Grant applications now open for violence prevention

The city’s ONE Lexington initiative is inviting local nonprofits to apply for grants that would support their cause.

Terry Hicks speaking during the grant announcement.

Terry Hicks, with the Lexington Ravens Football Organization, speaks during a ONE Lexington violence prevention grants announcement March 14, 2023. | Photo by Amy Wallot

ONE Lexington, the city’s violence reduction iniatiative, has opened applications for its Gun Violence Reduction Grant — awarding funds to local organizations focused on doing just that.

Upon approval from the Urban County Council, $100,000 will be allocated to support the program, where recipients have the opportunity to receive up to ~$7,500.

Since the grants were introduced in 2021, Mayor Linda Gorton noted homicides and shootings have steadily decreased. In fact, Lexington saw less than 100 shootings in 2023 — the first time in five years.

Interested in applying? Potential recipients should focus on:

  • Concrete community projects, messaging, and events
  • Violence prevention programming

“This grant program takes a huge step toward building the capacity of organizations that are on the frontlines, doing the work each and every day,” said Devine Carma, director of ONE Lexington.
Applications are open until Friday, April 5 at 5 p.m.