City of Pittsburgh Announces STOP the Violence Community Investment Grants


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City of Pittsburgh Announces STOP the Violence Community Investment Grants

Grants rollout part of City’s Plan for Peace to end violence

PITTSBURGH – The City of Pittsburgh announced today that the STOP the Violence 2022 grant application process is open. The grant is part of the City’s comprehensive approach to ending violence. Through the STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund, the City plans to offer grant-based financial support to organizations with programs that complement the City’s existing Group Violence Intervention (GVI) violence prevention strategy. Specifically, the grant looks to invest in organizations taking proactive steps with individuals who exhibit one or more risk factors for violent behavior, supporting those individuals to overcome the risk factors, avoid violence, and lead healthy and productive lives. Applicants can apply for any amount from $15,000 to more than $90,000. The application deadline is noon on July 5, 2022.

“It’s time to address violence as a public health crisis that is treatable and preventable,” said Mayor Ed Gainey. “We know that no single organization can effectively eliminate violence on its own, which is why my Administration is focused on community partnerships. The STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund will allow us to support community organizations who are committed to a bold vision of ending violence and making Pittsburgh safe for everyone.”

The STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund aims to expand the effectiveness of GVI’s support and outreach, which works to authentically engage with the community and achieve positive impact on violence through a partnership of community members, law enforcement officials, and social service providers. Strong applicants should represent organizations located in city neighborhoods that currently experience high levels of violence; work to prevent violence; and require additional resources to further that work.

“We are very excited to make this opportunity available to those organizations in our City that are already connected to our high-risk populations and are doing all they can to prevent violence” said Stop the Violence Coordinator Jay Gilmer. “We know that relationships are key to supporting people, directing them toward resources and ultimately providing a greater purpose and hope."

Examples of potentially eligible projects include:

  • Academic, arts, or sports opportunities for high-risk individuals of any age.
  • Family-strengthening activities and parent/guardian support.
  • Mentoring for youth and/or adults.
  • Development of support communities for traumatized individuals, re-entering citizens, and their families.
  • Culturally sensitive mental health counseling for high-risk individuals.

Ineligible expenses and projects include:

  • Fundraising campaigns for an individual
  • Annual fundraising events
  • Lobbying/advocacy

The City of Pittsburgh partnered with the POISE Foundation to administer the STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund grants process. Potential awardees must take a short eligibility quiz in POISE’s online application portal to know whether their organization qualifies to apply for the grant. If an organization meets the required criteria, the portal will direct applicants to the application.

To apply, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • A clear understanding of the dynamics of local community violence.
  • Experience implementing community programs that impact high-risk community members.
  • Established relationships and trust among the people most impacted by/currently involved in violence.
  • A history of providing services to the target population of the proposed project within the organization's particular geographic area.
  • History as a communicative and accountable community partner in successful collaborations.
  • Operate their project within the City of Pittsburgh and/or serve individuals who live in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Preparedness to initiate the grant-funded project within 60 days of receiving funds.
  • Recognized as a 501(c)3 or have a letter of intent or other documented support from a recognized 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor

2022 Grantees may expect to receive their award in early September based on the availability of funds. In addition to the grant award, grantees may also receive access to technical assistance, cohort collaboration, activities, and events.

For more information on the STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund:


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Maria Montano
Communications Director
Mayor's Office