PITTSBURGH, PA (May 11, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative has announced a new violence prevention and intervention mini-grant program for community organizations focused on reducing violence and peacemaking efforts throughout the city.
The mini-grant program is offering up to $3,000 in funding to organizations that support neighborhood-centric violence prevention, intervention and street outreach activity that communities have called for and in response to a recent surge in violence.
“We know that there are many community partners working in the violence reduction and prevention space in Pittsburgh,” said Chief Equity Officer Majestic Lane. “The City’s Office of Equity, MBK and Group Violence Intervention team work closely with these groups because they are critical community-based resources throughout our city. We also know that up to $3,000 can go a long way to uplift and further their initiatives and activities that make a difference for our neighborhoods.”
“A public health approach, Group Violence Intervention work and trained street outreach have been effective in reducing violence and building peace,” said Josiah Gilliam, My Brother's Keeper Coordinator. “It's our hope to support activities, programs and other opportunities at the community level while also better connecting and highlighting these efforts in the hopes to save lives and improve outcomes.”
MBK will fund the mini-grants with support from the Heinz Endowments. Applications are available online until May 31 and will be managed and processed by the POISE Foundation. Applicants are required to have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor to apply.