Press Release

Senator Gillibrand Announces Over $1.5 Million In Grant Funds For Community Violence Prevention In High-Need New York Schools

Jan 20, 2023

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that The Renaissance Charter School in New York City and Uniondale Union Free School District on Long Island were awarded a total of $1,522,750 in Project Prevent grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Project Prevent provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) impacted by community violence to expand the capacity of LEAs to implement community- and school-based strategies to help prevent community violence and mitigate the impacts of exposure to community violence for students.

The Renaissance Charter School is set to receive $722,750 while Uniondale Union Free School District will receive $800,000.

“Investing in education is investing in a bright future for tomorrow’s leaders, which is why I am proud to announce these funds for The Renaissance Charter School and Uniondale Union Free School District,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “These Project Prevent grants will help ensure students’ safety and stability both in and out of the classroom, enhancing programs that provide school-based mental health care and violence prevention services. I want to thank U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and the Biden-Harris administration for their focus on providing a quality education to students in our most vulnerable communities, and I will keep working to ensure that New York schools have the resources they need to thrive.”