On Tuesday, June 14 Macon-Bibb County City Hall, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia joined Mayor Lester Miller and community leaders to announce the first round of Macon Violence Prevention (MVP) grant recipients. More than $800,000 in funding is being awarded to 25 nonprofit and faith-based organizations as part of ongoing efforts to prevent violent crime in Macon-Bibb County.

"The Community Foundation is pleased to be part of this historic effort to prevent violent crime in our community," said Kathryn Dennis, President of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. "We look forward to working with these diverse organizations as they use these resources to make their good ideas a reality for our community."

In 2021, Mayor Miller invited community leaders to come together to address violent crime through the Macon Violence Prevention program. Following 14 community forums and community-wide surveys, these leaders developed the Macon Violence Prevention Strategic Plan, with an emphasis on youth outreach. Grant recipients were asked to submit applications for evidence-based programming that aligns with the MVP Strategic Plan.

"The solution to violent crime in our community will be found in all of us working together on the same team," explained Mayor Lester Miller. "The fact that more than 50 organizations came to the table with good ideas and applied for MVP grants shows that the people of our community are committed to this historic effort. If we continue to work together, we will create a safer, stronger community now and for future generations."

Macon Violence Prevention and Community Foundation 2022 Grant Recipients

ApplicantProgram TitleBullet DescriptionApproved by CFCG Board of DirectorsGeographic Area Served

Lead With Literacy

Macon Family TimeMacon Family Time is a program designed to engage families in meaningful reading and learning activities.$40,000.00Lewis Elementary 1st (off Edna Place)

Crisis Line – Safe House of Middle Georgia

Enhancing Safety for Victims of Domestic ViolenceThis proposal by Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia (CL&SH) is a three-pronged approach at increasing safety for victims of domestic violence and holding their offenders accountable.$45,000.00Entire County

PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

Empowering Girls Against ViolencePace will add another Reach Therapist for a year to serve 30 additional young women in Bibb County$40,000.00Bloomfield, Unionville, Bellevue, Napier Heights, West Macon, Pleasant Hill, Anthony Homes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia

Mentoring for Change Youth Violence Prevention ProgramBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia will help organizations that may not have the experience, staffing, funding, safety measures, data collection, or wherewithal to have their own standalone youth mentoring program by collaborating with them and providing the backbone of these fundamentals to ignite their own grassroots youth service programs at no charge to them.$50,000.00Entire County

Chess and Community, Inc.

Chess and Community Inc.'s Leadership Training Program (CCLTP)Chess and Community, Inc. (CCI) prepares youth to lead by focusing on academic enrichment, civic engagement, career and entrepreneurial skills development, and cultural education. CCI develops youth to transform the community.$50,000.00Napier Heights, Pleasant Hill, Unionville, East Macon

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Campus Clubs, Inc.

"Safety In Numbers" – Providing Access to Transportation and Programming for Middle and High School StudentsCampus Club will open afterschool and summer programming for middle and high school students.$50,000.00Pleasant Hill, Midtown, Downtown

Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia, Inc.

Access and Awareness – Mental Health/Wellness CounselingFamily Counseling Center will hire an additional therapist to serve more people in Macon-Bibb County.$30,000.00Census Tracts 101, 105, 111, 124, 127, & 128

Next Level Community Development Center

The Hope ProjectNext Level Community Development Center will supplement its existing summer and after school programs to include an individualized remediation tutorial and a comprehensive, evidence-based, prevention/intervention program for youth, parents, and families.$90,000.00Heard, Heritage, Ingram Pye, Porter, Skyview, Union, Veterans, Vineville, Alex II, Ballard Hudson, Miller, Rutland Middle & High, Weaver, Central, Southwest, Westside

Fathers Among Men (F.A.M)

Activate Saturdays-Heart of Georgia Advisory Council is comprised of eight collaborating to bring programming to youth on the Westside two Saturdays each month for a year$16,000.00West side of Macon, Bloomfield, Gilead & Frank Johnson Rec Centers

Streetline Percussion, Inc.

StreetLine Percussion: Making A Drumazing DifferenceStreet Line Percussion, Inc. (SLP) will engage at least 50 more participants, and prepare them to become more socially, emotionally, and academically well, physically fit, and better prepared to be thriving and productive citizens in our community.$40,000.00Entire County

Unity-N-Community Inc.

