San Francisco District Attorney's Office Announces 2017 Request for Proposals: Neighborhood Justice Fund
In early 2012, District Attorney George Gascón expanded the scope of San Francisco’s Community Courts Program to create the Neighborhood Courts Initiative. Neighborhood Courts are a community-based approach to improving the quality, safety and cohesion of each district through restorative justice methods. Rather than pursuing traditional criminal case processing, the District Attorney’s Office (SFDA) refers appropriate misdemeanor cases to one of ten Neighborhood Courts throughout San Francisco. Common case types include, but are not limited to, shoplifting, vandalism and disorderly conduct.
At Neighborhood Court, a panel of volunteer adjudicators, trained in restorative justice and problem-solving, hear each case. Neighborhood Court panels are composed of residents who live and work in the community where the incident occurred; there are no judges, defense attorneys or prosecutors. To resolve the case, adjudicators issue individually-tailored “directives,” including community service, restitution, apology letters, training and treatment, to repair the harm caused by the incident. Participants who successfully complete Neighborhood Court directives are not prosecuted in criminal court. Neighborhood Court hearings are voluntary and confidential.
In some Neighborhood Court cases, participants are directed to pay “community restitution.” These funds are held by SFDA solely for disbursement through the Neighborhood Justice Fund grant program. On an annual basis, SFDA awards restitution funds as grants to community-based organizations for projects that will enhance the safety, livability and neighborhood cohesion of San Francisco’s districts. Grants awarded during the 2017 disbursement are for projects to be completed between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
In 2017, the Neighborhood Justice Fund will give priority to projects dedicated to auto burglary prevention and education, citizenship and immigration rights education, and community mobilization events. SFDA strives to fund at least one project in each police district.
Proposals are due May 12, 2017 at 5pm. For more information: Neighborhood Justice Fund 2017 RFP.pdf
San Francisco Adult Probation Department announces Community Corrections Recidivism and Crime Reduction Services Grants
The following organizations have been selected to receive funding to provide funding for recidivism and crime reduction services:
Service Area 1: Community Circles
- Community Works West
- Healing Circles for Soul Support System
- Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
- Reset Foundation
Service Area 2: Emergency Housing Vouchers
Service Area 3: Mentoring
Service Area 4: Pro-Social Activities
Service Area 5: Reentry Welcome Home and Community Appreciation Events Coordination Program
Service Area 6: Women Educational Achievement Program
To combat inequality, NCF will fight economic marginalization and challenge policies that damage families and communities and excessively criminalize communities of color and the poor. We invest in leaders, organizations and coalitions working to expand economic opportunity and racial justice by eradicating racial discrimination and implicit bias. We focus on people whose options have historically been limited, including low-income people, people of color, women and those disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system. Our work acknowledges the deeply disruptive effects of criminal justice policies on communities and on the ability of formerly incarcerated people to connect with their families and participate in our democracy and economy.
We partner with those building pathways and advancing narratives that lead to the creation of inclusive economies where everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic security and social mobility. To find alternatives to capital-intensive, market-based economic models, we will invest in efforts that promote business ownership, wealth and asset-building for people in low-wealth and energy-poor communities. Success requires creative problem-solving, including the use of stories and religious and ethical traditions to redefine meaning, images and art to reconstruct identities and new cultural language to shift thinking and behavior.
Specifically, we will focus on innovative ideas and programs that:
- Develop clear solutions for a new, more inclusive, sustainable and democratic economy;
- Support critical interventions that reshape our criminal justice system and overturn policies that disproportionately target low-income people and communities of color;
- Build assets and wealth that lead families to greater economic security and mobility, advancing racial, gender, ethnic and economic justice;
- Advance business ownership models that extend wealth and asset opportunities to traditionally under-resourced groups of people;
- Create entry points and mobility opportunities to climate jobs and financing for people historically outside of the clean energy economy; and
- Counter existing racial and gender stereotypes with new narratives that shift biased thinking and increase empathy and compassion for traditionally marginalized people.
For information on how to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), click here.
Oakland Unite: Notification of Funding Availability Reentry Employment: Golden State Works Transitional Employment
The City of Oakland, Human Services Department is soliciting Requests for Proposals from organizations with the experience and capacity to provide transitional reentry employment and job development opportunities that target formerly incarcerated individuals, specifically people on parole.
Proposals due by April 5, 2017, before 3pm PST
Click here for complete information.
If you know of a San Francisco-based nonprofit facing a rent increase or displacement, they may be eligible for technical or financial assistance through the City and County of San Francisco’s Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund. Nonprofits in the program have benefited from lease extensions and negotiations, short-term rental subsidies and tenant improvement funds, and are often among the first to hear about new below-market real estate opportunities.