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published on February 13, 2020 - 2:20 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Fresno is one of 29 cities in California eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1.5 million from the state under a program called California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP).

A total of $27.5 million over 42 months is available to assist cities and community-based organization to develop and evaluate “local, evidence-based approaches to reduce violence locally,” according to a news release from the Board of State and Community Corrections, which recently approved the requirements.

Requests for proposals will be available Friday to apply for the grants.

The authorizing legislation for the Break the Cycle of Violence Act was signed by the Governor last year. The new statute focuses the grant on programs that “improve public health and safety by supporting effective violence reduction initiatives” in communities disproportionately impacted by violence.

There are 95 eligible cities in California, defined by their homicide and violent crime rates. Of those, 29 cities met criteria for being “disproportionately impacted by violence,” giving both cities and community-based organizations (CBOs) the green light to apply for up to $1.5 million. Another 66 cities met special criteria of need and may apply for up to $600,000.

Local cities on that list include Avenal, Coalinga, Dinuba, Huron, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier and Selma.

Successful applicant cities must pass through 50 percent of the funding to either CBOs or non-law enforcement public agencies dedicated to safety or violence prevention.

All successful applicants must provide a 100 percent funding match. Applications are due back to the BSCC on April 10, 2020. The grant funding cycle will begin July 1, 2020.

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