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November 5, 2008 > Union City committed to combat youth violence

Union City committed to combat youth violence

By Simon Wong

The City of Union City re-affirmed its commitment to reducing youth violence prevention and intervention when Tony Acosta, Deputy City Manager, informed the Human Relations Commission at their October 2008 meeting that the City will apply for a CalGRIP grant.

The California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program (CalGRIP) is the initiative announced by Gov. Schwarzenegger in May 2007 to combat gang violence. $48 million of state and federal funding is available to California cities and community-based organizations for gang prevention, intervention, re-entry, education, job training and skills development, family and community services, and suppression activities.

The 2008/2009 State Budget allocated approximately $6.2 million to CalGRIP. For the 2009/2010 grant cycle, at least $962,000 will be available for at least two Bay Area cities and at least $962,000 will be available for at least two Central Valley cities. At least two grants will be made to cities with populations of 200,000 or less.

"CalGRIP fits exactly with what we're doing. It couldn't be a better fit. That's the good news. The bad news is it will be highly competitive as the grant pool is $6.2 million for the entire State," said Mr Acosta.

Applicants must compete for funding and provide a dollar-for-dollar match of the funds requested. Applications must not exceed $400,000 and the actual amount received might be scaled back by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) to create more widespread benefit. The City of Los Angeles, however, will be awarded grant funding on a non-competitive basis, as provided for in the State Budget.

An inter-disciplinary committee, consisting of representatives from UCPD, the Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, the Human Relations Commission and City officials, will partner with other agencies such as the Newhaven Unified School District and Alameda County Probation Department, to define the scope of Union City's grant proposal. One will be designated as the "lead agency" and brief Randall Funding & Development, Inc. who will prepare the grant application (aka Request for Proposal or RFP).

The City may also be eligible for Supplemental Foundation Support because of its holistic and coordinated approach to reducing gang and youth gun violence through deterrence and employment. Funding is provided by a foundation established by The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region: Community Benefit Program.

Initially, a total of $1 million is available for up to three cities that receive CalGRIP grants to assist with the implementation and development of an effective, coordinated strategy. The latter should have clearly defined roles and responsibilities for criminal justice agencies, social services, employment training and opportunities organizations, congregational and faith-based groups, gang outreach programs and other participatory agencies.

The OES must receive RFP's by 5pm on November 25, 2008.

For more on CalGRIP, visit http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/calendar/2007/05/25

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