Youth Summer ChallengeUnity-N-Community's Youth Summer Challenge will give students a structured activity in the late afternoon and early evening on Saturdays during the summer to promote self-confidence, conflict resolution, and reduced gun violence.$40,000.00Pleasant Hill, Unionville, Bloomfield, South Bibb, Northside

Project 32

Mitigating Violence Program(M.V.P)Project 32 combines sports, physical activities, and therapy to help at-risk youth channel their negative energy into positive behaviors.$25,000.00Bloomfield
Bloomfield Church of GodCommunity Sundays at Village GreenMacon-Bloomfield Church of God will expand the number of monthly events for community members to every other Sunday for the year in the Bloomfield area$15,000.00Bloomfield, Village Green, & surrounding areas
S.A.L.T. is Life, Inc.Teen mental Health First AidS.A.L.T. will offer the evidenced-based Teen Mental Health First Aid program and will "train the trainer" to eventually offer this program throughout the County.$20,000.00Central, Northeast, and Southwest High Schools, plus virtual options for other areas of county
Girls Dig Deeper InitiativeThe Winner's MindsetGirls Dig Deeper will offer a 90-day leadership development program designed to help young girls overcome barriers such as childhood poverty, chronic absenteeism, poor academic achievement, disability adverse childhood experiences and community violence.$5,500.00East Macon

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Centenary Community Ministries, Inc.

Transitional Housing ProgramCentenary Community Ministries will continue its transitional housing program for men in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.$50,000.00House in Beall's Hill, but those served are from throughout the County

Storytellers Macon

Heart and Soul WorkshopHeart and Soul Workshops are an alternative school-break service-learning program designed to utilize hands-on activities to build both tangible skills in creative industries as well as soft skills to encourage positive civic attitudes$25,000.00Pleasant Hill

U Create Macon

Free Bikes For KidsU-Create Macon is a program designed to increase transportation options for kids in Macon-Bibb to get them to our recreation departments, parks, jobs, and other community events and programs.$15,000.00East Macon, Pleasant Hill, Lynmore Estates, and Macon Housing Authority Developments

Grow Macon Inc.

Grow Macon: Plants, People & PlacesGrow Macon is an urban community garden project dedicated to reducing food insecurity, providing more supervised youth activities while also fostering character development and relationship building within their own community.$20,000.00East Macon/Fort Hill

Central Georgia CASA, Inc.

CASA Volunteers for YouthCentral Georgia CASA will recruit and train volunteers to serve older youth, and fund staff to provide supervision and support to these volunteers.$25,000.00Entire County

The Community CEO LLC

Fundamental Manhood Development Project for the 21st CenturyThe Fundamental Manhood Development Project is designed to reduce gun violence, recidivism, and implement focused deterrent practices to at-risk youth in Unionville.$20,000.00Unionville

Georgia Suns Youth Empowerment

Ombudsman for MVP Community GroupsThis grant will support staffing stipends for a collaboration of 7 community organizations that work with youth aged 6-26, many of whom are young parents, to provide services such as tutoring, life and job skills, and physical activity.$40,000.00South, West, and East Sides of Macon
Faith In Action Holiness ChurchEarly Childhood Entrepreneurship FellowshipThis program is designed to teach women how to start their own business in the childcare industry.$8,500.00Unionville

Macon Arts Alliance, Inc.

Anti Violence AcademiaThe Anti Violence Academy is designed to offer youth ages 9-17 and their families. Enrichment activities and programs to promote positive youth, parent, and family development. This is a fiscal sponsorship.$25,000.00Bloomfield & surrounding communities
Boy Scouts of America – Central GA Council

Mentors in ScoutingThe Mentors in the Scouting program will increase the number of mentors delivering co-ed, supervised youth activities to Macon's children and young adults ages 5-20.$40,000.00This project's target neighborhoods include:  Zone I: East I, including Ocmulgee East and Jeffersonville Rd; Zone II: East II, including Shurling Dr, Fort Hill, Gray Highway, and Davis Homes; Zone III: Central, including Greenwood Bottom, Pleasant Hills, Pendleton, and Felton Homes; Zone IV: West, including Bellevue, Unionville, Napier, Pio Nono, Mercer University, and Anthony Homes; Zone V: West/South, including Houston Ave, Murphy Homes, Eisenhower Pkwy, and Bloomfield
Total Awarded $825,000.00

About Macon Violence Prevention

Macon Violence Prevention is an evidence-based, multifaceted program created to address public safety in Macon-Bibb County. Supported and funded by the consolidated government, MVP is a community-wide effort that brings together elected officials, community leaders and representatives from more than 20 agencies, organizations and departments.

The MVP program operates under the guidance of the MVP Strategic Plan, which was introduced in June of 2021. Created by community stakeholders and violent crime experts, this strategic plan combines data and research with community feedback to implement proven solutions that reduce violent crime and strengthen the community over time.

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