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Deadline: June 21, 2016

U.S. Department of Justice: Safe and Thriving Communities – Uniting and Enhancing Community-Based Violence Prevention, Defending Childhood, and National Forum Approaches

The Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) seeks to support and enhance efforts in more places to help catalyze and further the prevention and response to children’s exposure to violence and youth victimization and violence, especially gun and gang violence, through fully comprehensive approaches to violence and the promotion of well-being for youth. These grant funds are intended to increase the number of localities and tribes that will initiate or strengthen work to end youth violence, improve well-being, and contribute to public safety. Funding will be available in two categories:

  • Category 1 Applicants: New Sites. Applicants must convene a collaborative body that includes representation from affected youth and families, city/county leadership, law enforcement, public health, courts, workforce development, housing and urban development, local schools and colleges, career and technical education institutions, the business community, media, faith institutions, domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, community-based violence prevention programming and other civic and community-based organizations, and community members to undertake the proposed work. Governance of the collaborative is to be shared between the public and private sectors. A recommended approach is for the mayor’s office and a representative from the nonpublic sector to jointly lead the endeavor. The funding will support two phases of work — planning and implementation.
  • Category 2 Applicants: Current Sites. In this category, OJJDP invites its current eligible youth violence prevention sites to implement new activities to enhance present efforts and build a fully comprehensive approach to address children’s exposure to violence, prevent violence and promote the well-being of youth.

Amount: Varies by category:

  • Category 1: Up to six awards of up to $1,000,000, with $150,000 available for the planning period.
  • Category 2: Up to eight awards of  up to $500,000 each.


  • Category 1: Units of local government, state agencies proposing local initiatives in collaboration with community-based organizations, and federally recognized tribal governments.
  • Category 2: Existing grantee sites of OJJDP’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, Defending Childhood, and Community-Based Violence Prevention initiatives that did not receive funding under the FY 2015 Youth Violence Prevention Enhancement solicitation.

Link: http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2016/Safe&Thriving.pdf

Note: A webinar will be held on May 6, 2016.

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