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: firstname.lastname@example.org new email.
*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.
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.
- CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Presentationopens PDF file
- Evidence-based Practices and Project Evaluation Presentationopens PDF file
- CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Recording
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers
- FAQs Posted 12/23/21opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 1/11/22opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 2/4/22opens PDF file
CalVIP Cohort 4 Timeline
|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
|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
CalVIP Evaluator Orientation
- March 4th Recording
- LEP/LER Guidelinesopens PDF file
- Evaluator Orientation Presentationopens POWERPOINT file
- Statewide Evaluation Design Reportopens PDF file
CalVIP Quarterly Progress Report (QPR) Training
- CalVIP QPR Training Recordingopens VIDEO file
- CalVIP QPR Training Presentationopens PDF file
- CalVIP QPR Guideopens PDF file
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|
|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|
CalVIP Cohort 3 Executive Steering Committee (ESC)
The 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.
Cohort 2 Grantees
|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|
|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
- Another Choice, Another Chance Evaluationopens PDF file
- Brotherhood Crusade Evaluationopens PDF file
- Catholic Charities Evaluationopens PDF file
- Centinela Youth Services Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Compton Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Los Angeles Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Oakland Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Perris Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Richmond Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Sacramento Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of San Bernardino Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Stockton Evaluationopens PDF file
- City of Vallejo Evaluationopens PDF file
- Fresh Lifelines for Youth Evaluationopens PDF file
- Huckleberry Youth Programs Evaluationopens PDF file
- Sierra Health Foundation Evaluationopens PDF file
- South Bay Workforce Investment Board Evaluationopens PDF file
- Youth Alive! Evaluationopens PDF file
For information about the CalVIP Grant Program, please contact Katrina Jackson, Field Representative, at email@example.com new email
Cohort 1, Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 (Los Angeles, Oxnard, Parlier, Salinas & South Bay): Stephanie Birmingham, Program & Fiscal Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org new email
Cohort 3: Angela Ardisana, Program & Fiscal Analyst at email@example.com new email
Frequently Asked Questions
- FAQs Posted 6/4/20opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 5/20/20opens PDF file
- FAQs Posted 3/20/20opens PDF file
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.
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