Safer, Stronger DC Community Partnerships is part of the District’s overall public safety agenda. This broad-based prevention strategy is rooted in public health with the recognition that reducing community violence is not accomplished through law enforcement alone. The approach fosters a community-oriented model to crime prevention and public safety.
For this round of City Fund grantmaking, organizations may request between $10,000 to $50,000 for programs located within one of the following Safer, Stronger DC Community Partnership target Police Service Areas (PSA): 507, 602, 604, 702, 705 and 706. In addition, organizations should identify one of the following issue areas for the program/project: arts, education, environment, health, public safety, senior and disability services and workforce development. The grant period is one-year.
City Fund Issue Area Priorities
The City Fund was created to support a prosperous and sustainable city for all. Through seven different issue areas, the City Fund seeks to enhance the optimal development and well-being of children and families; utilize place-based strategies designed to efficiently and effectively address significant neighborhood needs; employ the use of parent, resident and civic engagement leadership strategies; and preserve established and institutional community anchors. The goals for each issue area represent the inclusive and equitable opportunity for all populations to be served.
To nurture creative talent and entrepreneurial enterprises and support innovative and cultural neighborhood institutions by:
- Using various artistic expressions to reflect the community’s heritage and traditions,
- Cultivating native artistic talent, and
- Maintaining and enhancing cultural institutions.
To improve educational outcomes by:
- Ensuring greater early success for all infants and toddlers,
- Excite and motivate children to learn and explore
- Sustaining neighborhood based learning centers
- Increasing family and community engagement
- Preparing youth for the economy of tomorrow.
To create a community environment more conducive for healthy living by:
- Providing more green landscapes,
- Expanding urban agriculture and community agriculture projects, and
- Ensuring children are educated in sustainability and prepared for a changing green economy.
To promote health and prevent and control chronic diseases and illnesses that disproportionately impact the targeted communities:
- Ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare,
- Reducing behavioral health problems (substance abuse, mental illness, trauma, etc.)
- Providing wrap-around services for children, youth and families
- Reducing sexually transmitted infections and increasing screenings during preventive care checkups,
- Ensuring residents have access to healthy foods, and
- Promoting healthy eating and active living.
To create communities that are conducive to healthy living by:
- Significantly reducing the incidences of violent crime,
- Reducing, domestic violence, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, and
- Providing activities that allow young people to have safe experiences and to remain positively engaged while not in school or at work.
Senior and Disability Services
To ensure that seniors and disabled residents are active, connected, healthy, engaged and happy in their environment by:
- Ensuring linkages to appropriate quality resources for independent and productive living in the community,
- Ensuring access to nutritious meals, physical and social activities, and financial preparedness for retirement and long-term-care needs,
- Supporting activities that create and strengthen partnerships to implement innovative practices, improve senior and disability services, and
- Increasing access to technology at home and in public places.
To ensure that all community residents are equipped with the necessary skills and abilities to thrive by:
- Improving the quality and focus of job training programs,
- Supporting the transition from high school to postsecondary opportunities.
- Mitigating barriers to self-sufficiency for households below 30% of the average median income, and
- Creating workforce development strategies in various industries.