This programme supports work with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. We consider progressive initiatives focused on new approaches for: alternatives to custody; in-prison supports; through-the-gate supports; the availability of options to integrate the ex-prisoner back into society and initiatives working with prisoners’ families. Projects should include reflection and social analysis in the application, which allows the organisation to demonstrate what works or doesn’t work. Information gathered should be used to influence policy development and to effect change on some of the more difficult issues facing prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families. Development projects or start-up initiatives need to have a clear basis for future sustainability.
Maximum grants available are in the region of €12,000 to €15,000. The average grant in 2016 was €7,000
The Criminal Justice Grant Programme is funded by Porticus UK, the Daughters of the Cross of Liege and the Discalced Carmelites.
The Trust operates a two step process, the details of which are outlined here. Please ensure your organisation is eligible to apply and you are familiar with the application process and deadline dates.