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January 18, 2023 – The Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) has launched its second round of participatory grantmaking, releasing 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 build community-based safety strategies. Proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 3pmET/12pmPT. Successful applicants will receive $50,000 per year for 3-years for a total of $150,000.

In the fall of 2021, the Communities Transforming Policing Fund began transitioning to a participatory grantmaking fund. To learn more about CTPF’s first participatory grantmaking process and our lessons learned, please click here. This year, our participatory grantmaking committee will review each eligible proposal using CTPF’s scoring rubric as a guide. The CTPF Team and committee will notify applicants of their status by March 31, 2023. 

For more information about this opportunity please register to attend CTPF’s Applicant Webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 3pmET/2pmCT/1pmMT/12pmPT.

Please note that all applicants must log into the grants portal and complete an eligibility quiz to receive a link to the full application. 


The proposal process is open to any groups meeting the criteria below: 

  • 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization;
  • Groups that were not a part of CTPF’s 2022 Participatory Grantmaking Grantee Cohort. 
  • Have a 2023 annual operating budget of $750,000 or less, specifically $750,000 or less in revenue/income.
  • Grassroots organizing groups working authentically with communities most impacted by policing and incarceration; 
  • 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;
  • Work includes a power-building and leadership-development strategy that centers those most impacted by policing.


Groups that are:

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations;
  • Led by individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system;
  • Led by individuals with disabilities
  • Led by individuals who identify as Trans or Gender-Nonconforming 
  • Not receiving significant support from national foundations;
  • Focus their work in historically underfunded geographic areas such as the South, rural areas, U.S. Territories, etc.

And 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;
  • Support for protesters targeted for direct actions and civil disobedience against police violence.


  • Direct services work that is not connected to advocacy/organizing to address systemic issues
  • Training for police officers 
  • Police-Led Associations, Foundations, or Athletic Leagues
  • University-led research and centers
  • Individuals
  • Government entities
  • International projects


Submitted proposals must include answers to the following questions, please note you may submit your answers in writing or via video submission. 

  1. How does your organization’s leadership and decision makers reflect the communities most impacted by policing? Does your organization have leaders who have been directly impacted by police violence and incarceration? 
  2. How is your organization’s work building community power and leadership, particularly among those most impacted by policing?
  3. How does your organization support the material conditions and immediate harm experienced by individuals and communities most impacted by police violence?
  4. How does your organization’s work impact systemic change (i.e. reducing the size and scope of policing or police associations, decriminalizing poverty, drugs, sex work, etc. and/or shifting power and resources from police to communities)? 
  5. Please describe your organization’s history and track record working on issues related to policing. We encourage you to share who you have been working in coalition with and previous campaign work that addressed policing, criminalization or surveillance.