NEW CASTLE – Building Better Communities (BBC) has recently launched its next neighborhood engagement effort. The community selected, Sparrow Run, located in Bear, will be BBC’s next effort in violence reduction. New Castle County intends to increase community engagement in under-served neighborhoods throughout New Castle County through the next year.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides “a historic opportunity to reimagine the communities in which we live, an unprecedented opportunity to address problems that arose in recent months and divisions that have festered for decades” New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said. The BBC is comprised of an 8-person commission representative of community leaders and external stakeholders. Their efforts stem from the administration’s goal to address historical inequities and those exacerbated by the pandemic.
BBC has launched a grant application that will and are focusing specifically on organizations who have the capacity to serve residents in Sparrow Run. Areas of focus include, but not limited to violence intervention programming, access to youth services, physical and mental.
The Meyer administration continues to create innovative and impactful opportunities to engage with communities. We understand many municipalities/administrations have created violence reduction efforts with varied levels of success. Our position with this effort, the most equipped people to serve the community is the community themselves. With this grant application Sparrow Run residents and/or organizations that have the capacity to serve this area can be the solution.
To learn more about grant application and its eligibility criteria, please go to https://nccde.org/bbc. To learn more and engage with Building Better Communities initiatives, the committee meets every 4th Tuesday at 12pm (both in-person & virtual). For further details, click here.