Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a fund that provides grants for criminal justice reform activism. Grantees target issues that include (but are not limited to) police accountability, racially biased sentencing policies, growth of the for-profit prison industry, criminalization of youth, and the death penalty. Learn about who made this fund possible.

Who are previous Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantees?

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative has supported a wide range of grantees, from Books through Bars to X-Offenders for Community Empowerment. Check out our list of recent grantees to see if the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is right for your organization.

Does my group qualify for a grant from the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility requirements and funding criteria
  • Have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote justice within criminal justice systems
  • Are building a base for taking collective action against injustices within the criminal justice systems

What is the award size from the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

Grants range from $2,000 to $6,000 annually. Groups who have received grants from the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative in the past may reapply in the following grant cycle.

Who makes decisions about grants?

The fund was established in the year 2000 as a unique partnership between the Phoebus Fund family foundation and Bread & Roses Community Fund.

Bread & Roses convenes grantees, organizes site visits, arranges grant review meetings, and provides all administrative support for the Fund. Final decisions on Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grants are made jointly by family members and criminal justice reform activists.

What is the deadline for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

The deadline for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is December 1, 2017.

How can I learn more about applying for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

We are hosting an information session at our office on Wednesday, November 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP using this form:

How do I apply for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

We have moved to an online application. We hope this online application will be easy for you to navigate. Paper applications will be available upon request. Call 215.731.1107 x206 or email grants@breadrosesfund.org.

Click here to apply for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

If you choose to complete your application using a paper application, you must mail or hand deliver your application to:

Bread & Roses Community Fund
ATTN: Grants Department
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St, Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

No emails or faxes will be accepted.

Decisions are made in March.