Youth Violence Prevention Community Grant Program

The City of Akron is using ARPA funding to provide grants to local organizations focused on youth mentoring, rehabilitation, and violence prevention.

New Funding Available! 

We are accepting applications for the VIP (Violence Intervention and Prevention) Grant Program. In this next round of funding, the City is looking to fund programs working in the following areas:

• Mentorship
• Recreation Discretionary Time
• Re-Entry Support
• Police Youth Relations
• Mental Health, Traumatic Stress, and Substance Abuse
• Gun Violence Reduction
• Community Awareness and Involvement

The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program is open to nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and healthcare organizations. The City aims to announce grant recipients by December 2022 and the awards will be up to $100,000 per organization.

Applications Open 10/1/22 and close 10/31/2022

Email completed applications to arpa@akronohio.gov

Apply on October 1st

Youth & Community Opportunity Director

Denico Buckley-Knight, who took the position of Youth & Community Opportunity Director with the City, has worked with kids throughout his entire career. Denico will serve as the City’s staff resource for violence reduction initiatives.

Alchemy Inc.

Provide professional development to grassroots organizations that have been awarded ARPA funds to reduce violence.

$213,000

Citizen's Akron Church

Providing mentoring and after-school care for up to 100 families whose children attend Mason CLC.


$100,000

Battered Women’s Shelter

Hire outreach coordinators to educate the community about their services and domestic violence prevention.

$100,000

Dreams Academy

Hire personnel to expand mentoring services to young men, ages 10-15, and create a family resource center hub in Middlebury.

$100,000

Victim’s Assistance Program, Inc.

Providing funding for a victim’s advocate and an attorney stationed in Summit County Domestic Violence Court to assist domestic violence victims navigate the judicial system.

$150,000

Fallen Fathers Foundation

Creating an Original Gangsters Mentoring Program to deter youth violence in the community.  This program will also provide internships to youth to help deter violence.

$100,000

Guys and Gals Community Partnership, Inc.

Provide mentoring, job training and after school programming to 150 youth in the City of Akron.

$100,000

Pastoral Counseling Services of Summit County

Mentoring services to school aged youth in Akron Public Schools. Funds will provide financial support for an unfunded portion of the iCARE Mentoring program.

$166,244

Project Grad

Mentoring and afterschool programming for approximately 50 students beginning in 8th grade until 12th grade at: Buchtel Community Learning Center (25 students) and East Community Learning Center (25 students) and gradually increasing this number of participants every year until 2025.              

$169,500

South Street Ministries, Inc.

Re-entry program for youth.

$119,558

Williams Challenge

Multiple 6 week mentoring programs for youth who have been incarcerated at the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

$33,900

100 Black Men

Further enhance educational and economic opportunities for African American teens

$20,000

Greenleaf Family Center

Strengthen families in Akron through counseling, education, and support. Increasing education and support to EMT first responders and Full Term First Birthday mothers.

$30,500

South Akron Youth Mentorship

Expand mentoring services and build capacity for goal setting and relational accountability for youth mentees.

$80,000

Students With a Goal (SWAG)

After school academic tutoring and leadership mentoring. Expanding to serve students from all parts of Akron

$100,000