United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon

United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that the application period for Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) grants has opened. Project CeaseFire is South Carolina’s implementation of PSN, a nationwide initiative that awards grants to state agencies, local units of government, and non-profit agencies to fund innovative projects designed to reduce firearm and drug-related violence in our communities.  The District of South Carolina will award $547,945.00 in grant funding.  The South Carolina Department of Public Safety Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) has been selected to administer this grant program on behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is proud to provide critically-needed resources to communities across our state who are working to protect South Carolinians from dangerous, repeat offenders,” said U.S. Attorney Lydon.  “Through Project CeaseFire, we are locking arms with our federal, state, and local partners to reduce gun and gang-related violence.  Together, we will continue to work toward turning the tide of violent crime in South Carolina.”

The application deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019. Please contact OHSJP with questions or for technical assistance with an application.

PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  It is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. The initiative promotes partnerships among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; strategic planning incorporating such technologies as crime mapping, gun tracing, and ballistic analysis; training that brings together federal, state, and local officials to build effective teams; outreach to communities; and accountability for impact on community safety.