Cohort Application FAQ

Does my jurisdiction qualify to apply for the 2022-23 Cohort?

  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants who attended the CCFFJ Bootcamp (in-person or virtually) on March 3 and 4, 2022. If you were unable to attend, please review the Bootcamp recordings here to learn more about the CCFFJ network, the reform process outlined in the Roadmap to Equitable Fine and Fee Reform, and details about the four policy areas of focus for the 2022-23 Cohort. 
  • Additionally, prior to submitting an application, all prospective jurisdictions must take steps toward conducting a fine and fee assessment that includes the following four elements: 1) community engagement, 2) government stakeholder engagement, 3) examining jurisdictional authority, and 4) fiscal analysis.
    • Detailed guidance on each of these four steps can be found in the Roadmap to Equitable Fine and Fee Reform
    • Applications that detail initial findings from all four elements of the fine and fee assessment will be prioritized for selection into the 2022-23 Cohort
    • CCFFJ will hold office hours through mid-May to help prospective teams begin their assessments and to assist with the application process. Applicants may also email with any questions

What policy areas will teams be expected to work in as a part of the 2022-23 Cohort?

CCFFJ will select a total of five jurisdictions to join the network and to advance meaningful policy reform from one or more of the following issue areas (applicants must have jurisdictional authority over the issue areas they select):

  • Fines that Serve No Compelling Policy Purpose or Exceed People’s Ability to Pay
  • The High Costs of Incarceration
  • Debt-based Driver’s License Suspensions
  • Fees in the Criminal-Legal System or Traffic Court 

What is the 2022-23 Cohort application process and timeline?

  • March 4, 2022 – Invitation to Apply Form released at CCFFJ Bootcamp
  • March 15, 2022 – CCFFJ 2022-23 Cohort Application released on a rolling basis to jurisdictions who have completed the Invitation to Apply Form
  • April 10, 2022 – Last day to submit Invitation to Apply Form & receive an application for the 2022-23 Cohort 
  • May 22, 2022 – Last day to submit CCFFJ 2022-23 Cohort Application (online submission)
  • June 9, 2022 – Finalists invited to interview stage
  • July 12, 2022 – Announcement of five jurisdictions selected to join CCFFJ 2022-23 Cohort
  • July 22, 2022 – CCFFJ 2022-23 Cohort Orientation and Launch (likely virtual)
  • Courts, prosecutors, and public defenders
  • Community organizers and advocates

What types of support does CCFFJ provide for jurisdictions who join the network?

Each cohort member will receive between $25,000 and $75,000 in grant funding, customized technical assistance, access to a network of subject matter experts, reform implementation planning, communications strategy support, and opportunities for shared learning.

Can a team accept grant funds through a fiscal agent or nonprofit organization on behalf of the city or county?


What are allowable uses of the grant funds?

We are open to different ways for teams to use funds to advance fine and fee reform. For example, teams in the first cohort used the funds to contract with community-based organizations or research consultants and/or stipends for community engagement, interviews, or survey respondents.

What is the time commitment to participate in the network?

Following steps outlined in the Roadmap to Bold and Equitable Fine and Fee Reform, each jurisdiction selected to join the network will be expected to meet regularly and work together over a 12 month period to advance their selected fine-and-fee reforms by the end of the cohort. Cohort teams will participate in the CCFFJ process and curriculum, including regular meetings with the network organizing partners (including potential in-person site visits), meetings with other cohort teams to share and receive learnings, programming and trainings via webinars, and 1-2 in-person events.

Who should be included as part of a local team?

City and/or county jurisdictions/courts should build a team of 2-5 individuals (hybrid city/county teams are encouraged). Team members should include:

  • A team coordinator who will be responsible for submitting the Invitation to Apply Form and CCFFJ 2022-23 Cohort Application, and if accepted into the 2022-23 Cohort, will be responsible for project managing the team’s workflow, progress, and communications.
  • At least one additional city or county government official or senior employee with direct authority or influence over the issue area(s) the team plans to address (e.g., senior staffers from the Mayor’s or Budget Office, courts (e.g., Chief Judge or District Attorney), etc.).
  • Other team members should include:
    1. Community organizers, advocates, and impacted people (highly recommended)
    2. Courts, prosecutors, and public defenders, or other relevant justice system stakeholders 
    3. Additional stakeholders in city or county government (e.g., Department Staff, Office of Racial Equity, etc.)

What are the responsibilities of a team coordinator, and who is the ideal person from each jurisdiction to take on this role?

A team coordinator is typically a senior-level government staffer in an office with authority or influence over the intended policy reforms. The coordinator is responsible for coordinating and tracking all CCFFJ team efforts, coordinating any onsite visits, as well as ensuring the team’s adherence to CCFFJ expectations and guidelines. Team coordinators should plan to submit one Invitation to Apply Form and 2022-23 Cohort Application on behalf of their jurisdiction.

Can a community member be a team coordinator?

A team coordinator is typically a senior-level government staffer in an office with authority or influence over the intended policy reforms. Outside of the coordinator role, we encourage teams to include directly-impacted people and community organizers/advocates.

How often will we be required to meet as a team?

At a minimum, the expectation is that teams will meet 1-2 times per month on their own over the course of a year, in addition to recurring network meetings.

Is there any support available from CCFFJ prior to the launch of the 2022-23 Cohort (for example, if we want help on the application)?

Yes, CCFFJ will hold weekly office hours prior to the launch of the next cohort. You will be invited to attend office hours after submitting the Invitation to Apply Form. Applicants may also email with any questions.

We want to pursue some fine and fee reforms that aren’t on the list. Is that okay?

CCFFJ encourages jurisdictions to enact any reforms that are community and government priorities. To join the 2022-23 Cohort, however, CCFFJ requires that your team prioritize one reform within the CCFFJ policy priority issue areas as part of your network participation.

Are there ways to use federal funding (e.g. American Rescue Plan) for reforms?

Yes, CCFFJ encourages the use of federal funds to evaluate and eliminate harmful fines and fees, as well as to invest in infrastructure and programs that support directly impacted people.

If my jurisdiction participated in the 2020-21 Cohort, can we apply again to participate in the 2022-23 Cohort?

2020-21 Cohort teams are already in the CCFFJ Network and will receive support and assistance (stay tuned for details). Please email if you believe there is a case to be made to participate as a 2022-23 Cohort member.

If my jurisdiction is not selected to join the 2022-23 Cohort, can we still receive support to work on fine-and-fee reforms?

Yes, please email for a referral to the Fines and Fees Justice Center and/or the San Francisco Financial Justice Project (CCFFJ partners).

How will CCFFJ continue to support the work of the 2020-21 Cohort? Will there be opportunities for the cohorts to connect?

CCFFJ plans to track and build on the reform efforts of the 2020-21 Cohort. As part of our goal to continue building national momentum for fine and fee reform, CCFFJ plans to facilitate connections across cohorts to increase shared learning and best practices.