U.S. Attorney’s Office Invites Applications for Anti-gang Funding

$1 Million in Federal Anti-Gang Grants to be Awarded for Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies

August 19, 2008

BALTIMORE, Maryland - The U.S. Attorney’s Office is announcing procedures for Maryland law enforcement agencies, local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to combat gangs and gang violence through prevention, intervention and suppression strategies, announced U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. A total of $1 million in federal funding for comprehensive gang prevention strategies will be distributed in a continuation of a program first established in 2006.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Recent racketeering cases against members of MS-13 and the Bloods prove that Maryland’s law enforcement agencies are making great progress in prosecuting violent gangs, but law enforcement alone cannot prevent gang violence. Coordinated and comprehensive strategies are essential to deter gang violence. Intervention and prevention programs help rescue teenagers who have joined gangs and prevent others from joining in the future.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold regional meetings for prospective applicants throughout Maryland to provide guidance about how best to develop an effective proposal. Sessions will be held on September 10 in Hagerstown, September 17 in Salisbury and September 24 in Baltimore. Potential grant recipients must submit their applications by October 17, and notification will be given to awardees on December 1.

Applicants must identify the nature of the local gang problem, the comprehensive strategy developed to address it, and the role of the proposed federal funding in achieving the goals of the strategy.

Detailed information about the 2008 federal grants is available on the internet:

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) and other subject matter experts will assist in evaluating applications through a competitive process.

In 2006, fourteen Maryland jurisdictions submitted applications detailing their collaborative strategies to deal with local gang problems. A panel of subject matter experts evaluated each proposal and rated it based on the strategy, budget and objectives. In addition, discretionary grants were made to support existing prevention and intervention programs or statewide efforts addressing areas facing significant gang challenges.

The funding announced today is only one source of funding for anti-gang strategies. Other federal and state sources are also available.


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