The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs recently announced the 2011 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) grant program. The PSN program provides federal grant funding to help create safer neighborhoods by reducing gang and gun violence. Any proposed grant project should include the five features of the Project Safe Neighborhoods model to address gun and gang problems: partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability. Competitive projects will use the grant funding to engage in intelligence-driven and data-driven strategies to create safer communities.
Project Safe Neighborhoods was launched in 2001, with the understanding that the most effective gun and gang crime reduction programs were comprehensive, coordinated, and community-based. That is to say, the most effective programs incorporate prevention and deterrence efforts; have coordination between the enforcement, prevention and deterrence efforts; and are responsive to the unique needs of each respective community.
Eligible applicants include states, units of local government, schools and educational institutions, faith-based and community organizations and nonprofits in targeted districts. Applicants are required to work in conjunction with their local Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force in applying.
The grant program will provide an estimated $9.5 million to successful applicants this year, and the grant proposal deadline is July 21, 2011.