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Mayor Bowser Announces First Round of Community Partnerships Mini-Grants

Monday, December 7, 2015
Bowser Administration increases investments to support young people in underserved communities

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and senior Administration officials joined Executive Director of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (DC Trust) Ed Davies to announce the first round of Community Partnerships Mini-Grants. The Mini-Grants are part of Mayor Bowser’s Safer, Stronger agenda, and will direct additional resources to underserved neighborhoods in the District. The Mini-Grants will support programming focused on violence prevention and mediation, mentoring, youth enrichment programs, and family support.
 
Mayor Bowser introduced Safer, Stronger – a comprehensive public safety agenda designed to combat violent crime in the District and make the city safer and stronger – in September. The agenda, a mixture of legislative, budgetary and administrative measures, included the Community Partnerships Mini-Grants Initiative dedicated to funding non-profits that help improve the lives of individuals and families living in areas disproportionately impacted by violent crime.  
 
“The best way to fight crime is to prevent it before it even happens,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through my Safer, Stronger initiative we are providing additional resources to public safety agencies and investing in programs to strengthen communities affected by high crime.  This first round of Mini-Grants represents an important step forward – but we can and will do more.”
 
“We are proud to support Mayor Bowser and the District of Columbia in providing meaningful opportunities to support youth and families in some of our most under-resourced DC communities,” said Ed Davies, Executive Director of DC Trust. “Although it will take more than just programs to reduce violence and provide youth and families the opportunities to be successful, we know building and sustaining thriving communities – where all residents are safe and have an equitable chance to succeed and support stable families – is the most important work we can do.”
 
Twenty-eight Mini-Grants totaling $779,763 were awarded as part of a first round of funding. The programs funded through these grants will serve children and young adults in the Langston/Carver, Lincoln Heights, Benning Terrace, Woodland Terrace and Congress Park neighborhoods. The DC Trust continues to review applications and will award a second round of Mini-Grants next year. For more information about recipients, please visit the DC Trust website: dctrust.org/grants.