Nearly $3 million to support long- and short-term crime prevention initiatives in community including support to develop infrastructure for organizations and grassroots
The Violent Crime Prevention Grant Program is accepting applications now through Nov. 5 for its 2021-2022 funding round. The program is funded from public resources allocated annually by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).
The program defines crime prevention as “any effort that seeks to reduce initial or chronic interaction with criminal and/or juvenile justice systems and increase the safety of Indianapolis residents and their neighborhoods by reducing risk factors or increasing protective factors.”
New to this year’s program is an additional $750,000 in funding to support community programming initiatives focused on the following categories:
- $186,000 to domestic violence reduction
- $186,000 to youth mental health
- $325,000 early interventions to support juveniles
“We know that domestic violence reduction, youth mental health and early intervention support for juveniles are essential pieces in the larger puzzle that is crime reduction,” said Alicia Collins, director of community leadership at CICF. “This additional funding ensures that more organizations focused on these community initiatives are included in our comprehensive approach.”
The program will continue to allocate $2.2 million to the following categories:
- $1.1 million for long-term crime prevention activities, including activities relating to re-entry
- $1.1 million for short-term crime prevention, crime reduction and other community outreach activities.
By using an equity framework, the program will give priority to organizations that clearly demonstrate immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programs using proven or promising strategies that:
- Focus on integrated, evidence-based outreach activities through discrete activities, active violence disruption, and community canvassing/outreach that targets, engages and involves hard-to-reach populations connected to gun-violence related activities
- Provide intervention services to youth (16-24) and adults (24-30) currently interacting with the criminal justice system, to community-based services to build the necessary infrastructure to prevent violent crimes in Indianapolis and capable of delivering measurable results in the areas of employment and job retention for the population(s) of focus
- Improve neighborhood safety within IMPD’s patrol districts through community mobilization efforts to reduce or prevent crime in a specific geographical area
- Partner with public agencies (The Office of Public Health & Safety, law enforcement, courts, probation and parole) to help or prevent crime in our community
Applications will be accepted until noon on Nov. 5, 2021, and must be completed using CICF’s online grants management system.
Questions about the grant program can be directed to Alicia Collins at Alicia@cicf.org or 317.634.2423.