supporting organizations led by women & girls

impacted by the criminal justice system.

The FreeHer Fund is a new grant-making partnership between  CJI and The National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. The FreeHer Fund will support grassroots organizing that is based in awareness of the current political environment’s hostility toward the rights of women and girls; is led by women and girls directly impacted by the criminal legal system; and is working to restore or expand the rights of currently and/or formerly incarcerated women and girls.

FreeHer Circle Focus


In a CJI Circle, giving is explicitly inspired and designed to reflect a principle of philanthropy that values the role of those most affected by injustice as participants in generating the solutions to the issues they face. The FreeHer Circle is comprised of donors, donor-activists and criminal justice activists who identify as women, who are committed to ensuring a meaningful and transformative change in the U.S. criminal justice system. Most members are directly impacted (ie, unjust/ wrongful conviction, family member imprisoned). All funding circles are diverse in age (25-80), religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

The FreeHer Circle Fund aims to grant at least $500,000 to grassroots organizations located nationwide that are led by women and girls whose work focuses one or more of the following four areas:


  • Restoration of Rights

  • Sentencing and Conditions of Confinement

  • Economic Justice and

  • Reproductive Justice

To see if your organization is eligible to apply, click here. If you are eligible, you will receive a link to the full application. All applicants are encouraged to register for the pre-submittal webinar which will be held on October 30th at 2:00 PM (EST) The application deadline will be December 10, 2019, and the grants meeting is tentatively set to take place March 2020 during Women’s History Month.

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