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File #: 23-0299    Name: Combating Hate Crimes Grant
Type: Grant Application Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/16/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 10/11/2022 Final action:
Title: Consideration for the Application for the FY 2023 Combating Hate Crimes Grant Program through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: OCTOBER 4, 2022

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: DON HAYES, CHIEF OF POLICE

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Consideration for the Application for the FY 2023 Combating Hate Crimes Grant Program through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice.
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ISSUE: Should the City submit a new competitive grant application of up to $150,000 to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice to combat hate crimes?

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

(1) Approve the grant application; and

(2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all the necessary documents that may be required.

BACKGROUND: The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is soliciting applications to localities within the Commonwealth that have established partnerships with institutions and/or nonprofit organizations that have been targets or are at risk of being targets of hate crimes. The City, through the Police Department, has long-standing relationships with several institutions within the City's jurisdiction and intends to collaborate with them if this grant is awarded.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for an approximate 9-month period beginning January 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023. The maximum amount that may be awarded is $150,000 per locality. This will be the first time the City has applied for this funding opportunity. Priority may be given to localities that were not recipients of this during previous funding years.

DISCUSSION: If a grant is awarded, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be established between the Police Department and the institution (s) or nonprofit organization (s) with whom the City develops a partnership. The Police Department will be exclusively managing the grant funding and reporting. This funding will be used to enhance safety and ...

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