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Mayor Horrigan to Begin Accepting Applications for Next Round of Violence Intervention and Prevention Grants on Oct. 1


Applications due by October 31, 2022

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 09-29-2022

Akron, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2022 — On Saturday, October 1, 2022 Mayor Horrigan will once again open applications for the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program. The City has already approved over $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded grants to 15 local organizations working to prevent violence from occurring, stop the progression of violence, and rehabilitate individuals with a history of violent behavior.

In this next round of funding, the City is looking to fund programs working in the following areas:

  • Mentorship
  • Recreation Discretionary Time
  • Re-Entry Support
  • Police-Youth Relations
  • Mental Health, Traumatic Stress, and Substance Abuse 
  • Gun Violence Reduction
  • Community Awareness & Involvement

“The issue that most residents in our community rank as their number one concern is safety,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “Combatting violence is not a one size fits all solution. By taking a holistic approach to address the systemic causes of violence we can start to make a real, sustainable difference in our community. The organizations we’ve been able to fund through the VIP Grant Program are already making an impact through after school programming, re-entry support for juveniles, job training, recreational opportunities, and more. I look forward to helping support another group of grass-roots organizations who are already doing the core work of engaging our youth.”

To see a list of the organizations the city has already funded click here.

The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program is open to nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and healthcare organizations. The City aims to announce grant recipients by December 2022 and the awards will be up to $100,000 per organization.

Applications open this Saturday. To apply, please visit The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

For further information, contact:
Stephanie Marsh
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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