New Social Justice Grant Partners
As part of Inspire Change the league has also awarded funding to five new national grant partners: Atlanta Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD), Chicago’s Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement (CARE), CHOOSE 180, Gulf Coast JFCS Community Assistance and Life Liaison Program (CALL), and Peace for DC.
These national grant partners represent the expansion of Inspire Change’s police-community relations pillar to include organizations that use key methods to bring law enforcement and communities together to create meaningful change in policing, policies and engagement. The methods, which have the support of both community advocates and law enforcement include:
- Co-Responder Models: Providing alternative responses for 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 calls that pertain to mental health crises; and
- Intervention Models: Selecting organizations that address community violence and youth impacted by the court system
These national grant partners were recently approved by the Social Justice Working Group, comprised of five players and legends and five NFL club owners, including Michael Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals), Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons), Gayle Benson (New Orleans Saints), Dee Haslam (Cleveland Browns), Shad Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars), Kelvin Beachum (Arizona Cardinals), Anquan Boldin (NFL Legend), Demario Davis (New Orleans Saints), Josh Norman (Free Agent) and Aeneas Williams (NFL Legend).
Since 2017, the NFL has provided more than $244 million to more than 40 national grant partners and more than 600 grassroots organizations across the country, nearing its 10-year, $250 million commitment to social justice efforts. This includes more than 1,800 Inspire Change matching grants provided by the NFL Foundation to current NFL players and Legends for nonprofits of their choice to help reduce barriers to opportunity. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that focus on the four Inspire Change pillars: education, economic advancement, police-community relations and criminal justice reform.
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