Funding Opportunity – 2023 Summer Youth Violence Prevention

The City of Madison's Community Development Division (CDD), is seeking proposals from organizations to support violence prevention-focused summer programming for 2023. In conjunction with a public health approach, the City continues to seek models that can strengthen our approach to public safety and violence prevention for youth and young adults.


COVID-19 has deprived youth of many traditional outlets for inter-personal contacts and social interactions, including those that come through employment. Social isolation has exacerbated mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. The City recognized that reduced employment opportunities have particularly affected low-income youth and youth of color who, even under normal circumstances, often lack access to available jobs.

In 2022, the City committed a portion of federal funding it received through the State and Local Recovery Funds component of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support youth employment and violence prevention initiatives. Funding provided contracted agencies the means to address critical community issues, expand youth employment opportunities, and provide intentional youth violence prevention programming through the summer and into the fall of 2022.


As part of a broader strategy to mitigate conditions that contribute to youth violence, the City is again investing $420,000 of federal funding it received through the State and Local Recovery Funds component of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into violence prevention-focused summer programming. Funding will be used to support youth violence prevention strategies approved by the Mayor's Office for summer 2023.

Target Population

The target population for this funding opportunity is youth and young adults ages 14-26 who previously have been, currently are, or at-risk of being involved with the juvenile justice system.

Application Requirements
Organizations interested in this upcoming opportunity are asked to complete and submit an application to CDD by Monday, April 3, 2023 by 4:30 PM CST. Application materials can be found on the CDD website

Please note, funding will be issued through an application process and interested parties must submit an application to be considered for funding. Awarding of any funds is subject to review and approval by the Mayor's Office. 


Yolanda Shelton-Morris

Community Resources Manager | 608-266-6563


Dominic Davis

Community Development Specialist | 608-266-1053


At the meeting:

  • Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced a call to action for the $420,000 in funding for CDD's Summer Youth Violence Prevention. The application is here and the deadline is April 3, 2023
  • From the self-selected and self-facilitated discussion groups on youth violence prevention and social cohesion, four (4) themes emerged:
    • Youth Engagement
    • Adult & Family Engagement
    • Mental Health
    • Youth Employment & Education

Our next step is to build a Coalition Action Plan on Youth Violence Prevention. We are asking for your help to develop this action plan to guide the work of the Coalition.

Public Health will host a four (4) part process occurring in April & May and culminating in the Coalition Action Plan on Youth Violence Prevention by summer 2023.

  • Part 1: Root Cause Analysis
  • Part 2: Solution Exercises
  • Part 3: Action Plan Development
  • Part 4: Full Coalition Meeting to Present the Action Plan

Part 1: Root Cause Analysis: To ensure that as many people as possible are able to provide input on the root causes of youth violence in our community, Public Health will lead three (3) facilitated meetings. Two meetings (a morning and an afternoon) will be in-person at Community Room in the Atrium at The Village. A third virtual meeting will be via Zoom.

Please register for at least one of the Part 1 meetings by Friday, March 31, 2023.  Meeting Choice & Registration Link

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