The Fund Approves $10.3 Million in New Grants



The Art for Justice Fund’s Governing Committee met in late May to select a new round of grantees. The Committee awarded $10.3 million in total to a mix of extraordinary organizations, advocates, and artists working in communities most harmed by mass incarceration and where the promise of change is greatest. The Fund will announce the recipients of these grants in June.

The grants range from $25,000 to $2 million, based on the scope of the project, and reflect four key areas of interest for the Fund:

  • Keeping people out of jail and prison
  • Shortening excessive prison sentences
  • Improving reentry into the community
  • Changing narratives about criminal justice

The new grants will support a range of efforts including, work to close prisons and create community alternatives for youth, raise awareness on the needs of incarcerated women and children with incarcerated parents, and campaigns to change criminal justice policies and practices at the state and local level.

The grants also include support for innovative art projects for individual artists and artist collaborations to develop, continue or complete work that elevates ideas and stories about the injustice and inequity of mass incarceration.

These latest grants build on the investments made last fall and bring the total amount deployed by the Fund to almost $32 million. The Art for Justice Fund is a five-year initiative created in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Ford Foundation.