Google’s philanthropic arm will grant $2 million to fund gun violence prevention programs in communities of color in 10 U.S. cities, The Trace reports. Most of the investment will go to programs that follow the model of Ceasefire, a violence-reduction strategy that coordinates law enforcement, community stakeholders, and social services to reduce shootings. The grants will also establish job-training programs for gunshot victims and perpetrators, and workshops for law enforcement on anti-bias policing. Google chose two groups to administer the campaign: The Pico Live Free Campaign, a coalition of faith-based anti-violence organizations, and the Community Justice Reform Coalition, a violence-prevention advocacy group focusing on communities of color.
“We want to put resources in the hands of folks who are doing the most innovative work and taking big bets,” said Justin Steele of Google.org. The participating cities are Chicago; Cincinnati; Dallas; Gary, In.; Indianapolis; Miami Gardens, Fl.; Milwaukee; New York; Oakland; and Orlando. Pastor Michael McBride of the Pico Live Free Campaign, said $50,000 to $150,000 would be distributed to nonprofits, religious institutions, and other community organizations in each city to support Ceasefire programs. Cure Violence has shown promise in reducing violent crime. But with its funding slashed in its home city, a few remaining employees are struggling to make a difference in neighborhoods gripped by fear.