JHU Innovation Fund for Community Safety will support initiatives in Baltimore that address the root causes of violence
Too many neighborhoods in Baltimore continue to struggle with the threat of violent crime. More action is urgently needed to address this critical problem.
Johns Hopkins University is creating the JHU Innovation Fund for Community Safety, a four-year, $6 million commitment to support innovative, community-led programs designed to curb violence. The fund, which builds on the university’s longstanding commitment to helping to reduce violent crime in Baltimore, will support both new programs and the expansion of existing ones.
We believe that important solutions to public safety for the Baltimore community must come from the community and be implemented by city residents, with institutions like Johns Hopkins as active partners. Our faculty, students, and staff are eager to work in partnership with communities to realize this potential and find solutions to advance public safety.
We believe the Innovation Fund can play an important role in supporting local solutions—some big and complex, others targeted and straightforward—to spark immediate or near-term improvements in public safety, explore what will work at scale across our city, and build momentum for change.
- Ronald J. Daniels
- Johns Hopkins University
A series of public listening sessions were held in October 2020 to garner community input in framing the RFP. If you’d like to learn more about this process, please review the Draft RFP.
The goal of this fund is to support initiatives and projects led by community members and community organizations designed to reduce violence in the near term. Johns Hopkins will work in partnership with community organizations to inform these efforts, providing financial support, technical assistance, data collection and analysis, and research.
Initially, the fund will support projects near the university’s campuses in Mount Vernon, Charles Village, and East Baltimore with the hope that successful endeavors can be replicated across the city by other community programs and/or institutions.