The City of Greensboro is aiming to expand its violence prevention efforts.

The city has already been working with a local nonprofit agency on violence interruption strategies for the past four years. But their efforts have been focused on just two higher crime areas. Latisha McNeil with Greensboro’s Office of Community Safety says they’re looking to change that. 

“It’s important that we understand that violence isn't just not isolated," said McNeil. "And it doesn't look a particular type of way. So having our violence prevention work be diverse is important as well.”

The city is now opening a request for proposals process to invite other organizations to share their ideas for how violence intervention strategies can be applied to all areas of the city. McNeil says their plan is to select up to five organizations to share $500,000 in city funding to support their efforts. 

The grant will run for three years as part of the city’s Community Violence Intervention and Interruption Project. Those interested in applying are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, October 5. The deadline is October 31.

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