Casey Foundation supports youth justice projects led by youth

Annie E. Casey Foundation invites applications for youth justice reform projects led by youth.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a national philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity, and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow.

To that end, the foundation invites proposals for youth justice reform projects led by youth and/or young adults. Projects should be guided by two or more young people between the ages of 15 and 26 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Priority areas for projects include restorative justice and practices, prevention practices that divert youth from initial contact with the juvenile justice system, expansion of community-based support for young people already engaged in the juvenile justice system, and/or solutions identified by youth or community members with direct experience with the justice system. The scope of projects can be local, statewide, or national.

Two to four grants ranging between $25,000 and $50,000 will be awarded. The approach or solution may include but is not limited to developing a set of trainings, developing and publishing resources, mapping community assets, advancing a legislative or policy change, building evidence or research, developing leadership capacity, or launching a pilot program. Selected grantees should be able to demonstrate youth leadership and authentic youth-adult partnership throughout their work, such as the ability to partner with young people in decision making and project development, and a clear commitment to the professional and personal development of young people.

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status are eligible.

An intent to apply letter is due by May 18, 2022, and proposals are due May 27, 2022.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to register for the pre-bid conference, see here.

Deadline: May 18, 2022 (Intent to Apply)