Grant Funding Opportunity: On February 15, 2021 The Colorado Restorative Justice Council will be requesting applications for two types of micro-grants in FY 2021/2022

Grant Types: To further our strategic vision to integrate restorative values and practices into as many contexts as possible, make restorative opportunities equitable across the diversities of persons who have been harmed and who have caused harm, and increase RJ practitioners who represent local community demographics and priorities, the Restorative Justice Council will offer up to $300,000 to fund two categories of micro-grants in FY22: 

Community Engagement Grants (between $1,000 - $10,000 per award)

These smaller grants are designed to support immediate community needs for critical conversations, networking, and basic operations for emerging or smaller-scale restorative initiatives. These are examples of possible activities suited to this grant category including but not limited to: 

  • listening and/or dialogue processes within identified communities and/or between community and system representatives – such as law enforcement – to raise awareness and address racial and other social justice inequities
  • community engagement to strengthen relationships, develop strategic partnerships, and assess readiness to launch restorative initiatives in communities and/or systems
  • emerging or smaller-scale restorative and transformative justice projects – including alternatives to the traditional criminal justice approach- to prevent or address harm in identified communities 
  • consultations related to start-up needs for restorative initiatives
  • mutual training, coaching and mentoring opportunities, to share learning and strengthen relationships within and between Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities of practice and White practitioners/allies 

 Capacity/Innovation Grants (between $10,001 - $40,000 per award)

These mid-size grants are designed to strengthen best practices in RJ across communities, regions, and the state. While individual organizations may apply for grants, this grant category is not intended for general operating support or larger capital expenses. The focus is capacity-building and innovation within programs - such as enhancing skills and operating systems to improve effectiveness, sustainability, fidelity to RJ values and principles, and forwarding equity and inclusion goals - as well as support for broader collaborative efforts across communities and sectors. These are examples of possible activities suited to this grant category including but not limited to:

  • Regional or sector-wide strategic networking, training or infrastructure development
  • Develop/implement evidence-based research and data collection tools
  • Organizational or system assessments (e.g., fidelity to best practices, equity-specific audits i.e barriers to access such as eligibility biases, language justice, etc.)
  • Targeted strategies to increase under-represented groups within board and staff leadership, community volunteers, and client populations
  • COVID-19 adjustments and innovations to program delivery
  • Specialized trainings for professional development of board, staff and/or volunteers
  • Explore/implement strategic transitions or collaborations (e.g., leadership succession, mergers, strategic networks, public-private partnerships)


  • Applicants should identify and integrate RJ principles clearly within their proposals. More information on RJ principles and practices can be found here
  • Applicants and related service providers are encouraged to create a profile on the Council’s website, if not already in the RJ provider directory
  • Highest priority in both grant categories will be given to proposals directly addressing racial and other social justice inequities within Colorado communities, systems, and/or the RJ field itself. 
  • If previously an RJ Council awardee, the request for funding should be for a new initiative or project

Timeline for FY22 applications and awards:

  • February 15, 2021: Request for Applications released
  • March 7, 2021, 11:59 pm: Deadline for completed applications
  • May 30, 2021 (no later than): Awards announced
  • July 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible): Anticipated start date for grant activities and reimbursements
  • June 30, 2022: All funds must be expended (end of state fiscal year)