District Attorney’s Office Announces Second Round of Grantees in 2024

May 20, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA

District Attorney Larry Krasner and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Community Engagement Unit awarded over $400,000 in violence prevention microgrants to 18 community-based 501(c)(3) organizations. This is the largest award distributed by the DAO and Philadelphia Foundation since the Violence Prevention Grant Program launched in May 2021. The program has awarded over $2 million since its inception.

As warmer weather approaches, so does the likelihood of increased gun violence. This latest round of awards is in keeping with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s (DAO) commitment to community-based organizations carrying out the important work of addressing the root causes of gun violence.

The awardees are as follows:

AMANDLA/Safe Hub, Inc. is awarded $20,000.

Azzim Dukes Initiative is awarded $10,000.

Bartram’s Garden is awarded $20,000.

Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling is awarded $25,000.

Build Our Lives Together (BOLT) is awarded $50,000.

BuildaBridge International is awarded $15,000.

Camp Jamison is awarded $20,000.

Power of Paint Academy is awarded $30,000.

Philadelphia Youth Football Academy is awarded $10,000.

Eyekonz Sports League is awarded $30,000.

Neighborhood Bike Works is awarded $20,000.

KB Foundation is awarded $20,000.

Kensington Soccer Club is awarded $25,000.

Lighthouse is awarded $50,000.

Men Who Care Germantown is awarded $30,000.

Rebel Arts Movement is awarded $10,000.

Shoot Basketball Not People is awarded $20,000.

Tree House Books is awarded $25,000.

The Philadelphia Foundation manages the grant application and review process for the District Attorney’s Forfeiture Fund grants

About:  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.