Burns: Federal funds available to communities to reduce, prevent violent crimes

HARRISBURG, March 28 – Reducing violent crime through collaboration with law enforcement, local governments, and faith-based and nonprofit organizations is the goal behind a federal grant program that should be of local interest, state Rep. Frank Burns announced today.

Burns, D-Cambria, is encouraging organizations to apply for nearly $302,000 in federal Project Safe Neighborhoods grant funds, available through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. These funds are specifically focused on creating and fostering safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, Burns added.

“One of the best ways we can keep our communities safe from crime is through collaboration with law enforcement and local groups that are focused on a common goal of public safety,” Burns said. “These grants can fund a variety of projects designed to curb crime, including the hiring of additional county prosecutors to thwart illegal gun and drug trafficking, launching outreach strategies to keep at-risk youth safe, and assessing current violence reduction efforts locally.”

Burns added that priority for funding will be given to multi-organization collaborations across all levels of law enforcement.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

More information on the grant can be found by clicking on this link and choosing “Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)–Western District”: https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx