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.

The Board of State and Community Corrections has convened a subject matter committee to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program. This committee, also known as an Executive Steering Committee, will meet to discuss and developed the RFP and provide funding recommendations to the Board.

The 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. Additional information about the RFP and associated timelines is provided below.

CalVIP RFP - Word


CalVIP Budget Attachment - Excel

Notice of Funding Availabilityopens PDF file

CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Presentationopens PDF file

CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Evidence-based Practice and Project Evaluation Presentationopens PDF file

CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Recording

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Posted 12/23/21 – PDF

Posted 1/11/22 – PDF


CalVIP Timeline

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


CalVIP Grantee Orientation
Virtual Binder
Recording - November 16th
Recording - November 17th
Recording - November 18th

CalVIP Evaluator Orientation
Recording - March 4th
LEP/LER Guidelinesopens PDF file
Power Point Presentationopens POWERPOINT file

CalVIP QPR Recorded Trainingopens VIDEO file
CalVIP QPR Trainingopens PDF file
CalVIP QPR Guideopens PDF file

CalVIP Grantees

Cities Small Cities Community-Based Organization
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!

Click here for Project Summaries

Cohort 3 Proposals can be found here


CalVIP Budget Attachment


FY 2019-20 CalVIP ESC Roster

California Violence Intervention Prevention (CalVIP) meeting photo
The Executive Steering Committee 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.


Presentation by Thomas Abt to the CalVIP ESC
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. Click on the image to watch Thomas Abt’s presentation to the CalVIP ESC.

Thomas Abt's Presentation for the CalVIP ESC


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



Cohort 2 Grantees (FY 18-19: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021)
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

Click here for a link of Project Summaries.

CalVIP Request for Proposals (RFP)

Cohort 1 Grantees (FY 17-18: May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020)
Cities Community-Based Organizations
Compton Another Choice, Another Chance (Sacramento)
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade (Los Angeles)
Oakland Catholic Charities of the East Bay (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)

Click here for a link of Project Summaries.

Grantee Final Local Evaluation Report (FLER)

Another Choice, Another Chance Final Evaluation Plan PDF

Brotherhood Crusade PDF

Catholic Charities PDF

Centinela Youth Services PDF

City of Compton PDF

City of Los Angeles PDF

City of Oakland PDF

City of Perris PDF

City of Richmond PDF

City of Sacramento PDF

City of San Bernardino PDF

City of Stockton PDF

City of Vallejo PDF

Fresh Lifelines for Youth PDF

Huckleberry Youth Programs PDF

Sierra Health Foundation PDF

South Bay Workforce Investment Board PDF

Youth Alive! PDF

Legislative Report PDF

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

Posted 6/4/20 - PDF

Posted 5/20/20 - PDF

Re-posted 3/20/20 - PDF
(see correction to Question 5)

Questions about the Cohort 3 CalVIP grants should be submitted to: new email

Letters of Intent

Click hereopens EXCEL file to see a listing of the cities and community-based organizations (CBOs) that submitted letters of intent to apply for CalVIP funds. The workbook is divided into three sections: Cities from Table 1, Cities from Table 2 and CBOs.

Bidders’ Conferences
The BSCC held Bidders’ Conferences on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Los Angeles and on Friday, March 6, 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.

The Bidders’ Conference on March 6, 2020 was recorded and can be viewed here – YouTube Recording

Bidders' Conference PowerPoint Slides - PDF

Evidence-Based Violence Reduction Strategies

At the Bidders’ Conference, BSCC showed a special video presentation by Thomas Abt, Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice and author of Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence and a Bold Plan for Peace in the Streets.

View the video presentation here -  Following the evidence: how to successfully and sustainably reduce urban violence


FY 17-18 CalVIP Request for Proposals (RFP)

The FY 17-18 CalVIP RFP 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