Borealis Philanthropy invites applications for Communities Transforming Policing Fund
Borealis Philanthropy has announced that the Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) has issued a request for proposals to support small and emerging grassroots organizations addressing police violence, criminalization, support for families and victims of police violence, campaigns to invest in communities and divest from policing, campaigns to erode the power of police associations, and efforts to build community-based safety strategies.
Through the program, grants of $50,000 per year for three years, for a total of $150,000, will be awarded to grassroots organizing groups working authentically with communities most impacted by policing and incarceration. Applicants must have an explicit, demonstrated commitment to racial, disability, and gender justice that is reflected in the organization’s leadership and staffing and in how it conducts its work, and work must include a power-building and leadership-development strategy that centers on those most impacted by policing.
Priority considerations include groups that are: BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, people of color) organizations; led by individuals who the criminal legal system has directly impacted; led by individuals with disabilities; led by individuals who identify as trans or gender-nonconforming; not receiving significant support from national foundations; and focus their work in historically underfunded geographic areas such as the south, rural areas, U.S. territories, etc. Groups working on campaigns focused on shifting power and resources from policing to communities to create public safety; developing non-police response programs and transformative community-based safety strategies; campaigns working to reduce the size, scope, and role of police; campaigns to decriminalize poverty, housing, drugs, mental health, reproductive justice, and sex work; campaigns to erode the power of police associations; campaigns working to support those directly impacted by police violence; and support for protesters targeted for direct actions and civil disobedience against police violence will also be prioritized.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization and have a 2023 annual operating budget of $750,000 or less (specifically $750,000 or less in revenue/income).
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Borealis Philanthropy website.
Deadline: February 8, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. ET