Community Crime Reduction Programs, ARPA funded

Crime prevention

Program Overview

The Community Crime Reduction Programs are designed to decrease crime and encourage residents to take a more active role in reducing crime in our city. Providing organizations with the funds needed to support those most affected by crime to increase safety is a vital initiative of the Crime plan.

Categories/Area of Focus

There are seven areas of focus for the target audience of the programs

Youth 6-10 years old

Teens 11-17 years old

Adults 18 and up





Award Amount & Payment Dates

The program awards will range from $500 to $10,000, and the time frame for each project completion is a maximum of one year from the awarding date of the funds. The funds will be paid every quarter after receipt of a quarterly report about the success. Funds will only be paid with the submission of the quarterly report.

  • First payment December 22, 2022
  • Second Payment March 1, 2023
  • Third Payment June 1, 2023
  • Last Payment September 1, 2023

Who is Eligible to Apply

To participate in the program, the applicant must be one of the following:

  1. 501c(3) preferred
  2. Neighborhood group working in the City of Portsmouth or having an established neighborhood outreach program. 

How  to Apply

  • Complete the application form about your program information and Sign the Terms and Condition document
  • Submit it to the Office of the City Manager, Attention Community Crime Reduction Programs ARPA funded
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Instructions and the application are available here. 
  • Awards will be made on an annual basis. Only one program will be funded per fiscal year.
  • The City must approve programs of the Portsmouth Community Crime Reduction Committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from the following Departments:


The committee will consist of representatives from the following departments.

  • Deputy City Manager
  • Grants Officer
  • Social Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Parks & Rec
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Portsmouth Police Department
  • Economic Development (Workforce Development)

Program Timetable

Applications Process Opens/Closes--- November 1, 2022 – December 10, 2022

Selection Committee Review/Notice of Awards--- December 12-14, 2022/December 16, 2022

Grant Awards Administrative Processing--- December 20-22, 2022

Program Work Period--- December 22, 2022 – December 31, 2023

Quarterly reports are due on February 15, 2023, May 15, 2023, and August 15, 2023, and the final report to include data-driven success on January 30, 2024