Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program


The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to fund approaches that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates and detainees in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.

This Request for Applications makes $41,763,011 available to county governments to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.


Request for Applications (RFA)

The CESF 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 CESF Program.

CESF Proposal Instructions Packet – Word

CESF Application Package – Word

Any questions concerning the RFA must be submitted by email to The BSCC will accept and respond to questions about this RFA until January 28, 2021. Questions and answers will be posted here and updated periodically up until January 28, 2021.


Summary of Key Dates

Activity Date
Release Request for Applications November 20, 2020
Virtual Bidder's Conference December 16, 2020
Applications Due to the BSCC February 1, 2020
Application Review February - March, 2021
New Grants Begin March 31, 2021
Mandatory New Grantee Orientation April 7, 2021