Local Organizations Offering Grants for Gun Violence Prevention Efforts

CAPE COD- Eleven local organizations including Grandmothers against Gun Violence—Cape Cod; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; and Veterans for Peace are calling for project proposals to address specific aspects of gun violence prevention.

“We’ve all been very troubled by the frequency of gun violence in the United States and especially the ones in schools. We’ve also been hugely impressed and I would say have gotten hope from the young people who are stepping up to this agenda, after the Parkland massacre in Florida,” said Kathleen Schatzburg, a spokesperson for the effort.

In order to raise funds to help put the measure into motion, the 11 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.

“The United States has more guns in private ownership than any other country in the world. We have less regulation of how people get guns and honestly I think there is often a focus on mental illness, or on security issues, and so forth. In my mind the heart of it is guns, we have to better regulate who gets guns. I think the young people understand this, and they are becoming very politically active,” said Schatzberg.

Funds raised at the viewing went directly to providing grants to support students and young adults on Cape Cod who are taking leadership on gun violence prevention.

Any non-profit organization may apply for these $500-$2,000 grants, but students and/or young adults must carry out the principal activities of the project.

The instructions and application 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 any questions.

Completed applications must be submitted by September 30th.

By JOHN BONDAREK, Cape Cod.Com News Center

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