Community Policing
Innovations Initiative

The Community Policing Innovations Initiative was established to identify and support pathways for investment, leadership, and impact on community projects that address systemic inequities in policing and public safety. 

The goal for the initiative is to provide the guidance and support necessary for local communities in partnership with local law enforcement, to develop community-driven, substantive, and pragmatic changes in the way that policing and public safety services are provided.

Consistent with some of the priorities that many communities are voicing with respect to policing and public safety, the Foundations have established some general areas of focus for the Fund to guide the development of community-specific initiatives.

Initial support for the Community Policing Innovations Initiative has been provided by:

  • Ballmer Group
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Hudson-Webber Foundation
  • Oakland County

The programs that are supported through the fund will focus on one of five discrete areas: Use of Force, Officer Accountability, Disparate Enforcement and Treatment, Re-Imagining Public Safety, and Truth & Reconciliation.

Looking at the seven-county region, we are immediately interested in supporting a pilot group of cities who have a genuine commitment to innovating their local police departments by building change in their practices and/or redesigning their structure and services.  We hope that these pilot communities can serve as examples to others in the region in the years to come.

How To Apply

Community Grant Applications

We are now accepting application from cities in the seven-county region of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, Livingston and St. Clair who want to be part of the pilot cohort.  Selected cities will benefit from receiving technical assistance support equivalent to $40,000 for a one-year period to address the priority areas of the fund. 

We held an informational webinar on May 27, 2021 to discuss public safety reform and to learn more about details on applying to the Fund. 

Watch the Webinar

To learn more, see the Request for Proposal details.

Request For Proposals

Technical Assistance Provider Applications 

We are also accepting applications from local technical service providers who are interested in being matched with cities to provide support in the priority areas. 

To learn more, see the TA Provider application for details.

TA Provider Application


  • Application Deadline:  August 13, 2021 by 5 p.m. to
  • Applicants Notified if They are Selected:  September 10, 2021


After reviewing the Request for Proposal information, if you have any questions, please contact our Project Manager, Jessica Drake of 21CP Solutions at or 313.961.6675 ext. 143

Questions? Feel free to contact

Jessica Drake

Project Manager