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.

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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 JAMS Foundation

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.

Community Policing Innovations Initiative Advisory Committee

  • Chair: Barbara McQuade, Professor, University of Michigan Law School (former
    U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan)
  • Jerry Clayton, Sheriff, Washtenaw County
  • Saul Green, Senior Counsel, Miller Canfield (former Deputy Mayor, Detroit)
  • Alia Harvey-Quinn, Director, Force Detroit
  • Hon. Judith Levy, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • David Molloy, Chief, Novi Police Department
  • Steve Spreitzer, President & CEO, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and
  • Tim Wiley, Former Chief, New Baltimore Police Department
  • Melanca Clark, President & CEO, Hudson-Webber Foundation (advisor)
  • Mariam Noland, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Southeast
    Michigan (advisor)

How To Apply

Community Grant Applications

We are now accepting application from Oakland County communities
only. Pilot funds for the rest of the southeast Michigan region have been
committed for 2021.

Oakland County communities can benefit from support equivalent to
$90,000 – including $40,000 for a one-year period for technical
assistance, and then $50,000 for implementation support to address the
priority areas of the fund.

We have a rolling deadline for Oakland County applications
between October 1 and December 31, 2021. Once you submit an
application, we will seek to get you a response within a one-month period.

To apply, see the Guidelines at the link below, and submit you
application to:

To learn more, see the Request for Proposal details.

Request For Proposals

Technical Assistance Provider Applications 

We are also continuing to accept 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


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