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Twelve community-based organizations in Baltimore will receive a total of $600,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support violence prevention and public safety efforts, Mayor Brandon Scott and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced Friday.

“We rely on the partnerships with Baltimore’s community-based organizations to aid us in our public health approach to violence reduction and are proud to offer this support as we forge ahead in this work to produce meaningful, sustainable public safety outcomes for all Baltimoreans,” Scott said in a statement.

The $600,000 is part of the $750,000 MONSE has allocated to competitive grants for community-based organizations. To qualify, the 12 recipients had to fall under one of five focus areas: community healing, community violence intervention, re-entry, victim services, and youth justice.

The awardees of competitive grants include Ballet After Dark; Let’s Thrive Baltimore, Inc.; the Esperanza Center; re-entry organization National Center on Institutions and Alternatives; The Kerry Kares Foundation; Michele’s Haven, CDC, Inc.; Brown Girl Wellness, Inc.; Youth of the Diaspora; and We Rise!.

MONSE also granted non-competitive, one-year awards to a number of organizations dedicated to intimate partner violence prevention. My Covenant Place, House of Ruth, and TurnAround all received funding for abuser intervention programming.

Each organization has received a year-long grant between $25,000 and $120,000 to aid services in their select focus area. 

The goal of the funding is to reach at least 100 individual victims served by the grants, according to MONSE’s June 6 presentation to the Baltimore City Council Ways and Means Committee.

MONSE’s funding for violence prevention has come amidst growing calls for public safety actions in Baltimore City.

The Baltimore Banner and Fox 45 News reported that 2022 was on track to be the deadliest year in Baltimore’s history, with 177 homicides as of the beginning of July. 

Just days after these reports were released, a 14-year-old squeegee worker fatally shot a 48-year-old, bat-wielding man who approached a group of squeegee workers in downtown Baltimore, sparked national controversy and reignited conversations locally about how to prevent such incidents.

Several city officials have said there is not a catch-all solution, and that the city and communities must instead address the root causes of squeegee work.

“MONSE is partnering with CBOs on work that has never been done before in Baltimore in strategic, coordinated efforts to build public safety,” said Shantay Jackson, director of MONSE, in a statement. “These dollars belong to the community and we are working diligently to ensure that the folks who are on the ground have what they need to continue to administer these lifesaving services.”

Liv Barry

Liv Barry is Baltimore Fishbowl's 2022 summer reporting intern. Barry is rising junior at Washington College, where she is majoring in communication and media studies and double minoring in journalism,...