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Mayor Horrigan Announces Additional $230,000 Awarded to Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Recipients


Total disbursement of VIP grants now over $1.6 million

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 07-26-2022

Akron, Ohio, July 26, 2022 — Today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced four additional grant recipients have been awarded funding under the city’s Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) grant program. This investment now brings the total amount of grant funding under the first round of this program to $1,624,000.

"The VIP grant program allows us to support proven mentoring, skills building and intervention programs in our community in order to prevent crime and enhance the wellbeing of a generation of young people and our community at large," said Mayor Horrigan. "By investing in the trusted and emerging community programs that are already doing this essential work in our neighborhoods, we can reach more people and be more effective in working towards our goals."

VIP Grant Recipients and Awards Include:

  • 100 Black Men - $20,000
    • Further enhance educational and economic opportunities for African American teens
  • Greenleaf Family Center - $30,500
    • Strengthen families in Akron through counseling, education, and support. Increasing education and support to EMT first responders and Full Term First Birthday mothers.
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship -  $80,000
    • Expand mentoring services and build capacity for goal setting and relational accountability for youth mentees
  • Students With a Goal (SWAG) -  $100,000
    • After school academic tutoring and leadership mentoring. Expanding to serve students from all parts of Akron

To read about prior first round grant recipients, click here.

The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program is open to nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations, as well as healthcare organizations that provide care to individuals experiencing trauma exacerbated by the pandemic and who are working in the violence prevention and intervention arena. Applications are currently closed but will reopen in October of 2022 for the second round of funding.

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

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