Milwaukee Community Justice Council

2022 CJC Community Subgrants

Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: November 5, 2021 at 4:30pm (CST)

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council (CJC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on October 8th, 2021, to fund initiatives led by non-governmental, grassroots organizations focused on:

  • Reducing and/or preventing criminal legal system involvement;
  • Promoting racial equity;
  • Engaging communities impacted by the criminal legal system; and,
  • Addressing the public health goals identified in the City of Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace.

Award Amounts: A minimum of 4 awards will be made, with a maximum amount of $34,500 each.

Proposals Due: Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 4:30PM (Central Standard Time)

Eligibility: Applicants must be a non-governmental agency or organization located in Milwaukee County. Applicants may use a fiscal agent; however, the fiscal agent must supply a letter of support for the application.

Proposed projects do not have to be new; existing projects are eligible for funding.

The award cannot be used for research and shall be public service based. Funding cannot be used to carry on propaganda, to lobby or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, or to conduct any activities described in Sections 4945(d)(1) and (e) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder.

Funding Timeline: One-year grant awards, with contracts beginning January 3rd, 2022 and ending December 31st, 2022.

How to Apply: The application process has three parts.

  1. Application Form (Submit via SurveyMonkey)
  2. Project Budget & Budget Narrative (Submit via email to
  3. Letter of Support from Fiscal Agent (if applicable) (Submit via email to

Applications will be scored according to this rubric

Information Session: An optional information session will be held on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021, at 6PM via Zoom. Please use this link to register for the information session.


All questions regarding the funding opportunity can be submitted here.


CJC Community Subgrants are made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and its Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) initiative, a nationwide effort to change the way America thinks about and uses jails. Milwaukee County joined the SJC Network in 2016. The network is now composed of 51 jurisdictions across 32 states that are launching strategies to prevent over-reliance on local jails, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system, and engage community members in systems reform. Visit our SJC webpage for more information on Milwaukee County's partnership with MacArthur Foundation. 

Milwaukee Community Justice Council


633 West Wisconsin Avenue - Suite 409, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

Mandy Potapenko, Director

(414) 435-1250




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