Our community is safer when people are cared for and connected to the resources they need. Toward this end, the St. Paul City Council is funding grants to community organizations doing work to address and prevent violence. The Community-First Public Safety City Council Fund will award grants to St. Paul community groups and organizations engaging residents from historically under-resourced areas of the city and/or areas disproportionately impacted by gun violence.
These grants will build on and complement community-first public safety investments made in the 2020 budget that funded the Community Ambassadors, Cure Violence, the Healing Streets Project, targeted youth employment, and increased after-school parks & recreation programming, created under the leadership of Mayor Melvin Carter and approved by the City Council. The funding for these grants will come from repurposing the City Council’s annual Community Organizational Partnership Program (COPP) funds that previously supported community engagement more broadly.
The deadline to apply is by 11:59PM on Wednesday, February 10th. It is expected that funds will be available starting in the spring and should be used by the end of 2021. Full details and an application can be found on the city website at the following link, and questions can be directed to COPP[at]ci.stpaul.mn[dot]us: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/city-council/community-first-public-safety-cfps-city-council-fund