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The Office of Gun Violence Prevention partnered with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and Progressive Life Center on the distribution of grants to community members engaged in efforts aimed at reducing gun violence in those neighborhoods most affected.

There are two types of grants:

  • $5,000 mini-grants will be awarded to individuals to create activities that engage residents, leaders, and organizations in promoting public safety.
  • $50,000 grants will be awarded to entities or organizations who will create innovative programs to reduce gun violence in the District of Columbia. The program should include one or more of the following: skill-building opportunities, neighborhood beautification/restoration, restorative justice support, family connectivity and empowerment, multidisciplinary arts activities, and community engagement.

Below is a list of recipients of the first round of BBDC Community Grants! The next cycle for applying for the community grants is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022, around the October-December timeframe in 2021.

Name of Grant Recipient/Program  Proposed Program Location (Ward) Program Description
Mini-Grant Recipients    
Aniese Holston/The Love Heals Project Pardise at Parkside, Mayfair Mansions, Lotus Square, Metro Towns at Parkside and The Groves (Ward 7) Youth program that will provide workforce skills, self -care training, mentoring, and money management.
Ann Coles II/ACC-PSC Artistic Collaboration Bellevue Congress Heights, Washington Woodland, Anacostia, Fairlawn, Deanwood (Ward 8) Arts-based program focusing on stage production.
Antoine Jones BBDC- Mini-Grant-Jumpstart Entrepreneurship Program (Wards 7 & 8) Entrepreneurship classes
Carolyn White/Sisters for Sisters (Ward 7) Riggs Road - SE Washington Provide services on neighborhood outreach.
Clarence Miles/Gun Down Short Film  LeDroit Park and Langston Lane (Ward 8) Youth discuss, develop, and write a script on gun violence.
Denzell Brown/The Brave Behind The Bullet Initiative  Anacostia, Deanwood, Kenilworth, Edgewood, Trinidad, Langdon, Montana Terrace (Ward 7) Virtual program that teaches conflict resolution for Black Mothers whose children were victims of violence.
Eli McCarthy/Community Safety Unit Columbia Heights Plaza (Ward 1) Training Community on de-escalation skills to respond to non-emergent crises.
Jamildred Osbourne/The Emcompass Initiative Deanwood, Mayfair, Kenilworth Parkside, Richardson Dwelling (Ward 7) Faith-Based Violence Reduction through Support Groups
Jermikkio Holliway/Save the Kids Mural Florida Park NE (Ward 5) Creation of an art project mural created by victims of gun violence, citizens, and community leaders.
Jimmie Jenkins/Safer DC Nights Douglas/Henson Ridge Community and Congress Park (Ward 8) Summer Basketball Program for high-risk males ages 14-40.
Kareem Watts / Box Don't Blast (BDB) Mayfair & Paradise at Parkside (Ward 7) Engage residents of Mayfair and Paradise at Parkside who are Interested, skilled, and caring citizens  ready, willing, and able to  align with the District’s priority initiative to prevent and reduce gun violence.
Kelvin Manurs/ Arm & Arm Engagement @ Watts Summer League Northeast Boundary Hood:58th Summer Basketball League
Marvin Lee /Friends of Douglass CC Safe Space Initiative Douglass, Shipley (Ward 8) Food Distribution; Community Garden
Reginald Mathis/ Summer S.T.E.A.M. Frederick Douglas Dwellings, Congress Heights, Stanton Road     (Ward 8) S.T.E.A.M. program for youth ages 8-18 held in person and virtually at recreation center.
Richard White/Judah Project Peer Outreach Program Shaw (Ward 6) Recruit youth to participate in a peer mentorship program that will include both an educational component and a workforce development component.  
Roger Bell/City Sports and Safety Initiative  Stoddert Terrace, 37th Street, Fort Dupont (Ward 7) Youth-centric program focusing on resume building, skill building, and sports tournament, with kickball, basketball, and flag football.
Roosevelt C Boone/ Restoring Our Future w/ Ro Virtual program in Wards 1-8 Development of an 8-week podcast series with interviews working with youth ages 10-17.
Shannon Williams/Books not Bullets 1st Kennedy, Edgewood, Saratoga, Mayfair Mansions, Woodland Terrace (Ward 5) Literacy program serving youth at DC housing communities.
Tasha McClelland/Intentional Pursuit of Me: Art Immersion Sleepaway Camp Camp Misty Mount -Catoctin Mountain Park 6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788 One-week sleepover in the mountains for girls.

Ty'Ronn Spriggs/Gun Prevention through Artistic and Technological Empowerment

Trinidad, Tyler House, Simple City, Potomac Gardens, Chopper City (Ward 6)

This initiative seeks to curtail gun violence and acts of crime through artistic and technological support.

