposals to stop violence will have a baseline of 25 $000 to be completed by December 1, 2023. Prevention, Intervention and Response Efforts May include:

• Youth development (after-school programs, mentoring, education, life skills)

• Training programs (manpower, conflict resolution, trauma-informed care)

• Scholarships

• Mental health counseling for families affected by violence

• Youth employment and entrepreneurship

• Violence Interruption Efforts in collaboration with our Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Team

Mayor Sherman Lea says, “Council and the community are united with the Roanoke Police and the Gun Violence Prevention Commission to do all that can be done to combat violence in our community. These grants are part of the actions we have put in place to provide an immediate response to violence and for the long-term prevention of further violence.

To register for the information session, please complete the registration form below:

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qdO6tqz0uHtxmvfmL5fcMxpca c9-hLojl

For more information, please email Joe Cobb and Angie O’Brien at [email protected]

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