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 $2,500 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. Learn more about the committee that makes the decisions.

What is the deadline for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

The deadline for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative has passed for this year. Thank you to all that applied. 

How do I apply for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

Read the general guidelines carefully before applying. Make sure that your organization meets both the general guidelines and the specific guidelines (above) for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

Attention!!!

We have moved to an online application. We hope this online application will be easy for you to navigate. However, we will still be accepting paper applications. If you need assistance completing the application call 215.731.1107×206 or email grants@breadrosesfund.org.

Read the general guidelines carefully before applying. Make sure that your organization meets both the general guidelines and the specific guidelines (above) for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

For a fillable PDF version of this application click here (if you do not have Adobe Acrobat, this will appear as a non-fillable PDF).

For a Word Document version of this application, click here.

Note: You may need to access some of these forms to apply. Note that depending on what you are applying for, you may not need every form. Please refer to the application.

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.