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The NACRJ mini-grant program began in 2016, and to date, has dispersed over $40,000.00 in funds to members around the country. It has been our goal to make the application process as simple as possible. In addition, the selection committee is comprised of a diverse group of practitioners from our membership, who work together to select projects which most closely align with community and restorative justice principles. The range of Mini-Grant allotments are typically $500 to $3,000 per recipient.

We anticipate the next mini-grant round will take place in Fall 2023.


Mini-Grant Purpose and Process
The purpose of NACRJ’s mini-grant program is captured in our mission statement:

"We advance community and restorative justice as a social movement by serving people and organizations committed to building community and addressing harm. NACRJ provides guidance and support to establish high quality practices with fidelity to restorative principles."

We believe that providing an annual mini-grant opportunity to our members is one important way for us to fulfill our mission. Although mini-grant criteria may vary a bit year to year, some fundamental components that play into the criteria for selection include:

  • Extent to which the proposal aligns with the NACRJ mission and vision
  • Capacity of the proposal for promoting and strengthening community and restorative justice
  • Clarity of how mini-grant funds contribute to the project’s goal, making logical connections between activities and desired outcomes
  • Leveraging of funds for maximal and long-lasting impact
  • Number of people and variety of people diversity of groups served
  • Focus on equity and emphasis on sustainability of project

Previous Mini-Grant Recipients

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