YORK – Local municipalities, colleges and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence, according to Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).
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.
“The protection of our children is paramount, but it does not stop with only making our schools safer,” Phillips-Hill said. “These grants will provide stronger partnerships in the community with the overall goal of making our communities, including schools, safer for children, parents and teachers alike.”
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 tab, or by calling the senator’s office at 717-741-4648.
Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019.