Willie Hill/Saturday Strong Buena Vista, Woodland, Garfield Heights Street and block cleaning program
Cynthia Dawkins Next level Vision

Ward 8

Program that relies on community leaders to inform the community about resources and programs
Natalie Green/Clean Corners ANC 7F01, Clay, Blaine, Ames and East Capital Streets, 40th, 41st, and 42nd Street cleaning project conducted 2X a week.
Ronald Whaley/Finding S.T.A.R.S. Edgewood (Ward 5) Program teaches conflict resolution and leadership classes.
Antoine Gatlin/Young Men and Women's Empowerment Trinidad (Ward 5) Provides basic needs to participants in the Trinidad community such as haircuts and training in coping skills.
Cindy Pearson/Boat Camp - Weekend SW James Creek Marina STEAM, boating safety
Didier Sinisterra / The Beginning of Technology in the Neighbood Wards 4 and 7 neighborhood-hotspot Technological resource for communities to gain innovative training and technical support to improve the quality of life of DC residents.
Ikeia Hardy/Women in HEELs Washington Highlands 3rd Street, 4th Street, 6th Street, SE Program provides women in the community with trade skills.
India Blocker-Ford/Indy.B Mentoring & Modeling Woodland Terrace (Ward 8) Youth based program
Ivory Haight/Time for Change Shaw-Howard (Ward 1) Design challenge program with young people to make their own anti-gun violence apparel.
Jawanna Hardy/Guns Down Friday Potomac Gardens, Woodland, 10th Place, Wellington Park, Clay Terrace Program offered on Fridays that will provide a safe space to connect with mental health services.
Marc Williams/SHNB Ward 8 Peace Week Bellevue, Washington Highlands, Congress Heights (Ward 8) Week-long series of activities and events geared to promote gun violence prevention, peace and unity in Ward 8.
Rosalind T. Styles/Jobs Not Guns Recruitment Fair City wide program held at MLK Jr. Library 501 C6 organization offering a job recruitment fair that will host 50 exhibitors.
Rylinda Rhodes / Cap or No Cap Hip Hop and Gun Violence Teen Summit Marshall Heights Community (Ward 7) Open discussions about grief and loss, music and violence and creating a wellness recovery action plan targets youth between ages 14 and 24.
Tendani Mpulubusi/Healing Arts Anacostia, Congress Heights (Ward 8) Documentary filmaking
JEFFREY PHIFER/Fashion Tailoring Institute Northwest Tailoring, Fashion Design
Joe Houston/For the Love of the People Fitness Camps Congress Park Provide community members tangible stratagies around conflict resolution and de-escalation of domestic and community conflicts through fitness.
Thandor Miller/Transformative Building Blocks for Transforming Your Life All Wards Youth engagment workshops
Adriana Brown/Garden Tools Not Guns At The Garden of Eden (Ward 8) Urban agriculture program to create a community garden, serves ages 19-25.
Darnice Wright/DC Young Filmmakers Ward 8 Frederick Douglas Neighborhood The purpose is to target unserved youth in impoverished communities and enlighten their knowledge of media technologies.
Egypt Mims/Soul Surgery Congress Park, Cedar Gardens, Woodland (Ward 8) Peer Support System for Women
Toya Carmichael/DC Black Business Pop Up Shop - Youth Entrepreneur Edition Anacostia or Benning Ridge (Ward 7) Program that brings youth, businesses, and performing artists to discuss and present business ideas.
Trina Robinson/Sisters Over-Standing the StruggleWard 7-8 Geared to prevent risky behaviors by engaging women and girls during the day and offering holistic and proven alternatives to negative behavior.
Davina Callahan/Ice Cream Pop Up Anacostia (Ward 8) Back to school event for school aged children.
Brenda Richardson/ Outdoor storytime with MPD Valley Green, Congress Heights (Ward 8) Allows youth to explore nature in a meaningful way and supports literacy and social skills.
Derrick Johnson/Killmoenews Agency Wards 1-8 News delivery (social media)
Imani Marsh/Faith To Good Credit Congress Park (Ward 8) Financial Literacy program for youth and families
Jay Anderson/Cedar United Life Skills Workshop Anacostia Designed to implement alternative education programs that cater to the development of students who have lost interest in the traditional education system.
Justyn Iman Roy/ Laces to Bows Inc. Social Emotional Boot Camp Wards 4, 5, 7, 8, 8am - 1pm Program focusing on girls and providing personal health, mentoring, college preparedness focus.
Phillip Pannell/1st Friday Crowd at the IHOP East of the River Regularly scheduled meetings with community leadrers to address community challenges.
Large-Grant Recipients    
Dr. Charlayne Hayling Williams / Community Wellness Ventures (Wards 7/8) Training for Behavioral Health Liaisons on community violence and trauma-informed care.
Gary Hill/Exodus Treatment Center (Wards 7/8) Restorative healing practices / Summer camp
Jamilya Osbourne/Community Shoulders Ward 7 Kenilworth, Parkside, and Mayfair Training citizens on self-advocacy and leadership in aiding their neighbors.
Julia Busch/The Meditation Center at The ARC (Ward 8) Training residents and Violence Interrupters on the Transcendental Meditation Technique
Kevin Beckford/Hustlers Guild Ward 7, Ward 8, Trinidad, Tyler House, Simple City, Potomac Gardens and Chopper City Film/Skill Building/Conflict Mediation for young people
Kevin O’Halloran/Southwest Business Improvement District Southwest Community garden and Composting Site Summer Enrichment Program for Youth
Warees Majeed/No Slide Zone All DC Wards Community engagement events