Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,000,000)
The Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR) is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime. This program supports local and tribal communities to effectively target and address violent crime issues in distressed, high-crime neighborhoods through coordinated cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood revitalization efforts.
The goal of CBCR is to reduce crime, increase trust, and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including neighborhood residents, CBCR grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish this goal.
The grant recipient will use the Planning and Implementation funds to: develop and complete a strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented plan to reduce crime in a target neighborhood and then begin implementation of the plan during the project period. Applicants will use Planning and Implementation funds to engage in a planning phase that must last a minimum of 9 to 12 months to: identify, verify, and prioritize crime hot spots within the identified neighborhood; work with cross-sector team and law enforcement partners to develop a multi-faceted strategy, drawing on a continuum of approaches to address crime drivers; complete an early action project; pursue community partnerships and leadership that ensures the community is active in the process; build strong community engagement strategies and innovative approaches to collecting resident input and context during the planning phase; collaborate regularly with local law enforcement, a research partner/team, and the community to conduct analysis of crime drivers and an assessment of needs and available resources; and develop a comprehensive implementation plan to reduce crime that includes the analysis, methodology findings, and a plan that articulates the range of strategies that the CBCR cross sector partners plan to pursue. Upon completion of the planning phase, applicants will engage in an implementation phase to: convene regular, ongoing meetings with cross-sector partners and the management team; share regular input/discussions with the research partner and assess program implementation; build the capacity of residents and the cross-sector management team to continue to coordinate research and maintain program assessment; implement, modify, and evaluate strategies, as appropriate; redirect program activities when ongoing analysis indicates program goals are not being met; and identify and develop a sustainability strategy for longer-term implementation of CBCR Program core principles, including the active role of neighborhood residents.