Communities Transforming Policing Fund

Background

Launched in 2017, the Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) supports innovative grassroots organizing groups and coalitions across the country working to create public safety by shifting power and resources from policing and the carceral state to transformative, community-directed supports and interventions.  Organizations funded by CTPF have intervened in police association contracts, decriminalized poverty, created strong civilian oversight mechanisms, passed state laws to collect data and end racial profiling, and have shifted hundreds of thousands of dollars from police budgets to community-directed needs.

The Fund provides grants, technical assistance, organizational capacity-building, networking and leadership development opportunities to its grantees. In doing so, the Fund bolsters power building and grassroots organizing among communities most impacted by police violence.

The CTPF is a collaborative effort of the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Sierra Health Foundation.

Mission

The mission of the Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) is to support communities that have been under-resourced and over-criminalized in the United States to address police discrimination and violence by shifting power and resources from police and the carceral state to communities to create public safety.

Funding Priorities

CTPF prioritizes groups that:

  • Are led by individuals from under-resourced and overcriminalized communities, specifically people of color, LGBTQIA, individuals with disabilities, individuals with mental health or substance abuse needs, individuals without housing, and individuals from low-income communities.
  • Have strong grassroots leadership, particularly leaders directly impacted by police bias and violence.
  • Demonstrate a clear power and base-building strategy that engages and supports the leadership development of directly impacted communities in defining problems, solutions, and actions.
  • Have a strategy to shift power and resources from the police and the carceral state to communities most impacted by discriminatory policing.
  • Have collaborative campaigns and/or coalitions that need additional capacity to boost to the next level.
  • Have an explicit, demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, disability and gender justice.

See our grantees page for further examples of organizations supported by this Fund.

The CTPF does not currently accept unsolicited requests for support.

Supporting the Communities Transforming Policing Fund

As a donor collaborative, CTPF provides a unique opportunity for donors to leverage resources to learn about a wide array of policing work happening across the country. CTPF donors receive:

  • Weekly News Updates
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Donor Learning Sessions
  • Donor Memos
  • Landscape Assessments

If you are a foundation or a donor interested in learning about how you can make a contribution to the CPTF or become a partner in the Fund, please fill out this contact form and our team will get back to you. If you are an individual seeking to support this important work, we encourage you to consider donating directly to one or more of our grantees.