Washington DC awards $5,000 to those who help reduce gun violence in neighborhoods

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Office of Gun Violence Prevention Director Linda Harllee Harper invited District residents and community organizations to apply for up to $5,000 in Building Blocks DC Grants, administered by the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Armada (OGVP) to support activities and programs aimed at creating a safer DC. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 15, 2022 at 5 pm

“The goal of these grants is to empower the community,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know that solving problems of violence requires a whole community approach. With these grants, we are supporting people who have deep roots in our community, understand the challenges we face, and are passionate about saving lives and building a safer DC.”

OGVP, in partnership with the Progressive Life Center and the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services, awards grants of up to $5,000 to reduce gun violence in neighborhoods. This grant opportunity is for nonprofit community groups and organizations, clergy groups, individuals, or small businesses in the District to propose creative services related to community wealth, healing, and revitalization. Past grantees have provided activities related to leadership development, mental healing and wellness, community outreach, block clearing, direct intervention, and more. Priority will be given to communities most affected by armed violence. For more information about eligibility and this grant opportunity, visit progressivelifecenter.org/office-of-gun-violence-prevention.

“We know that gun violence prevention work requires the collaboration of residents to be effective,” said Director Harllee Harper. “These grants continue our promise to connect our community partners with the resources they need to continue doing this important work.”

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 15. Residents can access the application here. All applications must be emailed to Progressive Life Center at [email protected]