Massachusetts Community Violence Intervention – Capacity Building Initiative Grant Program

We are now accepting Letters of Intent for this funding opportunity.

Please find the recording of the LOI webinar linked here.

Program Overview:

The MCVI-CBI grants program has two primary goals: 1. To support organizations building or strengthening their ability to offer the full spectrum of services of violence prevention and intervention. And 2. To build organizational capacity, deepen and expand reach, and support infrastructure that strengthens organizational operations and broader field sustainability. The Grant Program will provide grantees up to $250,000 over the course of 25 months to address capacity needs. Grantee organizations will participate in training and other activities as a cohort including leadership and professional development; practitioner and supervisor trainings; communities of practice; capacity assessments and subsequent supports for backend functions including fundraising, financial management, human resources, and other topics; regional and national convenings, and other activities.

Small, community-based organizations (CBOs) doing Community Violence Intervention and Prevention (CVI) work who possess deep roots in the community and make a powerful impact can lack the infrastructure or support to take in large federal or statewide grants.  In key informant interviews conducted by HRiA in the field in 2023, CVI leadership shared an urgent need for funding directed toward administrative support, noting that often the organizations led by people with lived experience are powerfully influential within their communities but lack the resources to measure impact or manage large streams of funding Capacity building is essential to build the leadership of the field and ensure that those organizations have the resources they need to thrive and sustain funding.


Please submit a letter of intent (requirements outlined below) by 4/18/2024. Please note that this LOI is not required to apply, but is strongly recommended and will allow the grants team to support you in the development of your RFP.




9/1/2024 – 9/30/2026

Number of awards available:



Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations or groups with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, that work in communities where there is a disproportionate impact of gun violence (eligible communities are Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Somerville, Springfield, Worcester). Some organizations may not need to have 501(c)3 status to be eligible. If your organization does not yet have a 501(c)3 status, we welcome you to complete the LOI and share your support needs within the application.

Organizations must either:

  • Currently conduct direct intervention that engages proven-risk individuals most likely to be directly impacted by gun violence


  • Plan to use these funds to deepen their engagement of proven-risk priority populations to reduce gun violence through direct intervention

Not eligible are:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Proposals by organizations that do not currently work in the violence prevention space
  • Proposals focused on populations other than proven-risk individuals
  • Proposals that solely outline existing activities, with no programmatic or operational capacity-building element
  • Proposals that focus on criminal justice-based or carceral approaches to gun violence
  • Hospital-based intervention programs


Funding Statement:

This grants program, Massachusetts Community Violence Intervention Capacity Building Initiative (15PBJA-23-GK-05187-CVIP), is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a financial assistance award totaling $4,000,000 with 100 percent funded by BJA/DOJ.