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Graphic containing the Borealis Philanthropy and Communities Transforming Policing Fund logos; an image of an organizers at a BLM rally; and text that reads "Communities Transforming Policing Fund Grants $3.9 Million to 26 Grassroots Organizations.

The Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) is thrilled to announce its newest grantee partners selected by the Fund’s participatory grantmaking committee. 26 grassroots organizations based in 23 localities, 14 states and the District of Columbia, will receive a total of $3.9 million in multi-year grants. 

In the fall of 2021, CTPF announced the launch of its new participatory grantmaking process. Its grantmaking committee, selected by CTPF grantee partners, consist of advocates across the country who have been directly impacted by policing and the criminal legal system. CTPF decided to begin its journey to transition to a participatory grantmaking fund following the uprisings in 2020. 

“After speaking with grantee partners and community members, in March 2020, CTPF decided to adapt its mission to center those most impacted by policing, and those working to shift power and resources away from policing and the carceral state to communities,” shared Jeree Thomas, Program Director of CTPF. “I believe that the community’s urging to shift power and divest from harmful practices was not just a demand for police, but for philanthropy as well. That demand really spurred our exploration of participatory grantmaking and our decision to embrace it as our core grantmaking approach moving forward.” 

This spring, CTPF’s committee selected the first round of grantees through the participatory grantmaking process. 

“This was truly a wonderful experience and I am so proud to have met [the committee] and share the opportunity to fund the work that we all love and support.” shared La Tanya Jenifor-Sublett, CTPF grantmaking committee member and Peer Reentry Program Director at the Chicago Torture Justice Center.

Anita Wills, a committee member and Mothers Against Police Brutality Legacy Fellow also expressed her gratitude. “Thank you everyone for making this a rewarding learning experience for me. I am humbled to have been a part of this committee. I saw passion and dedication from everyone…”

CTPF is honored to support small and emerging grassroots organizing groups led primarily by Black, Indigenous, People of Color who have been directly impacted by policing and the criminal legal system. In addition to multi-year grants, CTPF’s newest cohort will have access to one-on-one coaching on finance and fundraising, technical assistance from policy/research, communications, and budget experts and monthly peer learning opportunities.  

CTPF’s 2022 Grantee Cohort 

While CTPF’s core grantmaking for 2022 is complete, the CTPF team anticipates releasing an RFP to support rapid response requests and emerging grassroots groups advocating for or creating community-based safety strategies. To keep up to date with the fund and to receive the RFP announcement, please sign up for CTPF’s listserv. To share your thoughts, feedback and questions about CTPF’s new participatory grantmaking process, please email ctpf@borealisphilanthropy.org