DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES OVER $15 MILLION TO SUPPORT ANTI-CRIME COMMUNITY EFFORTS
32 NEW COMMUNITIES RECEIVE WEED AND SEED FUNDING
PHOENIX – Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield today announced grant awards to 32 newly designated Weed and Seed sites and continuing support to 55 existing sites nationwide to fight crime and restore community infrastructure.
The funding is administered by the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
“This funding helps rebuild and restructure communities that have suffered because of
criminal activity and social decay,” Schofield said. “These strategies encourage residents to work with law enforcement agencies to deter crime, identify resources, and restore community cohesiveness.”
Weed and Seed is a strategy designed to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods and bring in services that promote crime prevention and neighborhood revitalization. Additionally, these sites are eligible to compete for five years of additional support.
The partnerships formed in Weed and Seed strategies include organizing and forming alliances with local businesses, faith based organizations and other local or state organizations to identify and resolve specific criminal activity and replace it with other activities that include restoring buildings, providing youth activities, and establishing new economic opportunities.
Today’s announcement of initial grants of $175,000 includes 32 sites in 20 states and the
CCDO supports local sites through its four-pronged Weed and Seed strategy, which include: law enforcement; community policing; prevention, intervention and treatment for residents; and neighborhood restoration. About 4.5 million persons live in more than 300 active Weed and Seed communities throughout the country.
OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP’s American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk. More information can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov.
Community Capacity Development Office
Weed and Seed Initial Funding
Maximum Award - $175,000