Eleven community organizations collectively announce a Call for Proposals for projects that address a specific aspect of gun violence prevention; and involve students and/or young adults as primary participants in implementing the grant. One or more grants will be awarded ranging from $500 to $2000.
The 11 community groups sponsored a special screening in April of a documentary, Making a Killing: Guns, Greed & the NRA. The film examined gun violence in the US, including suicide; accidents due to unsecured weapons; spousal or family violence; mass shootings; and gun violence arising from unregulated gun markets. It also examined the role of the NRA, gun manufacturers and elected officials, especially in regard to campaign donations.
Nearly 200 people attended the film. Thanks to their generosity, and that of Cape Cinema of Dennis, funds were raised to provide grants to support students and young adults on Cape Cod who are taking leadership on gun violence prevention.
The latest school shooting in Texas last week underscores the need for action to reduce gun violence. According to the New York Times, since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012, the US has suffered more than 200 school shootings, resulting in more than 400 people shot, 138 of them fatally. Tragically, that is only one portion of gun violence deaths in the US.
Any non-profit organization may apply, but students and/or young adults must carry out the principal activities of the project. Groups without non-profit status may apply, but must partner with a non-profit that can be the fiscal agent for documentation of grant-funded expenditures.
The instructions and application form are posted at the website of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence of Cape Cod, https://www.capecodgag.org/grants.html and will include the applicants’ goals, grant activities, names and contact information for those implementing the grant, a budget, expected outcomes, and measures of success. Applicants may call Grandmothers Against Gun Violence—Cape Cod at 508-965-1504 with questions. Completed applications must be submitted by September 30, 2018.
The sponsors include Grandmothers Against Gun Violence—Cape Cod; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Cape Cod Region; Veterans for Peace, Cape Cod, Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter 041; Call to Action Cape Cod; Cape Cod Branch NAACP; Cape Cod Fellowship of Reconciliation; Church Women United of Cape Cod; Independence House; League of Women Voters, Cape Cod Area; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and Zion Union Heritage Museum.