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1/8/2013  
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Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative announces 2013 funding opportunities
Matching grants focus on reducing and preventing youth violence

The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) announces its funding opportunities for 2013. There are two matching fund programs available - the Community Matching Grant and the Mini Community Matching Grant. Both grant programs require a 50 percent community match that can include volunteer labor, donated supplies, meeting space, professional services and/or cash that shows community investment and commitment to a project.

The Community Matching Grant provides funds for projects that serve Initiative youth referred by one or more of the three SYVPI Neighborhood Networks located in Central, Southeast and Southwest Seattle. Available funding for each project is up to $20,000. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 22, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

The Mini Community Matching Grant seeks to supplement existing Initiative services by funding small community projects in each of the three Neighborhood Networks that serve youth referred by the Networks. Available funding for each project is up to $2,500. Applications for the Mini Community Matching Grant are accepted throughout the year.

The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative sets a new direction by identifying and helping young people who are at a vulnerable point in their lives. It focuses on reducing and preventing youth violence in three neighborhoods where youth violence is highest: Central, Southeast, and Southwest Seattle. Currently more than 1,100 youth are served by SYVPI Neighborhood Networks that connect SYVPI youth to needed programs and services. Each Network is led by a community-based agency that coordinates youth referrals to services. For more information on the SYVPI Neighborhood Networks and to view a boundary map of the Networks, visit http://safeyouthseattle.org/whatwedo/neighborhood-networks/. To learn more about SYVPI overall, visit http://safeyouthseattle.org/ or call 206-233-7915.

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