Grant money offered to nonprofits focused on reducing youth violence

DeKalb County officials have announced the availability of $1 million in grants that will go to nonprofits to help curb violence among DeKalb County youth.

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond recently announced the start of the DeKalb Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Grant initiative which will provide funding and the county’s partnership with local nonprofits that provide youth violence prevention and intervention strategies.

During his 2022 State of the County Address earlier this year, Thurmond spoke about the need to strengthen the efforts of those trying to make a difference in the community.

“We cannot sit back and let this bloodshed go unaddressed,” Thurmond said. “We have to do everything we can do to prevent acts of senseless violence. These grants will help support community groups that are already working to reduce violence, keep youth off of the streets and invest in the lives of our youth.”

The DeKalb Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Grant Program will be administered by the DeKalb Human Services Department with the goal of collaborating with nonprofits that are currently providing youth violence prevention and intervention resources, stated officials.

At a virtual meeting held June 1, officials provided more information about the initiative including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.


DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond recently announced the start of the DeKalb Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Grant initiative, which will provide funding and the county’s partnership with local nonprofits that provide youth violence prevention and intervention strategies. File Photo

Officials at the meeting stated eligible uses of grant funds include behavior health and mental health services; services to improve youth employment opportunities; services to address educational disparities in disproportionately-impacted communities; community violence intervention programs; evidence-based practices such as focused deterrence, street outreach, violence interrupters and hospital-based violence intervention models; wraparound services such as behavioral therapy, trauma recovery, job training, education, housing and relocation services, and financial assistance; and capacity-building efforts for community violence intervention programs.

The DeKalb Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Grant is competitive, and the total amount of awards allotted is based on the availability of funds, stated officials.

Those interested in applying for grants must request an application at https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/human-development/human-services. Additional requirements can also be found at the link or by contacting Special Projects Coordinator Annette Vandevere at (404) 542-7419 or avandevere@dekalbcountga.gov.

The application deadline is June 22 at 5 p.m. and recommendations of funding are expected to be sent to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners for approval in July.

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