APPLY TODAY: Applications Now Open for Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Program
$105 million available for groups working to reduce violence and make their communities safer
When it comes to preventing violence in cities and towns across the commonwealth, my colleagues and I made a key investment with the passing of the ’22-’23 budget: $105 million for the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.
It takes an all-hands-on-deck approach to combat violence in Pennsylvania, and community-based groups and initiatives are doing tremendous work on the local level.
Without them, our efforts to create a safe place for everyone to live would not be successful.
These groups have fought hard to carry out this important work in their neighborhoods, at times, with limited resources.
Groups reached out to my colleagues and me asking for help: we heard them and are delivering a helping hand.
Right now, the application process is live for the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.
We made a historic investment in this fairly new program, which just 18 months ago did not exist.
We launched it last year with $45 million in funding, and more than doubled that to $105 million this year.
Why? Because we know the need for more support is real.
Last year we received 370 applications, totaling a need for $170 million, with only $45 million available. This year’s investment gets us closer to reaching the need, and we are going to keep fighting for even more funding.
In the meantime, my team and I encourage all qualified groups to apply for this funding by visiting this website: Gun Violence Grants & Funding (pa.gov)
With deadlines fast approaching, don’t delay, apply today!