California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program - CalVIP

The California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) grant program was a state-funded grant designed to reduce gang violence through prevention, intervention and suppression strategies. From 2008 to 2016, the Budget Act annually appropriated $9.215 million from the State Restitution Fund for CalGRIP.

The State Legislature established the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 to replace the CalGRIP grant program, which began in FY 2007-08. CalVIP provides funding for cities with the goal of reducing violence in the city and adjacent areas. The Budget Act of 2017 appropriated $9,215,000 in funding and the Budget Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29, Statues of 2018) included an additional $9,000,000 in funding for the CalVIP Grant Program.

On October 11, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 735, Statutes of 2019) – also known as the Break the Cycle of Violence Act – which adds Section 14130 to the California Penal Code, codifying the establishment of the CalVIP Grant and the authority and duties of BSCC in administering the program, including selection criteria for grants and reporting requirements to the Legislature.

The Break the Cycle of Violence Act specifies that the purpose of CalVIP is to “improve public health and safety by supporting effective violence reduction initiatives in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence, particularly group-member involved homicides, shootings, and aggravated assaults.” CalVIP grants shall be used to support, expand and replicate evidence-based violence reduction initiatives, including but not limited to:

  • hospital-based violence intervention programs,
  • evidence-based street outreach programs, and
  • focused deterrence strategies.

These initiatives should seek to interrupt cycles of violence and retaliation in order to reduce the incidence of homicides, shootings, and aggravated assaults. Further, these initiatives shall be primarily focused on providing violence intervention services to the small segment of the population that is identified as having the highest risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence in the near future.


CalVIP Cohort 4 Request for Proposals

This RFP provides the necessary information to prepare an application for grant funds available through the CalVIP Grant Program. Proposals must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 11, 2022. Any questions concerning this program must be submitted by email to: new email.


CalVIP RFPopens PDF file

CalVIP Budget Attachment - Excel*

*Note: Applicants must submit the Grant Project Budget and Budget Narrative (Budget Attachment) as an Excel spreadsheet. Do not submit it in any other format. Detailed instructions for completing the Budget Attachment are listed on the Instructions tab of the Excel workbook.


Notice of Funding Availabilityopens PDF file


CalVIP Cohort 4 Bidders' Conference

The BSCC held a Bidders' Conference in December 2021 to provide clarity on the RFP instructions answer technical questions from prospective applicants about the RFP process.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers


CalVIP Cohort 4 Timeline

Activity Date
Release Request for Proposals November 19, 2021
Bidders’ Conference December 17, 2021
Letter of Intent to the BSCC January 7, 2022
Proposals Due to the BSCC February 11, 2022
Proposal Rating Process & Development of Funding Recommendations April - May 2022
BSCC Board Considers Funding Recommendations June 9, 2022
Notice to Applicants June 10, 2022
Grant Period Begins July 1, 2022


CalVIP Cohort 4 Executive Steering Committee

The BSCC convened a subject matter committee for the CalVIP Grant Program. This Executive Steering Committee (ESC) meets to discuss RFP development, read and score proposals, and provide funding recommendations to the Board.

CalVIP Cohort 4 ESC Roster

# Name Title Agency/Organization
1 Chief Andy Mills, Chair Chief of Police
BSCC Board Member
City of Palm Springs Police Dept
2 Stephen Lindley Teacher Lee V. Pollard High School, San Diego
3 Tina Curiel-Allen Cal Crew Program Manager Five Keys, Central Valley
4 Natasha Mejia Policy Analyst National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, Oakland
5 Tina Rodriguez Statewide Manager Californians for Safety and Justice
6 Mike McLively Senior Staff Attorney Gifford Law Center to Precent Gun Violence, San Francisco
7 Gaynorann Siataga Community Advocate All Islanders Gather as One, San Francisco
8 Saun Hough CA Partnership Manager Californians for Safety & Justice, Los Angeles
9 Mark Slaughter Supervising Attorney Sacramento County Public Defender
10 Jackie Reed CEO Women Initiating Success Envisioned, San Diego
11 Jessie Leavitt Policy Analyst
Senior Corporate Counsel
State Bar of California
NetScout Systems, Inc.
12 Tim Kornegay Director LiveFree California, Los Angeles
13 Mary Roberts Retried Chief Counsel Administrative Office of the Courts, Oakland
14 Mona Cadena Advocacy Director Equal Justice USA, San Francisco
15 Amir Chapel Policy Analyst National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, Marina
16 Keith Baker Research Analyst/Co-Leader Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Cohort 3 CalVIP Grantee Orientation


CalVIP Evaluator Convening

Session 1

Session 2


CalVIP Evaluator Orientation


CalVIP Quarterly Progress Report (QPR) Training


CalVIP Cohort 3 Request for Proposals (RFP)

In February 2020 the BSCC released the CalVIP Cohort 3 RFPopens PDF file to California cities disproportionately impacted by violence (as defined by AB 1603opens PDF file ) and the community-based organizations that serve them.

