Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative provides grants to organizations using community organizing for criminal justice reform. 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.

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative makes grants to community groups that are building a base for taking collective action against injustices within the criminal legal system and have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote justice within the criminal legal system.

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Art by Josh MacPhee for Justseeds

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 community groups that meet all of Bread & Roses basic funding criteria and are building a base for taking collective action against injustices within the criminal legal system and have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote justice within the criminal legal system.

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 activists. Learn about who made this fund possible. Decisions are made in March.

What is the deadline for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

The deadline for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is December 1, 2018.

How do I apply for the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative?

We encourage you to learn more about applying by attending an information session on Monday, November 12. Details and RSVP here.

Apply online at the link below. If you need assistance completing the application, call 215.731.1107 x206 or email grants@breadrosesfund.org.

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