Philanthropic intermediary Borealis Philanthropy has announced grants totaling $815,000 in support of efforts to address police violence against members of marginalized communities from a fund created by the Ford, Nathan Cummings, and Open Society foundations.
Launched three years ago to empower people directly affected by deadly and discriminatory policing practices, increase police accountability, and advocate for investment in community-based programs and services, the Communities Transforming Policing Fund awarded renewal grants to ten grassroots organizations. Recipients include Blueprint North Carolina: North Carolina Statewide Police Accountability Network, which will use the funds to strengthen rapid response infrastructure across the state, invest in youth development initiatives, and build a shared narrative around police accountability; Chicago-based Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability, which will use the funds to continue its efforts to implement Community Commission and District Councils; and the Atlanta-based Racial Justice Action Center, whose Women on the Rise project is designed to ensure that the taskforce overseeing the transformation of the city's main jail into a Center for Wellness and Freedom successfully engages the community and those most harmed by policing and incarceration in the effort.
"The CTPF organizations are working to transform policing, including increasing transparency and accountability of police departments and providing a community voice in policing decisions, while also creating alternatives to police that will achieve real public safety for all communities," said Open Society Foundations program officer Jennifer Shaw. "We are proud to partner with Borealis by offering financial support to help these groups as they build the kind of infrastructure and momentum that is critical for winning long-lasting, impactful police reforms."