Michelson 20MM is committed to helping individuals and communities impacted by the criminal justice system forge a brighter, more prosperous future through educational attainment. In keeping this pledge, we’re launching our latest Michelson Spark Grants funding round and awarding grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofits at the intersection of higher education, workforce development, incarceration, and reentry.
In support of these efforts our next round of the Michelson Spark Grant program will focus on this very important issue. Join us on November 30th to learn more about the Spark Grant program and the funding cycle’s focus areas, which are available below. Our Smart Justice funding cycle will run from December 6th to December 20th, 2023 and seeks to fund macro level projects that support systems level strategies that create impact at scale and inform public policy.
The Smart Justice Initiative (SJI) at Michelson 20MM launched in 2019 to leverage higher education as a catalyst for personal transformation and justice reform. SJI components include higher education in prison, reentry, supporting justice-involved students on campus, workforce development and economic success, racial justice, and gender justice, with a particular focus on policy and systems change. Previous Smart Justice grantees include the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program, UCI LIFTED, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Impact Justice, Root and Rebound, Vera Institute of Justice, RAND Corporation, and the Campaign for College Opportunity.
The vision for the Spark Grant Program is to introduce an innovative just-in-time grantmaking process to fill urgent needs for organizations that are well-aligned with our focus areas. The Spark Grant Program is available to United States–based nonprofits. For this round of funding, we have decided to focus our impact on organizations that are doing work in California. Organizations whose work does not impact California will be ineligible for this opportunity. Your project must address at least one of our focus areas in order to be considered.
For questions regarding eligibility, reach out to Ryan Erickson-Kulas, Director of Programs and Operations, email@example.com.