TOLEDO, OH – The Lucas County Commissioners today announced the award of 10 grants to local community-based organizations to support neighborhood programming that serves youth, families, and individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.
These grants of $10,000 each, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, are designed to advance the County’s efforts through the MacArthur Foundation Safety + Justice Challenge to address racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system and to safely reduce the local jail population.
The funding will help support programs that create meaningful partnerships with the communities and neighborhoods they serve, with a focus on Toledoans who have been or likely will be impacted by the criminal justice system.
To qualify, programs must serve the Toledo ZIP Codes of 43604, 43607, 43608, and 43610. Priority was given to organizations that are growing and developing, and to organizations lead by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color).
The 10 community organizations awarded funding are:
• Toledo Lucas County Police Athletic League
• Junction Coalition
• Frederick Douglass Community Association
• JRM Mentoring
• The Program, Inc.
• Open Arms Transformation Living
• Pathway, Inc.
• Stand Up Man Up 2
• All in Academy
• Believe Center
Grant recipients were chosen for the ability of their projects and programs to deliver a community-based approach to address racial disparity in local jails and provide equitable solutions that enhance safety and justice.