Indigent Defense Grant Program
The Budget Act of 2020 (Senate Bill 74) opens PDF file established the Indigent Defense Grant Program and appropriated $10,000,000 in funding. Per the Budget Act, $9,800,000 is available for grants to county Public Defenders and up to $200,000 may be allocated for an evaluation of the Indigent Defense Grant Program. Funds awarded under the Indigent Defense Grant Program must be utilized to address the staffing, training, case management needs, or other attorney support of Public Defender Offices.
The BSCC held a virtual Grantee Orientation on April 29 & 30, 2021. This two-day gathering was a chance for Indigent Defense Grantees and the BSCC to review administrative and programatic responsibilities, invoicing, and other grant related activities. Below are resources from the Orientation.
File 1: Grant Admin Guideopens PDF file
File 1: LEP LER Guidelinesopens PDF file
File 3: AB 1998opens PDF file
File 4: Evaluator Rolesopens PDF file
File 1 CMV PDF
Request for Applications
In February 2021 the BSCC released the Indigent Defense Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA).opens PDF file This grant made $9.8 million available to public defenders in the 19 counties with populations of 550,000 or fewer residents. Funds must be used to address the staffing, training, case management needs, or other attorney support.
Indigent Defense Grant Funding Allocations
|#||County||Total Allocation||*PDO / ADO Split|
|2||Humboldt||$416,500||$323,400 to PDO |
$93,100 to ADO
|6||Mendocino||$416,500||$323,400 to PDO |
$93,100 to ADO
|14||Solano||$852,600||$637,000 to PDO |
$215,600 to ADO
*PDO - Public Defender Office
ADO - Alternate Defender Office