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.

Grantee Orientation

The BSCC is hosting a virtual Grantee Orientation on April 7, 2021.  The following resources are available for your use:

Virtual Binder
Recording Grant Overview - April 7th
Recording Administrative Responsibilities - April 7th
Recording Fiscal Responsibilities - April 7th
Recording Program Responsibilities - April 7th

Request for Applications (RFA)

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

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 - Amended 2.11.21

CESF Application Package – Word - Amended 2.11.21

Any questions concerning the RFA must be submitted by email to new email. 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.


Bidders’ Conference

The CESF Bidders’ Conference was held on December 16, 2020 to provide clarity on the Request for Applications (RFA) and to address questions from prospective applicants. The meeting Agenda, PowerPoint Presentation, and Meeting Recording are provided below.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions from prospective bidders are answered and posted below.  Please check back often as FAQs will be updated up until January 28, 2021

  • FAQs posted 1/7/2021 – PDF
  • FAQs posted 12/8/2020 – PDF


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, 2021 March 12, 2021
Application Review February - March, 2021
New Grants Begin March 31, 2021
Mandatory New Grantee Orientation April 7, 2021