Grant Funding Opportunity: On January 21, 2022, The Colorado Restorative Justice Council will begin requesting applications for two types of micro-grants in FY 2023

Award Priorities

  • Applicants should identify and clearly articulate the integration of the 3 Pillars of RJ within their proposal. (3 Pillars of RJ: 1. focusing on harm and needs; 2. addressing obligations; and 3. engaging relevant people to address needs and repair harm)
  • Highest priority in both grant categories will be given to proposals directly connecting underserved populations in Colorado communities, systems, and/or the RJ field itself. We define underserved populations as individuals who by virtue of language, ethnicity, race, culture, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender, gender identity, immigrant status, or geographic location may face barriers in accessing services. 
  • Applicants and related service providers are encouraged to create a profile on the Council’s website, if they are not already listed in the RJ provider directory www.rjcolorado.org  

General Guidelines

All applicants must meet the general guidelines below, along with any additional criteria outlined separately for the specific award type selected:

  • Applicant located and proposing activities in Colorado
  • One micro-grant application accepted for review per applicant per fiscal year
  • Grants awarded on a one-time, competitive basis 
  • No late or incomplete applications, including required attachments, will be considered 
  • Award decisions are final, not subject to further review or appeal 
  • Funding requests must fit within the grant contract period, estimated to begin July 1, 2022, and expiring June 30, 2023 (end of state fiscal year)
  • Awards are reimbursement of expenses only. No funds will be releases in advance
  • No awards to individuals or for-profit entities, except direct services to Community Engagement or Capacity/Innovation projects that support community, regional or sector-wide initiatives)
  • No funding of out-of-state travel 
  • If Applicant plans to engage a facilitator, trainer or consultant – or Applicant is a professional proposing services to a target audience – attach a letter of understanding or agreement to document the mutual interest and availability of relevant persons, organizations, and/or representatives.
  • If you are a Judicial District, please follow local and state guidelines for grant applications. Judicial Districts must also have a community partner identified (letter of understanding attached) to assist in the management of disbursement of funds
  • An end-of-year report will be required, setting out use and impact of grant funds

 If previously an RJ Council awardee, the request for funding should be for a new initiative or project

Grant Types

Community Engagement Grants ($1,000-$10,000)

These smaller grants are designed to support immediate community needs for critical conversations, networking, and basic operations for emerging or smaller-scale restorative initiatives. These are examples of possible activities suited to this grant category, including but not limited to: 

  • Listening and/or dialogue processes within identified communities and/or between community and system representatives – such as law enforcement – to raise awareness and address racial and other social justice inequities
  • Community engagement to strengthen relationships, develop strategic partnerships, and assess readiness to launch restorative initiatives in communities and/or systems
  • Small-scale restorative and transformative justice projects – including alternatives to the traditional criminal justice approach- to prevent or address harm in identified communities 
  • Consultation(s) related to start-up needs for restorative initiatives
  • Cross-training, coaching and mentoring opportunities within and between Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities of practice and White practitioners/allies to share learning and strengthen relationships.

Capacity/Innovation Grants ($10,001-$65,000)

These mid-size grants are designed to strengthen best practices in RJ across communities, regions, and the state. While individual organizations may apply for grants, this grant category is not intended for general operating support or capital expenses. The focus is capacity-building and innovation within programs – such as enhancing skills and operating systems to improve effectiveness, sustainability, fidelity to RJ values and principles, and forwarding equity and inclusion goals – as well as support for broader collaborative efforts across communities and sectors. These are examples of possible activities suited to this grant category, including but not limited to:

  • Regional or sector-wide strategic networking, training or infrastructure development
  • Develop/implement evidence-based research and data collection tools
  • Organizational or system assessments (e.g., fidelity to best practices, equity-specific audits, i.e. barriers to access such as eligibility biases, language justice, etc.)
  • Targeted strategies to increase under-represented groups within board and staff leadership, community volunteers, and client populations
  • COVID-19 adjustments and innovations to program delivery
  • Specialized trainings for professional development of board, staff and/or volunteers
  • Explore/implement strategic transitions or collaborations (e.g., leadership succession, mergers, strategic networks, public-private partnerships)

 Timeline for FY23 Applications and Awards

  • January 21, 2022: Request for Applications released
  • February 18, 2022, 11:59 pm: Deadline to submit completed applications
  • Grant reviews will take place between February 18th to March 18th
  • RJC Grant Approval April 2022
  • May 30, 2022 (no later than): Intent to fund/decline notifications will be sent to applicants
  • July 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible): Anticipated start date for grant activities and reimbursements
  • June 30, 2023: All funds must be expended (end of state fiscal year)

Grant Applications

*This document is for reference only.  

Community Engagement

*This document is for reference only.  All grant responses must be included in your electronic CVENT application for consideration.*

Capacity Building

For Capacity Grants only: Please upload your budget sheets and any supporting documentation as One attachment prior to hitting the submit button within CVENT. If you are having difficulty with the upload, please submit your budget sheet now and there will be another opportunity to submit other supporting documents (letters of support, MOUs, etc.) after submission.

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