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MetLife Foundation Invites Applications for Community-Police Partnership Awards Program

From the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest…

MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation are partnering for the ninth year to recognize, sustain, and share the work of innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization.

Cash grants will be awarded in two categories. Neighborhood Revitalization Awards (six awards of $15,000 to $25,000 each) will honor exemplary collaboration between community groups and police that yields crime reduction as well as economic development outcomes, such as real estate development, business attraction, and job growth. Special Strategy Awards (five awards of $15,000 each) will honor community and police partners who have achieved significant accomplishments in one of the following areas: applied technology; aesthetics and greenspace improvement; diversity inclusion and integration; drug market disruption; gang prevention and youth safety; and seniors and safety.

Eligible applicants are community organizations, community development corporations, police/sheriff’s departments, community partnerships, Weed & Seed programs, and collaboratives comprising more than one of these elements. Public agencies (including police departments and public schools) must apply in conjunction with at least one nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was a leading partner in the collaboration and will serve as a fiscal agent for award funds. Applicants must be U.S.-based.

Awardees will receive monetary grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 each. Case studies about award-winning partnerships will be disseminated throughout the community development and law enforcement industries.

Visit the LISC Web site for awards program guidelines and application.

Link to Complete RFP

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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