Community Safety Grants Available to Municipalities, Colleges, Other Organizations

HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) is encouraging local municipalities, colleges and community groups to apply for grants to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence.

The grants will be offered as part of a new program that was included in this year’s state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide during this fiscal year through June 30 to support community violence prevention programs.

Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019.

“Nothing is more important than protecting young people, and our efforts to create a safer atmosphere for students must go beyond the hallways and classrooms to include the entire community,” Bartolotta said. “This program is designed to build stronger partnerships in the community to ensure every student can enjoy a safe environment that can serve as a platform for learning and growth.”

Eligible uses for the grants include mentoring services and other intervention services for at-risk children and families; promoting communication between school entities and law enforcement; linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems; and other programs designed to reduce community violence.

An additional $52.5 million in grants will be awarded to school districts to improve school safety throughout this fiscal year. The first round of these school safety grants was announced in October.

Applications and more information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website at www.pccd.pa.gov under the School Safety and Security heading.

CONTACT: Katrina Anderson (717) 787-1463