Michigan Justice Fund Rapid Response Grant Program
The Michigan Justice Fund’s Rapid Response Grant program will provide Michigan-based advocacy and direct service delivery organizations with funds to support time-sensitive resource needs or strategic opportunities, which advance the primary mission of the Fund and improve Michigan’s justice reform movement infrastructure and collaboration.
Our desire is to provide funding support in a timely manner that may not otherwise be considered through standard foundation grant application processes.
Requests that align with one or more of the following three categories will be considered:
- Urgent organizational and collaborative movement responses to a crisis or unanticipated event.
- Time-sensitive planning and coordination needs in response to strategic opportunities.
- Incubation or testing of new ideas, which may have the potential for medium-term impact but lack evidence required from standard foundation grant application processes.
Grants of $1,500 – $10,000 will be made on a rolling basis over the next two years. There is no deadline to submit an application, and applications will be reviewed and responded to within 30 days of submission.
Grant examples and more information on how to apply are included in the Grant Guidelines.
Letter of Inquiry
The Michigan Justice Fund (MJF) has launched a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) opportunity to help streamline our application process and more efficiently connect with potential grantees. The MJF team will review all submissions within 30 days of receipt and will determine if there is alignment between your proposed project and the MJF goals and objectives. If there is alignment, your organization will be invited to submit a full proposal to MJF for consideration of funding. To submit an LOI, we are asking organizations to complete the following steps:
- Review background information about the MJF
- Review the LOI eligibility requirements and application questions; and
- Submit the LOI via email.
Michigan Justice Fund Summer Fellowship
Through the Michigan Justice Fund Summer Fellowship grant program, we aim to add capacity to organizations and efforts focused on dismantling systems of mass incarceration in the state. We are seeking to provide grant funding to nonprofit organizations/government agencies that are supporting individuals who are engaging in work addressing issues across the criminal legal system in Michigan.
The MJF Summer Fellowship grant program will fund ten (10) fellowships at nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Organizations can apply for a grant up to $6,500, which includes $5,000 (which should be used entirely for the fellow’s stipend), plus additional administrative costs, up to $1,500, totaling a request of up to $6,500 per organization.
Please sign up for updates to learn about upcoming opportunities.