The City of Pittsfield has been awarded a grant of nearly $400,000 to address youth violence in the city. The money, $396,034.80 in total, is part of $11.2 million in Shannon Grants awarded to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr., Community Safety Initiative Grant Program funds are awarded to communities and local partners in support of collaborative solutions to address and respond to youth violence. 15 municipal grants consisting of 27 cities and 14 research partners were funded through the Community Safety Initiative in this round.

Governor Baker says a collaborative approach is important...

The Shannon Grant program invests in community-based efforts to connect with at-risk youth and help put them on a pathway to future success... The long-term positive impacts of the programs funded by Shannon grants demonstrate the importance of a collaborative approach to addressing youth violence and improving the safety of our communities.

 

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said...

Shannon grants support the collaborative spirit and vital teamwork that achieves safer communities, violence reduction, and sustained positive life decisions for at-risk youth.

 The City of Boston received the most money at a little more than $1,642,723. 

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Here is a chart showing where all the money from this round went:

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History of the grant program...

The grant program is named after the late Senator Charles E. Shannon of Winchester. Senator Shannon represented Massachusetts’ Second Middlesex district of Winchester, Woburn, Somerville, and Medford from 1991 until he died in 2005 from leukemia. Before serving in the legislature, he had spent twenty years on the Lexington Police.

 

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