Sen. Yaw: Community Safety Grants Available to Municipalities, Colleges, Other Organizations

HARRISBURG – Local municipalities, colleges and community groups have until February 7 to apply for state grants to boost safety and reduce violence, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

The grants are part of a new program included in the 2018-19 state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide through June 30 to support violence prevention programs.

“The risks facing young people in Pennsylvania do not end when the last school bell rings at the end of the day,” Sen. Yaw said.  “The conditions young people face after they leave school grounds can be equally hazardous. “The grants awarded through this program will help build stronger partnerships in the community with the goal of creating a safer environment for children.”

Eligible uses for the grants include mentoring services and other intervention services for at-risk children and families; promoting communication between school entities and law enforcement; linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems; and other programs designed to reduce community violence.

Applications and more information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website at under the School Safety and Security heading.

A total of $52.5 million in grants will also be awarded to school districts during the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, to improve school safety. The first round of those school safety grants was announced in October.

More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at

You can also follow Senator Yaw on Twitter and Facebook @SenatorGeneYaw.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
(717) 787-3280

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