About the fund
The Criminal Justice Microgrant Fund provides resources to community-based organizations doing innovative work on criminal justice reform. This work must further the goals of the City’s participation in the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge. The fund is a collaboration between the City and its criminal justice and community partners.
The fund aims to support projects that:
-Develop new and creative approaches to criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.
-Engage communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system in the reform effort.
-Provide services to individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
-Are BIPOC-led organizations seeking general operating support.
The Criminal Justice Microgrant Fund will award and distribute 15 microgrants for $15,000 each. The fund will award grants in the following categories:
-Sustainability grants support existing initiatives.
-Innovation grants support new projects and unique approaches. (If you are making a notable change to an existing program, you should apply for an innovation grant.)
-New: Up to 50% of your grant award may be used for capacity building projects in either category.
Organizations must select one category.
Application review process
All applications will be reviewed by the Criminal Justice Grantmaking Committee. The Grantmaking Committee will include members of the Community Advisory Committee and partners from local government. The Grantmaking Committee’s recommendations will be presented to the full MacArthur Implementation Team for final funding decisions.
To learn about eligibility, click here.