The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation

Langeloth Foundation Announces Fall 2016 Grants

October 18, 2016



The Langeloth Foundation Announces Fall Grants

(October 18 New York, N.Y.) The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation has announced awards of more than $3.8 Million in its fall 2016 grant-making cycle. 

These grant awards were given to thirteen organizations working on a range of issues: 

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation: Campaign to End Solitary Confinement Coordinator

The National Campaign to End Solitary Confinement Coordinator will work to enhance and expand a broad national network of groups working to stop the use of solitary confinement in prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers across the country. The Coordinator will work with groups at both the national and local level to provide technical assistance to advocates in state and local campaigns and connect campaigners to share strategies.  

Center for Children's Law and Policy: Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign  

Stop Solitary for Kids is a national campaign to end solitary confinement of youth in juvenile justice facilities in the United States in three years. The campaign is a joint effort organized by CCLP with three other national organizations representing advocates working outside juvenile facilities as well as administrators working within the youth correctional system. Stop Solitary for Kids aims to end solitary confinement by working at the federal, state, and local levels through public education, policy reform, improved facility practices, family and youth engagement, training, and technical assistance.           

Council of State Governments: The Justice Center's Stepping Up Initiative: The Campaign           

The Stepping Up initiative is a national effort to reduce the prevalence of adults with mental illnesses in jails. This grant will support the development of a strategy and execution of activities for a media and political awareness campaign on the Stepping Up initiative mission and goals.   

Grantmakers in Health: GIH Programming in Justice and Violence           

Grantmakers in Health will work to help health funders learn, connect, and grow on two often overlapping topics: 1) the health of justice-involved populations; and, 2) chronic violence and community health. GIH hopes to raise the visibility of these issues among health funders and bring together health funders and others with an interest in these topics, including those organizations that may not presently view their work as related to these subjects.          

Grassroots Leadership: Community Led Alternatives to the Treatment Industrial Complex

Building on Grassroots Leadership’s successful Campaign for Public Mental Health Care, this project will magnify and expand advocacy for alternatives to prison profiteers’ involvement at the intersections of mental health care and confinement. The project will link the Treatment Industrial Complex series of research and policy reports with on-the-ground advocacy and organizing involving people directly impacted by the criminal justice and mental health systems and their allies, through a series of research reports, earned media, leadership trainings, and advocacy campaigns. The project will build a cohort of directly impacted people to engage in local, state, and national efforts to define, advocate for, and implement best practices for health and mental health care for criminal justice-involved individuals.       

JustLeadership USA: JLUSA #CLOSErikers and Mental Health Advocacy & Emerging Leaders Training

To provide JLUSA's Emerging Leaders training to at least 50 formerly incarcerated men and women per session, and for the #CLOSErikers campaign which mobilizes directly impacted communities for the closure of Rikers Island jails, including individuals with mental illness, mental health providers and advocates, to discuss best practices in mental health delivery for detained populations.      

Mother Jones: Expansion of Mother Jones' Criminal Justice Beat  

Mother Jones intends to allocate approximately $11.5 million toward a massive editorial expansion that will allow for a faster-moving, deeper-digging newsroom focused on the core issues of justice and fairness facing our democracy. Criminal justice - a wide-ranging, intersectional beat that will not only include the justice/prison system, but also gun violence, police violence and inequality - has long been a reporting priority of Mother Jones. This grant will expand the capacity of that beat with additional reporters, editors, engagement editors, videographers and data journalists.           

National Religious Campaign Against Torture: NRCAT Project to Stop Solitary Confinement: Mobilizing a National Moral Call for Therapeutic Interventions and Restorative Alternatives

This is a 6-month bridge-funding grant to continue the work started in 2015 to change the national conversation on solitary confinement and champion the moral vision for humane alternatives. NRCAT will continue to offer advocacy trainings for religious partners in key states, secure faith leader op-eds, present testimony at hearings, ensure a faith presence at accountability meetings with corrections officials, increase faith leadership in campaigns and vigils nationwide, and recruit new faith advocates utilizing educational tools including the NRCAT documentary, Breaking Down the Box.         

Neighborhood Funders Group: Funders for Justice       

Funders for Justice will directly engage and mobilize grantmakers to 1) increasingly promote community-driven efforts to shift local government resources and policies in ways that support healthy communities, through creating electronic and print materials that serve as a toolkit for funders, publicizing the toolkit and findings, and hosting a series of action-oriented conversations among grantmakers and field leaders; and 2) grow awareness among their peers in philanthropy that discriminatory and violent policing, criminalization, and state violence are a public health crisis.          

New Venture Fund: After Orlando, Gun Violence Prevention

This project is a cross-country, 5-month campaign led by a new activist/intersectional flank that takes gun violence prevention from a single issue to a unifying progressive issue inclusive of identity issues like gender, sexual orientation and racial justice. This campaign will build awareness and support, recruit new voices, and create opportunities for more aggressive activism and local media coverage.

Solitary Watch: Bridge Grant    

This is a 6-month bridge grant to continue investigating, documenting, and disseminating information about the use and abuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. This funding will support staff time and direct costs for reporting and resource development, as well as the cost of completing, publishing, and disseminating two state reports supporting advocacy and policy change.

The Opportunity Agenda: Rising to the Challenge: Using Communications to Create a Healthier Criminal Justice System     

The Opportunity Agenda’s criminal justice reform work focused on communication tools, training, and analysis of existing opinion research has proven effective, impactful, and in high demand from the field. This grant will increase the ability of their network of criminal justice partners, including a number of Langeloth grantees, to reach and persuade decision makers and the public, and build support for policies that create healthier communities.          

University of Massachusetts Medical School: Fostering Inclusive Collaboration in the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health   

To support junior investigators and students concerned with criminal justice health via scholarships, networking opportunities and structured mentorship; and 2) To support the engagement of community health workers from the Transition Clinic Network and other key community-based stakeholders to attend and participate in the annual conference


About The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation


The Langeloth Foundation's grant-making program is centered on the concepts of health and well-being. The Foundation's purpose is to promote and support effective and creative programs, practices and policies related to healing from illness, accident, physical, social or emotional trauma, and to extend the availability of programs that promote healing to underserved populations.


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