Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,000,000)
The Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR) enhances the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively reduce violent crime issues in distressed 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 will generally last nine to 18 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; collaborate regularly with local law enforcement and community partners 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 a plan that articulates the range of strategies that the CBCR 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 management team to coordinate and engage in a problem solving approach; 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 elements, including the active role of community stakeholders.
The first goal is to advance collective healing in the Native American community as a means to develop trust and community-led partnerships to reduce violent crime and victimization in the North Side neighborhood. The second goal is to develop community-based partnerships on quality of life initiatives for the North Side neighborhoods most vulnerable residents to identify revitalization opportunities and crime prevention strategies. The third goal is to initiate community-led partnerships for Native American youth development to reduce adverse experiences and enhance optimism among North Rapids youth, decrease arrest rates for neighborhood youth, and reduce the frequency of child removals from the home through building institutional and community capacity for youth mentoring and oversight for at-risk families. Measurable objectives also will include increasing youth participation in youth athletics, arts and culture, and leadership development.