Community Crime Prevention and Reduction Grants Awarded

Department of Justice

April 8, 2014 11:45 AM

NOTE: A list of the 36, 2014 One-time Community Crime Prevention and Reduction Investment Program recipients is available at http://novascotia.ca/just/prevention/grants.asp .

A recreation program that provides youth with a chance to learn new skills is one of 36 organizations receiving crime prevention funding.

Government today, April 8, announced the recipients of the One-time Community Crime Prevention and Reduction Investment Grants. The grants fund community activities, projects and programs that address root causes of crime.

"We're all impacted by crime in our communities, and we all need to work together to create solutions," said Justice Minister Lena Diab. "To encourage this, we asked groups to collaborate on projects that support crime prevention and strengthen relationships in their communities. We believe building positive relationships is the foundation of a vibrant and safe community."

Many of the projects are activities for youth that create stronger connections with communities. The Art Of ... program is a collaboration between youth agencies in the Amherst area that helps youth and adults build positive relationships. The young participants also learn leisure skills to fill their time with constructive activities.

"The Art Of ... gives youth something to do and a place to go once a week during the school year," said Jennifer Furlong, executive director at the Cumberland Restorative Justice Society. "This grant will help us buy some higher-cost items, such as guitars, supplies for fibre arts and GPS units to expand the variety of programs offered. These are things the youth have asked for, but until now, we have not been able to afford."

The One-time Community Crime Prevention and Reduction Investment Grant Program awards $40,000 annually. Nova Scotians were eligible to apply for grants of $1,000 to $5,000.


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     Groups that work to prevent and reduce crime are getting

provincial support to help make communities safer.

     Justice Minister Lena Diab commends the organizations for

collaborating to strengthen ties in their communities, making

them a better place to live.

     The One-time Community Crime Prevention Investment Grant

Program awards 40-thousand dollars annually in grants of

1-thousand to 5-thousand dollars. Recipients include community

organizations, schools and the private sector.

     For more information and applications, visit the Department

of Justice website.

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Media Contact: Chad Lucas
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