BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A nonprofit was awarded $1.4 million dollars to help fight increasing crime rates in three Baton Rouge neighborhoods.

The grant was given to Reclamation and Restoration Ministries (RRM) to fund a project dedicated to violent crime prevention in youth and adults, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. The local nonprofit started in 1996 and moved to Baton Rouge in 2005 where it continued its work in preventing crime, drug abuse, and homelessness.

With the Department of Justice grant, RMM will be implementing a community violence intervention and prevention project in Scotlandville, Southern Heights and Brookstown. Gathe notes that 81.3% of children in this North Baton Rouge area live in poverty with crime rates higher than national averages.