Recent events highlight how important and delicate this moment is for policing and its relationship to the community. These events have generated new urgency to seek new solutions and create lasting collaborative relationships between local police and the public.
The Open Society Foundations invite local fraternal and sororal police associations in the United States to submit proposals for projects they wish to work on to increase trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. Our aim is to make grants to local police associations to support them to implement projects that relate to the recommendations of the President’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing delivered to Obama in 2015. We see great value in working with local police associations. With hundreds of thousands of sworn police officers affiliated with thousands of local police associations around the country, the potential agents of change are many and diverse.
The Open Society Foundations are dedicating funds for projects lasting from a few months up to 24 months. There are no minimum and maximum amounts for applications, but the anticipated grant range is $25,000 to $200,000.
Fraternal and sororal organizations of sworn police officers at the local level from any part of the United States are invited to apply. National organizations will not be considered, although we welcome applications from their local chapters. Individual police officers or teams of police officers may not apply unless they do so in their capacity as official representatives of local police associations. Local police associations do not need to have formal legal status in order to be eligible to apply. Police associations that represent police officers of color or women police officers are particularly encouraged to apply. Associations may participate in more than one proposal.
We welcome applicants partnering with other funders to supplement their project needs. Open Society Foundations can provide funding for projects as well as support technical assistance costs. Proposed projects can include community projects, trainings, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns.
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In order to be considered, please use the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal, and the concept note form provided, to submit your application. Please refer to the concept note form in the Download Files section of this page for detailed instructions on registering for a portal account.