Baker-Polito Administration Awards Funding to Combat Gang Violence

The Baker-Polito Administration this week announced the release of $5.7 million in competitive grants to cities and towns across Massachusetts who, with their local community partners, will use the funding to combat gang violence and support local at-risk youth.

Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop will receive a collective $335,735 under the program — the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, or “Shannon Grant” — which targets gang violence in Massachusetts.

The grants provide funding to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang activity, and who have a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies. Those strategies include social interventions, opportunity programs, time and personnel for gang task forces, and more.

“We are thrilled to continue working in collaboration with law enforcement and community groups to support at-risk youth in the Metro Mayors communities,” said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which staffs the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC), a group of 14 cities and towns who collaborate in addressing common issues confronting urban core governments.

MAPC manages the grant for the MMC communities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.

Please see below for a comprehensive list of all the cities and organizations that will receive funding under this year’s Shannon Grant allocation.



Cambridge Police Department: Metro Gang Task Force/Hot Spot Patrols

Community Art Center (Cambridge): Late Night Basketball

Cambridge Youth Programs/City of Cambridge: City Peace


Chelsea Police Department: Dedicated Gang Officer

City of Chelsea/Jordan Boys & Girls Club: Teen Program

Roca, Inc. (Chelsea): Transitional/Youth Employment


Revere Police Department: Metro Gang Task Force/Hot Spot Patrols

Community Action Programs Inter-City/Revere Police Athletics League: PAL Programs


Winthrop Police Department: Metro Gang Task Force/Hot Spot Patrols

Community Against Substance Abuse (CASA)/Winthrop: Youth Advisory Board


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