Cohort 3 Grantees

Cities > 40,000 Cities ≤ 40,000 Community-Based Organizations
Bakersfield Grass Valley Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Oakland
Fresno Greenfield Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc.
Long Beach Gustine Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
Los Angeles King City Kitchens for Good
Oakland Marysville Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade
Oxnard Parlier Lundquist Institute
Richmond Safe Passages (Advance Peace)
Sacramento Sierra Health Foundation Center
Salinas Soledad Enrichment Action, Inc.
San Bernardino South Bay Community Services
San Francisco Southern California Crossroads
San Jose The Regents of the University of CA (Davis)
Stockton Watts Gang Task Force Council
Youth ALIVE!


CalVIP Cohort 3 Executive Steering Committee (ESC)

CalVIP Cohort 3 ESCThe ESC included a cross-section of subject matter experts with professional experience related to community-based violence intervention initiatives, program evaluation, policy development and advocacy, and individuals who were impacted by the criminal justice system. The ESC developed the CalVIP Request for Proposals and made funding recommendations to the Board. Cohort 3 ESC Rosteropens PDF file

Evidence-Based Violence Reduction Strategies - Thomas Abt

Thomas Abt is a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Abt served as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and as Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a leading role in establishing the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Abt turned what he learned in the past two decades in law-enforcement jobs, and now as a Harvard crime researcher, into a how-to manual published in June 2019 called Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence—And a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets.

Thomas Abt Presentation to the CalVIP ESC

Thomas Abt’s, TEDMED, Why Violence Clusters in Cities and How to Reduce it - Video


CalVIP Cohort 2 Request for Proposalsopens PDF file


CalVIP Cohort 2 Project Summariesopens PDF file


Cohort 2 Grantees

Cities Community-Based Organizations
Duarte California Conference for Equality and Justice (Long Beach)
Gilroy Garden Pathways (Bakersfield)
Lompoc Options Recovery Services (Berkeley)
Los Angeles Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (Los Angeles)
Oxnard The Reverence Project, Los Angeles
Parlier South Bay Community Services, Chula Vista
Santa Rosa

November 2020 CalVIP Legislative Report - Summary of Programs, Expenditures and Outcomesopens PDF file


CalVIP Cohort 1 Request for Proposalsopens PDF file


CalVIP Cohort 1 Project Summariesopens PDF file


Cohort12 Grantees

Cities Community-Based Organizations
Compton Another Choice, Another Chance, Sacramento
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles
Oakland Catholic Charities of the East Ba, Oakland
Pasadena Centinela Youth Services, Compton
Perris Fresh Lifeliness for Youth, Oakland
Richmond Huckleberry Youth Programs, San Francisco
Sacramento Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento
San Bernadino South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Inglewood
Stockton Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, San Bernardino
Vallejo Youth Alive! (Oakland)

Cohort 1 Final Local Evaluation Reports


For information about the CalVIP Grant Program, please contact Katrina Jackson, Field Representative, at new email

Cohort 1, Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 (Los Angeles, Oxnard, Parlier, Salinas & South Bay): Stephanie Birmingham, Program & Fiscal Analyst at new email

Cohort 3: Angela Ardisana, Program & Fiscal Analyst at new email

Frequently Asked Questions

Cohort 3 Letters of Intentopens EXCEL file

Bidders’ Conferences

The BSCC held Bidders’ Conferences March 2020 in Sacramento to answer technical questions from prospective applicants about the RFP, provide information on the principles of evidence-based violence reduction strategies, and provide clarity on RFP instructions.

March 6, 2020 Bidders' Conference Recording

Bidders' Conference Presentationopens PDF file


FY 17-18 CalVIP Request for Proposals (RFP)

The FY 17-18 CalVIP RFPopens PDF file included the following guidelines:

  • The maximum funding threshold for all grants (cities and CBOs) was $500,000.
  • The two-year grant cycles are: Cohort 1) May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020; and Cohort 2) September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020.
  • The dollar-for-dollar match can be cash or in-kind, or a combination thereof.
  • The $8,215,000 available for the competitive grant in Cohort 1 was split in half, with $4,107,500 set aside for city applicants and $4,107,500 set aside for CBO applicants.
  • The $7,550,000 available for the competitive grant in Cohort 2 was also split in half, with $3,775,000 set aside for city applicants and $3,775,000 set aside for CBO applicants.
  • Preference points were assigned according to the following schedule:
    • 5% extra points for cities (and CBOs in those cities) that ranked in the top 5 percent for homicide rate, robbery rate and aggravated assault rate for 2015 and 2016;
    • 3% extra points for cities (and CBOs in those cities) that ranked in the top 5 percent for 2 of those 3 crime rates for 2015 and 2016; and
    • 1% extra points for cities (and CBOs in those cities) that ranked in the top 5 percent for 1 of those 3 crime rates for 2015 and 2