Pitch and Highlight Night

Do you or your organization have an effort or idea that reduces violence in our community? Would more funding and exposure help boost your efforts?  

Each year the SAFE Task Force seeks partners who are working to reduce violence in our community. We want community-based solutions. We do this to highlight organizations working to make change in our community and to help fund violence reduction projects and programs.

For each round of funding, we'll select up to five organizations with up to $10,000 in funding.

Align Idea with City Reports

Take a look through the following reports. Relate your project to the concepts captured in these plans. This will help you build a great proposal!

Police Department Strategic Plan
The Police Department’s strategic plan calls for a neighborhood-based policing model that will provide measurable outcomes and help the department build and maintain trust with the community. Review the Grand Rapids Police Department Strategic Plan.

City Strategic Plan
The City's mission is to elevate quality of life through excellent City services. The strategic plan is the community playbook for aligning initiatives, resources, goals, department operations, projects, and investments. Review the City of Grand Rapids Strategic Plan

Safe Task Force PEACE Pillars
The SAFE Task Force has identified five PEACE Pillars to address violence in Grand Rapids. Learn more on pages 31-37 of our SAFE Report and Recommendations.

  • P - Prevention Investments
  • E - Eliminate Violent Acts
  • A - Activate Economic Opportunities
  • C - Community Engagement, Education and Empowerment
  • E - Effect Positive Change

We prioritize funding for projects that focus on intervention and interruption strategies in the areas of domestic violence, mental health, counseling, parenting, mentorship, and employment. While we do accept proposals for recreational activities, they should demonstrate a strong correlation with reducing issues in the previously mentioned categories to be considered in this funding round.


Unsure if your idea qualifies?

Provide us with your contact information and we will get back to you.

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Who Can Apply?

Non-profits or individuals partnering with nonprofits can submit ideas.

  • Nonprofits can receive up to $10,000

Apply Here

How Does it Work?

  1. Submit an idea
  2. Preview presentation with SAFE Task Force members and city staff (recommended but optional)
  3. Receive notification about whether or not your idea is moving forward
  4. Present your idea at the Pitch and Highlight Night

2022 Highlights

Check out these winners from 2022 Pitch and Highlight Night!

Young Money


Puertas Abiertas

2021 Winners


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