Public Defense Pilot Program


Background

The Budget Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 129) established the Public Defense Pilot Program. Public Defense Pilot Program funds must be utilized for indigent defense providers, including public defenders, alternate defenders, and other qualifying entities that provide indigent defense in criminal matters for the purposes of workload associated with the provisions in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 1170 of, and Sections 1170.95, 1473.7, and 3051 of, the Penal Code.

 

Request for Applications (RFA)

This RFA provides the necessary information to submit an application to the Board of State and Community Corrections for the Public Defense Pilot Program.

  • Application Instructions Packet - Word
  • Public Defense Pilot Program RFA - Word

The Application Instructions Packet provides the information necessary to prepare an application to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) for grant funds available through the Public Defense Pilot Program. Any questions concerning this program must be submitted by email to: publicdefensegrant@bscc.ca.govcreate new email.

 

Summary of Key Dates

The following table shows a timeline of key dates related to the RFA.

Activity Date
Release Request for Applications October 4, 2021
Applications Due to the BSCC January 14, 2022
New Grants Begin March 1, 2022
Mandatory New Grantee Orientation March 10-11, 2022
Mandatory New Grantee Data & Evaluation Orientation April - TBD