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January 22, 2024 – The Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) has launched its third round of participatory grantmaking. In this round, CTPF is requesting proposals from 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 Friday, February 23, 2024 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 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 Friday, April 19, 2024. 

For more information about this opportunity please register to attend CTPF’s Applicant Webinar on Wednesday, February 7, 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;
  • Have a 2024 annual budget with current committed revenue of $750,000 or less;
  • Groups that were not a part of CTPF’s 2022 Participatory Grantmaking Grantee Cohort or 2023 Participatory Grantmaking Grantee Cohort (i.e. are not already scheduled to receive a grant payment from CTPF in 2024). 
  • 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 mission, leadership, staffing, and 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 directly impacted by policing and the criminal legal system;
  • Disabled-led organizations and/or organizations organizing with the principles of disability justice 
  • Trans or Gender-Nonconforming-led organizations. 
  • Not receiving significant support from national foundations and generally have budget revenues of $750,000 or less;
  • Serving communities 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;
  • Campaigns working to reduce the size, scope, and role of police and/or police associations;
  • Campaigns to decriminalize poverty, housing, drugs, mental health, reproductive justice, and sex work;
  • Campaigns working to support those directly impacted by police violence;
  • Support for individuals and movement organizations targeted for direct action against police violence and experiencing political prosecution.  


  • Direct service work that is not connected to power building or 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


  • How does your organization’s leadership and decision makers reflect the communities most impacted by policing? (i.e. does your organization have leaders who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system, leaders who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, Disabled leaders, leaders who identify as LGBTQIA+, leaders who have been unhoused, etc). 
  • How is your organization’s work building community power and leadership, particularly among those most impacted by policing?
  • How does your organization support the material conditions and immediate harm experienced by individuals and communities most impacted by police violence?  
  • 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)? 
  • 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.