INDIANAPOLIS — Fifty-four local projects were awarded $2,300,250 in grants by the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program on Tuesday.
Over the past three years, funding for the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program has increased by $750,000. This, according to the program, has enabled smaller and newer organizations to apply for funding.
The list includes the following:
- The Bail Project - $50,000
- Believers United in Local Development - $45,000
- Indy Public Safety Foundation - $46,000
- Mackida Loveal & Trip Mentoring Outreach Center - $50,000
- We LIVE Inc. - $40,000
The funding has been provided to groups who have demonstrated "an immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programs using proven or promising strategies."
Those strategies, as stated by the program, are:
- Serve and support African American males, ages 18-24;
- Focus on neighborhood mobilization through discrete activities, active violence disruption and community canvassing that targets, engages and involves hard-to-reach populations connected to gun-violence related activities;
- Provide intervention services that connect adults or youth currently interacting with the criminal justice system or reintegrating into society to community-based services to build the necessary infrastructure to prevent violent crime;
- Improve neighborhood safety through partnerships with IMPD’s Community Resource District Councils to mobilize efforts to reduce or prevent crime in specific geographical areas; or
- Partner with public agencies (law enforcement, courts, probation and parole) to help or prevent crime in our community.
“Grassroots organizations are in our communities every day working to prevent crime and violence and make Indianapolis an even better place,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said. “Through the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, we empower these community leaders with additional resources that multiply the impact they have on our city and the people who call it home – and I have been proud to work with the City-County Council each year to grow the funding available to support their efforts.”