Scott Administration Rolls out Second Round of ARPA Dollars to Support Violence Prevention in Baltimore

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Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Distributes Additional $300 Thousand to Community-Based Organizations to Cultivate CVI Ecosystem

BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, May 5, 2022) — Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced the second round of recipients of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars targeted at improving public safety outcomes to community-based organizations (CBOs). The distribution of awards totaling $300,000 is directly aligned with the Scott Administration's charge to co-produce public safety with the Baltimore community. In February, Mayor Scott announced the initial ARPA violence prevention grant recipients totaling over $17.6 million in funds. This funding is part of the $50 million ARPA dollars that Scott allocated to the public safety agency last year.

“These historic investments we continue to make in our community-based organizations are what make our approach to violence reduction different from the disparate, one-off efforts of the past,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “We are gaining momentum in the cultivation of Baltimore’s CVI ecosystem and the reduction of violence in our city.”

In April, Scott stood as a national leader in the Community Violence Intervention (CVI) space to lay out his strategy to expand Baltimore’s CVI ecosystem. Mayor Scott was joined by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE), White House Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC) technical advisors, the National Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI), Safe Streets Baltimore, community-based organization partners, Baltimore-area hospital system partners, and community partners.

This second round of grant awards will also support the cultivation of the city’s CVI ecosystem, from 10 to at least 30 contracts with community-based organizations engaged in outreach, mediation, violence intervention, hospital-based violence intervention, life coaching, victim services, and mental health support. With this funding, CBOs will have the ability to build capacity and amplify the effectiveness of community violence intervention strategies including, but not limited to, the provision of direct services and wraparound supports.

"Under Mayor Scott’s leadership, MONSE continues to prioritize showing up for our CBO partners in ways that support the work they do every day on behalf of Baltimore’s residents,” said Director Shantay Jackson of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement. “The more we invest in our CVI ecosystem through our community-based organizations, the more of a reach that our violence reduction strategies will have across all of Baltimore’s 90 square miles.”

MONSE continues to accept letters of interest for funding for organizations engaged in community violence intervention, victim services, youth justice, community healing, and re-entry work. Organizations may learn more and submit a letter of interest at the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement's Funding Portal. Grant applications in MONSE's five areas of focus will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis based on funding availability.

A list of the second round of community-based organizations and institutions to receive grants is as follows:

Organization Grant Amount Grant Timeframe Category and Brief Description Council District
Challenge 2 Change Inc. $100,000 Single Year Community Violence Intervention - Challenge 2 Change is a grassroots mentoring youth violence prevention and conflict resolution program. The organization utilizes a curriculum to both teach and help our youth to navigate through life's challenges and prevent personal injury. 13 - Citywide
MissionFit Inc. $25,000 Single Year Community Healing - MissionFit Inc offers a youth-oriented program to build strength and character through the power of movement while immersed in a positive community-building environment within cohorts of coach-mentors and youth. The program centers around physical and health education while developing skills that lead to improved social-emotional-mental wellness. 12 - Citywide
No Struggle No Success Inc. $50,000 Single Year Re-Entry - No Struggle No Success Inc. (NSNS) provides re-entry programming for clients aged 14-65, and juvenile diversion programming for youth ages 11-18. The organization aims to serve 220 annually, for a minimum of 18 months whether voluntarily or court ordered. The NSNS program empowers individuals by identifying and directly addressing all barriers, linking authenticate resources to influence improved life outcomes. 12 - Citywide
PIVOT Inc. $25,000 Single Year Re-Entry - PIVOT connects women released from the criminal justice system using comprehensive services through an 8-week reentry program and wraparound support for justice-involved women that enables them to reclaim their lives, rejoin their families and reinvigorate their communities. 13 - Citywide
The Door - Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation $25,000 Single Year Victim Services - This partnership between The Door and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore which focuses on trauma-informed care will support the expansion of evidence-based youth development programs designed to foster key protective factors in preventing and helping young people respond to adverse childhood experiences. 13 - Citywide
The RICH Program $25,000 Single Year Youth Justice - The RICH Leadership Program for Youth works with young boys and girls and provides them with leadership training, mentorship, academic assistance as well as conflict resolution training, conflict mediation training, community service learning opportunities, financial literacy education, workforce development for older youth and other learning opportunities. 10 - Citywide
Community Law in Action (CLIA) $50,000 Single Year (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) Youth Justice - CLIA's Pathways program is structured as a longitudinal pipeline that develops youth participants as leaders, provides opportunities for them to excel economically as well as access higher education opportunities. The Learning Journey emphasizes understanding the foundation of leadership development and community advocacy. 11 - Citywide
Total $300,000      

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