Community Foundation Opens Application for Third Round of Macon Violence Prevention Grants

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The Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) is set to commence the application process for the third round of Macon Violence Prevention (MVP) community grants on April 1. With funding from Macon-Bibb County, up to $800,000 will be distributed to organizations aimed at preventing violent crime, aligning with the goals of the community-generated MVP Strategic Plan.

Interested organizations must submit their applications by 12 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Applications can be accessed online at the Macon Violence Prevention Grant Program website. Additionally, all applicants are required to participate in an orientation session via Zoom on Thursday, April 4, at 1 p.m. as part of the grant application procedure. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia will provide office hours during this grant cycle to address potential applicants’ inquiries.

Mayor Miller expressed gratitude for the leadership of the Community Foundation, citing over $1.6 million already invested in providing crucial support and services directly to children and families across the county. Mayor Miller noted the positive impact of the MVP program, highlighting a 40% decrease in the overall homicide rate and a 67% decline in the youth homicide rate between 2022 and 2023.

Kathryn Dennis, President of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, expressed inspiration and enthusiasm for the work of previous grant recipients, emphasizing tangible results such as a significant reduction in violent crime levels in the community. Dennis underscored the long-term nature of the initiative, asserting the foundation’s commitment to supporting local organizations engaged in the effort.

The Macon Violence Prevention program was initiated in 2021 by Mayor Miller, bringing together community leaders to tackle violent crime using evidence-based solutions. The program’s strategic plan was developed based on feedback from community forums and surveys.

Mayor Miller emphasized the effectiveness of MVP programs, ranging from literacy initiatives to family counseling and mental health services, in creating a stronger, safer community over time.

Dennis reiterated the long-term nature of the endeavor, encouraging community-wide participation, whether through grant applications, volunteering, or other forms of involvement.

Organizations selected for funding during this cycle will be announced the week of July 29.

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