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Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for Mediation
Programs that Promote the Reintegration of Recently Released Prisoners

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and JAMS Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/17/19 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location.


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Grants of $12,000 per year to USA nonprofits, schools, and agencies to improve or expand services that support the re-entry and re-integration of released prisoners. Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest and be invited to apply. Services should help resolve conflicts related to education, employment, community, and family for those who have recently been released or are scheduled to be released from the criminal justice system. Funding is intended primarily for staff time dedicated to program development activities, including participation in the learning community and the development of source materials.

Priority will be given to projects that, in addition to assisting individuals who are encountering conflict in such areas as employment or housing or education or domestic relations:
- Also seek to develop collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change in regard to prisoner re-entry and re-integration; and,
- Work to engage in public awareness and educational activities about the values of using community mediation for prisoner re-entry and re-integration. (See Hallmarks in Additional Eligibility for more information.)

The Mini-Grant Program is designed to encourage creativity and variation based on research. Service strategies will be developed through the implementation of the “Listening for Action” Leadership Process and strengthened by at least one policy or procedure change developed and locally implemented over a two-year period.

Mini-grant recipients will work together throughout the grant period anchored in the Learning Community. The Learning Community is a structured and collaborative peer working group facilitated by NAFCM. This structure serves as an incubator for innovation by aiding in the development of “good practices.” All written materials developed through these grants will be shared with community mediation centers and mediators across the continent. By distributing these materials, sharing programmatic resources, providing training, and developing national partnerships, NAFCM supports the replication of these service models and ensures the Program’s impact on an international level.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183117

Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini-Grants of $12,000 a year will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded by August 31st, 2019 for an initial twelve-month funding period and are renewable for an additional year of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, educational institutions, and public or for-profit agencies working in conjunction with nonprofit institutions or organizations.

Applications are open to any organization that works to incorporate the 9 NAFCM Hallmarks of Community Mediation and believes that this funding and technical assistance support opportunity is a good fit for the needs of their work and those with whom they work. Preference for funding is given to those applicants who have previously demonstrated an ability to bring projects to a level of scalability and sustainability.

The nine hallmarks of a community mediation center are:
- A private non-profit or public agency or program thereof, with mediators, staff and governing/advisory board representative of the diversity of the community served.
- The use of trained community volunteers as providers of mediation services; the practice of mediation is open to all persons.
- Providing direct access to the public through self-referral and striving to reduce barriers to service including physical, linguistic, cultural, programmatic, and economic.
- Providing service to clients regardless of their ability to pay.
- Providing service and hiring without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disabilities, national origin, marital status, personal appearance, gender orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income.
- Providing a forum for dispute resolution at the earliest stage of conflict.
- Providing an alternative to the judicial system at any stage of a conflict.
- Initiating, facilitating and educating for collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change.
- Engaging in public awareness and educational activities about the values and practices of mediation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational conference call will be held on March 19th, 2019 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. There is a limited number of spaces for this teleconference. To obtain the link for the conference please send a notice of interest to NAFCM at

Pre-Application Information:

The first step in the application process is the Solicitation of Interest. This step invites you to submit a two to three-page short answer proposal no later than April 2, 2019, local time of applicant.

The NAFCM Grant review committee will notify applicants if they have been selected to develop a full proposal by May 1st, 2019.

Phase 2 is by invitation only.

An RFP review webinar will be offered on May 7th, 2019 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The link for attendance will be sent to those applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.

Full proposals will be due to the NAFCM Grant review committee no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Notifications of the final decision will be made by August 31st, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit Solicitations of Interest to

The subject line of the email must read: JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Grant – [Organization Name]

Please address questions about grant program to D.G. Mawn, President, NAFCM, at the above email.

National Association for Community Mediation
P. O. Box 5246
Louisville, KY 40255

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