Nearly $2.4 million will go for a green jobs-training program for ex-offenders and a partnership to teach at-risk youths to create and restore murals.
The two programs should create an estimated 280 jobs over the next several years, the mayor's office said.
"That is a great use of these dollars," Nutter said.
On June 8, Nutter announced that the city would use $12.7 million in federal money to help pay for $30 million in street repaving. On Monday, Philadelphia International Airport got $26.6 million from the federal government for two new baggage-screening and explosive-detecting systems.
The $13.5 million announced yesterday came from a long-standing Department of Justice grant program that the recovery act expanded.
Nutter said spreading that money around reflected his belief that crime-fighting and prevention must be tackled by a wide range of city agencies and nonprofits.
"Public safety is not just an effort carried out by the Police Department," he said.