Public Health Madison & Dane County: Violence prevention funding supports community programs

Starting today, Public Health Madison & Dane County is accepting applications from local community organizations to receive funding that supports violence prevention efforts in Dane County.

“We are taking a public health approach to tackling this complex and far-reaching issue. That means looking at things like poverty, housing inequality, and lack of social connectedness, each associated with violence. But, we can’t do it alone,” said Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Aurielle Smith.

In 2022, Public Health selected five agencies to receive the first round of funding available through this grant. All projects aligned with goals laid out in the Roadmap to Reducing Violence. Over the past year, the projects the agencies have implemented included:

· Meadowood Neighborhood Association: Hosted community engagement events and created an online forum for neighbors to connect, called the Good Neighbor Project.

· Dane County District Attorney’s Office: Invested in new tools to streamline responses to victims of violence crime, including a new rapid response panic button.

· Operation Fresh Start: Increased workforce development for youth through two job programs.

· Dane County Multi Agency Center: Created a new portal to help survivors of sexual violence connect with community resources and with each other.

· Urban Triage: Launched a new initiative serving young people aging out of foster care or re-entering society after incarceration.

“With Public Health’s innovative approach to community support, Meadowood Health Partnership is truly building up resident capacity on the Southwest side of Madison,” said Sheray Wallace, Founder of Meadowood Health Partnerships. “Funding for this work truly changes lives.”

This is the second round of funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). In total, there is $475,000 available to eligible organizations in this next round of funding, to be distributed between the organizations selected.

Applications are due by the end of the day on June 2, 2023. Find more information at