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Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and
For-Profits to Reduce Gun Violence

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and corporations to reduce gun violence in eligible locations. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing the needs of individuals of color at a high risk of gun violence, as well as proposals that show community, youth, and/or multi-organization collaboration. Any program or activity funded under this grant must take place in the City of Philadelphia and serve Philadelphia residents.

Special consideration will be given to projects in areas that are the most impacted by gun violence; however, this grant opportunity is open to participation throughout the City of Philadelphia. The following zip codes are most impacted by gun violence; organizations working in these zip codes are strongly encouraged to apply: 19104, 19118,19119, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19124, 19126, 19129, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19135, 19136, 19137, 19138, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, 19144, 19145, 19146, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152.

To achieve and sustain a reduction in gun violence and improve the quality of life in affected communities, the City is investing in organizations with strong track records of delivering quality anti-violence interventions to help them expand and strengthen their efforts. Part of the Anti-Violence Community Partnership Grants includes the launch of the new Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grants.

Organizations aligned with the programmatic requirements are asked to propose activities that have either of the following concentrations:

  1. Trauma Informed Healing and Restorative Practices
    • Trauma-informed care is a treatment framework that acknowledges the effects of all types of trauma on the individual and emphasizes physical and emotional safety while rebuilding to a sense of control and wellness. Behavioral health interventions would address trauma and support the resilience of impacted individuals and communities.
    • Restorative practices are programs that allow impacted communities (i.e., victims, offenders and their respective family members and friends) to come together to explore the effects of violence or an offense and, when possible, to decide how to repair the harm within their respective communities.
    • Utilization of cognitive behavioral health tactics as a form of persistent engagement of high-risk youth and young adults designed to support their involvement in voluntary or court mandated programs that are aimed at reducing recidivism and/or disrupting individual and family economic disadvantages.
  2. Safe Havens and Mentorship
    • Safe havens are physical environments and programs that are culturally relevant and support positive youth development, reduce risk factors for perpetration or victimization of gun violence, and serve as alternatives to delinquent activities.
    • Mentorship is defined as innovative approaches to engaging youth and young adults in positive relationships that will promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Programs could include engaging the business community, peer-to-peer programs, credible messengers, and/or parental seminars.
    • Structured programming that supports the recruitment and retention of participants in workforce programs designed as interventions to reduce poverty and improve economic mobility to prevent violence.

Expectations for All Proposed Projects

Organizations must tailor their proposed intervention to the high-risk activities and behaviors of community members who are most likely to be involved in or impacted by violent activities—specifically gun violence—in the immediate future. Programs must be conducted in the targeted communities or with the targeted population. Proposed violence reduction approaches must engage faith- and/or community-based organizations/leaders to intervene in conflicts or potential conflicts and promote alternatives to violence. Programs must include improved coordination of existing resources and activities that support complementary multi-disciplinary anti-violence strategies. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 198105

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The City will provide grants ranging from $100,000 to $1 million.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place between fall 2021 and summer 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City will provide grants to community-based organizations that have annual operating budgets below $15 million and a proven track record working in neighborhoods vulnerable to gun violence.

Organization Requirements:
- Philadelphia-based 501(c)3, B Corp, or LLC, with a valid 501(c)3, B Corp, or LLC designation for more than three years, OR Philadelphia-based organization with a fiscal sponsor for more than three years whose mission and work are consistent with the goals of the AntiViolence Community Grants Program to reduce gun violence and sustain reduced gun violence, OR a Philadelphia-based 501(c)3, B Corp, or LLC led by an individual whose personal proven track record extends to over 3 years of community anti-violence work
- At least one full-time equivalent (FTE) staff person
- Annual operating budget below $15,000,000
- An understanding of and credible presence within the targeted Philadelphia neighborhoods
- Proposed programming must directly serve/respond to the high-risk activities and behaviors of community members who are most likely to be involved in or impacted by gun violence
- All staff and volunteers who work with youth must complete and maintain current child abuse clearance and criminal background checks throughout the duration of grant-funded activities
- Organizations cannot have a deficit greater than 10% of its operating budget in the past year

Strongly Preferred (but not required):
- Written, board-approved policies regarding whistleblowing, conflict of interest, and document retention and destruction
- Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months
- No familial relationships among board and staff members
- Financial audit completed in the last 12 months

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- Funds can be used for background checks (i.e., FBI and Child Abuse Clearance).
- Funds cannot be used for scholarships.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Expansion Grant virtual informational sessions:
(Attendance at these informational sessions is optional.)

Monday, August 16, 2021 (noon – 1 p.m.)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

Pre-Application Information:

The application will open today, August 6 and will close on September 17, 2021.

Because there is urgency to get these applications vetted and to provide resources to organizations as swiftly as possible, applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on August 20, 2021.

Applicants that advance to the second round of consideration will be required to make a presentation and participate in an interview as part of the selection process. Applicants must be available to participate in an interview/presentation between August 30, 2021 - September 17, 2021.

Release of Community Expansion Grant funding begins September 2021.

To view the recording from the public info session on August 16, see: and enter this passcode: 0c^?wPT7

To view the recording from the public info session on August 17, see:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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