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FISCAL YEAR 2021 (FY21) Building Blocks DC Gun Prevention Mini-Grants



FISCAL YEAR 2021 (FY21) Building Blocks DC Gun Prevention Mini-Grants


Progressive Life Center (PLC) and Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in partnership with Building Blocks DC (BBDC), is collaborating to reduce gun violence in neighborhoods one block at a time. As part of an intention to invest in the community, PLC, DYRS, and BBDC understand that those who reside in the communities will provide suggestions and assist with solutions to prevent gun violence. This request for applications seeks for small organizations and entities to propose creative services to support community members in promoting public safety.

BBDC offers funding opportunities through grants to DYRS/PLC designed to support community-based activities that will make neighborhoods safer. In addition, applicants will receive support tools and encouragement to expand services into business opportunities for interested community members. This will further empower the community to participate in community reinvestment strategies and promote productive and self-sustaining neighborhoods.

Priority will be given to those District locations affected by recent gun violence. Categories include the following but are not limited to:

Community Wealth: Skills Building, Leadership Development, Community Cohesion & Encouragement, Providing support of basic needs.  Community Revitalization: Community organizing activities, Neighborhood outreach, Providing activities in a safe space, Murals, block cleaning, community gardens.  Community Healing: Community Responses to Violence, Restorative Justice Supports, Direct intervention activities, Healing/Mental Wellness.

Eligible Organizations/Entities:

Community-based non-profit groups and organizations, clergy groups, or small businesses located in the District of Columbia is eligible to apply, including District government agencies. For profit organizations are eligible but may not include profit in their grant application. For-profit organizations may also participate as subcontractors to eligible agencies.

Length of Award:

The anticipated grant award period is July 19, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

Application Documents:

Request for Applications
Mini Grant Application
Grant Budget Template

Pre-Application Meetings:

Applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-application meeting to be held on the following dates: Technical Assistance Sessions will be held in person on Thursday, June 17th and Tuesday, June 22nd at the DYRS MLK Achievement Center (2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC) from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. A virtual session will be held on Monday, June 21st 5:30 – 7:30pm. Applicants interested in attending must send a request to [email protected] with “Request to Attend Virtual Session” in the subject line. All requests must be received by 12pm on the 21st. A link will be sent within an hour of the session.

All questions and submissions should be sent to: [email protected].