2020 49ers Social Justice Grant

We invite 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations to apply for operating support or programmatic funding of $25,000 to $100,000 per year for one or two years (for a total of $25,000 to $200,000) that meet the below criteria.


To provide support to national and local Bay Area nonprofit organizations who are currently engaged in effective strategies for improving racial equity, with a focus on the African-American community, in three key areas: (1) policing, (2) the criminal justice system beyond policing, and (3) education and economic opportunity.


Grant seekers should be able to demonstrate how they are effecting change in one of the following three areas either through policy change and/or direct service:

  • Criminal Justice Reform: Creating a future without mass incarceration. Examples might include legislative and policy reform in sentencing, parole, bail and/or probation in adult and/or juvenile systems.
  • Policing: Increase number of police departments whose actions reflect fair and unbiased police conduct. Examples might include independent community organizations focused on police de-escalation training, implicit bias training, policy change regarding decriminalization of poverty, use of force, transparency of data, use of body cameras and accessibility of footage, and accountability.
  • Educational Equity and Economic Empowerment: Investing in prosperous futures for African Americans including through educational opportunity, GED/high school equivalency programming, college access support, literacy, job readiness programming and nonprofits that support minority-owned businesses.


  • Has been a registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) for over 3 years.
  • Has a budget which clearly identifies programmatic, operating and fundraising expenses.
  • Local and national organizations are eligible to apply. Local organizations can apply for work conducted in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties only.

Click the link below for the full Request for Proposal.

For all questions regarding this grant we will have one conference call on Wednesday, June 17 at 12pm PT. Please RSVP to grants@49ers.com. We will be accepting submissions between Monday, June 22 – Monday, July 13. To apply, please visit this page beginning June 22.


49ers Social Justice Initiatives