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How are we supporting the ideas of residents for addressing gun violence in their neighborhoods?  

Lead Agency 

Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP)

Partner Agency 

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services 

Acting Director:

Sam Abed

Partner Organization

Progressive Life Center

Year(s) Funded 

FY21 - present 

Status 

Ongoing

Agency Contact

BuildingBlocks@dc.gov 

For More Info

Request for Applications typically occur 3-4 times per fiscal year. Visit the grant coordinating partner Progressive Life Center to sign up to be notified of this grant opportunity.

Program Summary 

Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to community members or organizations to provide innovative programming, activities, resources, and/or services to reduce gun violence in DC neighborhoods.

How does it help? 

Residents and communities often have great ideas for solving gun violence in their neighborhoods. Sometimes this work is already happening and paid out of their own pockets. These grants offer residents the opportunity to be a part of the solution and to build on the work they want to do or are already doing. These grants ensure that the community is an active part of the solution in the District’s approach to gun violence.

How much is invested?

Since 2021, $1.5 million dollars have been granted to individuals and community organizations. As of 2023, the Office of Gun Violence Prevention is focusing on mini-grants of $5,000. 150 of these mini-grants have been given out since 2021. For the most recent awards granted in January of 2023, 25 mini-grants were awarded totaling $125,000.

Who uses this program?

Community members or organizations that provide innovative programming, services, or resources to District residents vulnerable to gun violence. 501(c)(3) status is not required.

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