San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is requesting proposals for funding from groups that want to increase community safety.
“The Neighborhood Justice Fund empowers communities to take action toward improving neighborhood safety,” Gascón said in a statement Wednesday, November 14. “We encourage community organizations to be creative in their proposals on effective ways to foster public safety in their neighborhoods.”
The money comes from neighborhood court directives and is meant to be used for once-a-year grants to community-based organizations. Gascón launched the neighborhood courts program in 2011 in an effort to steer many non-violent cases away from regular criminal courts.
Through their Stop the Violence campaign, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and others have been encouraging people to be careful while they’re enjoying the city’s nightlife. The program has been most prevalent in the Castro neighborhood, but those behind the campaign have been increasing their reach.
“We would love to apply for a grant, which we would use to expand the Stop The Violence campaign,” Sister Eve Volution, a.k.a. Scott Bray, said in a Facebook exchange. “We could use the grant for more printed materials and expand our distribution from the Castro” into the South of Market, Polk Street, and Tenderloin neighborhoods.
Among other activities, Stop the Violence has been distributing the “Clubber’s Guide to Safety,” which includes tips on how to avoid being assaulted – or worse – when hooking up with strangers.
The district attorney’s request for proposals process is open to all non-profits and community-groups. Up to $3,500 is available for each organization. The DA’s office will award a maximum of 11 grants during this funding cycle. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, December 14.
For more information visit http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org.