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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

The City of Richmond Police Department (RPD) applies for and accepts the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) annually. The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. RPD submitted a proposal for funding to support the hiring of a Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator (Richmond City Sheriff’s Office), the purchase of Mobile License Plate Readers & Message Boards, and Program Surveillance for Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court (RADTC).

JAG award recipients are required to make the application public for 30 days and provide an opportunity for citizens to comment on the application.

Read the JAG Program Narrative

Please send any questions or comments to

REVISED Public Information Advisory - Governmental Operations Standing Committee City Charter Work Session

WHAT:          Richmond City Council’s Governmental Operations Standing Committee will hold a work session to discuss the development of proposed Richmond City Charter change requests.
WHEN:          Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.  

WHERE:        5th Floor Conference Room  Council Chamber, 2nd Floor
                        City Hall
                        900 East Broad Street
                        Richmond, VA 23219

                       The agenda for this work session is accessible on the City’s legislative website by clicking here

CONTACT:    For more information, please contact Assistant City Clerk Debra Bowles at 804.646.7955 or

Mayor Stoney Proclaims October 11th as Indigenous Peoples' Day for third annual recognition

Richmond, VA — The Honorable Mayor Levar M. Stoney proclaimed today October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day in the City of Richmond and honored representatives from tribes in the region at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

“The fact that we are celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day – not Columbus Day – at this museum and in this city – speaks volumes as to how far we’ve come,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “The fact that this is only our third year doing so tells us that we have a ways to go.”

Mayor Stoney was joined by VMHC President Jamie O. Bosket, members of Richmond City Council, and members of the Cheroenhaka, Nottoway, Mattaponi, and Patawomeck Tribes.


Pictured: Councilman Michael Jones (9th District), Dr. Sheila K. Wilson Elliott (Nottoway Tribe), Chief Emeritus John Lightner (Patawomeck Tribe), Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Beverly “Barefoot” El (Cheroenhaka Tribe), Shereen WaterLily (Mattaponi Tribe), and President Jamie Bosket (Virginia Museum of History and Culture)
Pictured: Councilman Michael Jones (9th District), Dr. Sheila K. Wilson Elliott (Nottoway Tribe), Chief Emeritus John Lightner (Patawomeck Tribe), Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Beverly “Barefoot” El (Cheroenhaka Tribe), Shereen WaterLily (Mattaponi Tribe), and President Jamie Bosket (Virginia Museum of History and Culture)

Mayor Stoney recognized the resilience and impact of Indigenous people who contribute to our community as lawyers, artists, doctors, businesspersons, public servants, and spiritual leaders.

Dr. Sheila K. Wilson Elliott, Foundation Chair of the Nottoway Tribe, brought greetings by sharing words from the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address Greetings to the Natural World. 

“We bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people. Now our minds are one,” Dr. Elliot said. “We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life.”   

“Indigenous peoples are some of our most ingenious peoples,” said Mayor Stoney. “We are a more inclusive, stronger and better city because of them. And as Mayor as this Great City, I thank them.”


Event live-steam can be found here.  

Invitation to Ceremony 


Final American Rescue Plan Act budget amendment introduced to Richmond City Council

The city’s American Rescue Plan Act budget amendment was introduced at last night’s formal meeting of Richmond City Council. The amendment outlines the proposed allocation of $77.5 million from the federal government, the first half of the total amount of funding ($155 million) allotted to the city.

The final spending plan is a product of consensus reached between the administration and Council. Because the plan is a budget amendment, it cannot be amended.

“This final plan represents a blueprint for building back better and stronger through strategic, intentional and equitable investments that deliver on the promise of a quality of life our residents want, need and deserve,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

“I’d like to thank the members of Richmond City Council for their insight and collaboration to use this funding to make significant advances in affordable housing, health and the well-being of our children and families.”

The overall spending proposal includes:

  • $32 million to build back affordable and healthy homes, including $20 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, meeting the goal established in the Equity Agenda and supported by City Council four years ahead of schedule.

  • $5 million for a Health Equity fund, managed by the Richmond City Health District through an MOU with the city. The fund would support ongoing COVID-19 response, maternal and infant health, food access, mental and behavioral health, and more.

  • $81 million invested in children and families, residents’ top priority in the first round of public engagement, with $2 million for childcare and $78 million for funding community centers including: T.B. Smith Community Center, Southside Community Center, Calhoun Center and a new center on the current site of Lucks Field.

The plan also includes $19 million to plan for and address climate and environmental challenges in the city, an $8.5 million investment in public safety, and $5.9 million in economic supports.

Changes implemented in the month since the Mayor’s announcement of the draft plan include:

The city gathered feedback on the draft plan from September 21 to October 4 and reached 1,300 individuals - 51.4% through digital engagement and 48.6% through in-person or phone conversations. When given the chance to add or remove something from the plan, an average of 75% of responses per category elected not to; 25% of responses proposed changes.

To read the full plan and find details on the public engagement period, please visit



City starts marketing Diamond Redevelopment Site

Media Advisory
Monday, October 11, 2021
Contact: Devin Wood
Cell: 804-484-4800

Richmond, VA — The City of Richmond has launched a new website to start marketing the redevelopment of the 66.7 acre Diamond site on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The new website precedes a Request for Interest (RFI) that will be released by the city before the end of 2021. The city has also created a new webpage on to keep citizens informed on the vision, process, and opportunity for the redevelopment site. Both websites will have documents associated with the RFI process after the RFI is released.

“The Diamond site is the premier redevelopment opportunity on the east coast and presents a transformational opportunity for Richmond,” said Maritza Mercado Pechin, Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Development Review and leader of the city’s Office of Equitable Development. “Residents were clear in communicating their desires for the redevelopment of the site in Richmond 300 and the Greater Scott’s Addition Small Area Plan. Generating interest in the redevelopment opportunity and issuing the RFI are the next steps to see the shared vision become a reality.”

The marketing website can be found at

The new webpage on can be found at


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