Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Forfeiture Fund

Pursuant to its obligations under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substances Forfeiture Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 5802, and the final order entered on February 17, 2021 in Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia, Civ. Action No. 2:14-cv-04687-ER, the Office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia must utilize funds forfeited to it to support community-based anti-crime and anti-narcotics organizations. 

The majority of funds should be committed to organizations collectively focused on engaging at-risk youth, including after-school programs, programs aimed at preventing violence or addiction, programs assisting with recovery and rehabilitation from addiction, and/or programs focused on reintegration and finding gainful employment after imprisonment emphasizing anti-crime/anti-drug/anti-violence elements in their work.

Organizations may use funds to support anti-crime/anti-drug/anti-violence initiatives consistent with guidance from the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and the United States Department of Justice.  A non-exhaustive list of permissible uses based on these sources will be provided to grantee organizations. 

The Fund will prioritize requests from grassroots community groups with smaller budgets, defined as $5 million or less.  Grants are limited to organizations working with people in the city and county of Philadelphia and each grant cycle will have a different focus.  Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000, with an average grant size of $20,000.

Grant Cycle Timing & Focus Areas:

2/14/24-3/6/24:  Addiction Recovery and Prevention

4/1/24-4/19/24:  Cycling, Swimming, Summer Camps

5/20/24-6/7/24:  Gun Violence Intervention

8/26/24-9/20/24:  Trauma, Healing and Support for Youth Impacted by Violence

11/25/24-12/27/24:  Support for Elder Victims and Anti-Violence Programs that Impact Seniors

2/3/25-3/14/25:  Re-entry and Workforce


2024 Application Cycle #3

The third application cycle of 2024 is only open to gun violence intervention programs.  Applications due June 7th by 12:00 midnight.

Well aligned intervention programs focus on individuals most at risk of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence. These programs work with very high-risk individuals to develop trusting relationships and connect them to services, supports and opportunities. 

Addressing the trauma that many very high-risk individuals have experienced, through strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is often a key component of intervention programs.  Additional aspects of model Intervention Programs focus on holistically meeting the immediate and medium-term needs of participants, such as housing, employment and healthcare.

Use of credible community messengers and some research backing or evidence-informed program design are encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating in Philadelphia providing programs aimed at preventing and responding to violence using transformative approaches.
  • Track record of delivering programming that helps Philadelphians escape poverty and avoid crime and drug addiction so that they may live productive, successful, and fulfilling lives.
  • Strong partnerships to reach individuals most at risk and to connect participants to holistic supports.

Application Process

Organizations that meet basic eligibility requirements are asked to complete an application and upload supplemental documents. Applications cannot be considered until the following supplemental documents have been submitted:

Download the application here

Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Forfeiture Fund

STEP 1: DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

Carefully review the criteria listed above and those listed in the application.

STEP 2: APPLY

The application deadline is 06/07/2024

Application can be downloaded here.

STEP 3: REPORT

Grant recipients will be provided with a link to a reporting form.