Criminal Justice Grant Guidelines



Through the Safety and Justice Challenge, we will engage in a long-term strategy of investment in local reform, research, experimentation, and communications intended to create national demand for local justice reform as a means of reducing over-incarceration in America.

The Challenge supports jurisdictions across the country working to safely reduce over-reliance on jails, with a particular focus on addressing disproportionate impact on low-income individuals and communities of color. Central to the initiative is a competition through which we are funding a set of jurisdictions to design and implement plans for creating fairer, more effective local justice systems using innovative, collaborative, and evidence-based solutions and another group of jurisdictions to support a single innovative justice reform program or project. In the coming years, we may create new opportunities—open to jurisdictions across the country—for funding to support training, technical assistance, and promising local innovations that seek to reduce the misuse and overuse of jails.

Many of the nation's leading criminal justice organizations provide technical assistance, data analysis, and other support to Safety and Justice Challenge jurisdictions, including the Center for Court Innovation, the Institute for State and Local Governance at the City University of New York, the Justice Management Institute, Justice System Partners, the Pretrial Justice Institute, the Vera Institute of Justice, Policy Research, Inc., and the W. Haywood Burns Institute.

We will complement our funding of jurisdictions with investments in research and data analytics to explore the use of jail in America and to document the experience of local jurisdictions that succeed in building safer, more efficient, and more just criminal justice systems.

While we are not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time, we are always eager to hear new ideas and perspectives.


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Updated June 2019

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