Step 4: Submit a Letter of Intent
Safe Communities America, Inc. is the
non-profit, coordinating and accrediting
organization for Safe Communities in
the United States.


Once your community is ready to make the commitment to seeking Safe Communities America accreditation, you will need to submit a letter of intent to the Safe Communities Support Center at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center.  The letter of intent is a statement of your community's formal intent to pursue accreditation.  The letter should be one to two pages and include:

  • A statement of intent that includes the name of your coalition and a statement of your intent to apply for Safe Communities accreditation
  • A brief description (one or two paragraphs) of the history of your coalition and its support from the community
  • The name and contact information for the lead agency and coalition leader(s)
  • Any additional information that you believe is relevant to your plans for application
  • The signature(s) of the coalition leader(s)

If you haven't already contacted the Safe Communities Support Center at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, you should do so before you submit a letter of intent. The Support Center staff will work with you to informally review your progress and your ability to meet the Safe Communities America accreditation criteria. They can help you determine whether your community is ready to being the official application process and also help to guide you through that process. 

The accreditation application fee must be submitted along with the letter of intent. The letter begins your official application process and the application fee will cover the costs associated with processing and reviewing your application.  Both the letter and the application fee should be submitted to the Safe Communities Support Center.