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California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Program

The 2017 State Budget Act provided $1 million to the City of Los Angeles and $8.215 million for other cities and community-based organizations (CBOs) to compete for up to a $500,000 grant under the CalVIP Program. CalVIP funds may be used for violence intervention and prevention activities, with preference given to applicants that propose programs that have been shown to be the most effective at reducing violence.

Preference was also given to applicants in cities or regions disproportionately affected by violence. To comply with the authorizing statute, city grantees must establish a coordinating and advisory council to prioritize the use of the funds and commit to collaborating and coordinating with area jurisdictions and agencies with the goal of reducing violence in the city and adjacent areas. City grantees must also pass through a minimum of 50 percent of their grant funds to one or more CBOs. $9,215,000 was awarded to ten cities and ten CBOs (Cohort 1) for a two-year grant period beginning May 1, 2018 and ending April 30, 2020.

The 2018 State Budget Act appropriated an additional $9 million for this program. In addition to the $1 million set-aside for the City of Los Angeles, an additional eight cities and seven CBOs (Cohort 2) were funded for a two-year grant period beginning September 1, 2018 and ending August 31, 2020. The BSCC will produce a Legislative Report on this program in March 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.

Cities Community-Based Organizations
Duarte California Conference for Equality and Justice (Long Beach)
Gilroy Community & Youth Outreach (Oakland)
Lompoc Garden Pathways (Bakersfield)
Los Angeles Options Recovery Services (Berkeley)
Oxnard Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (Los Angeles)
Parlier The Reverence Project (Los Angeles)
Salinas South Bay Community Services (Chula Vista)
Santa Rosa  
Seaside  

Click here for a link of Project Summaries.

Applicant to the CalVIP grant must meet the following requirements:

  • All CalVIP grantees shall provide a dollar-for-dollar match to state grant funds.
  • A grant shall not exceed $500,000, and at least two grants shall be awarded to cities with populations of 200,000 or less.
  • In awarding CalVIP grants, the BSCC shall give preference to applicants in cities or regions that are disproportionately affected by violence, and shall give preference to applicants that propose to direct CalVIP funds to programs that have been shown to be the most effective at reducing violence.
  • Each city that receives a grant from shall collaborate and coordinate with area jurisdictions and agencies, including the existing county juvenile justice coordination council, with the goal of reducing violence in the city and adjacent areas.
  • Each city grantee shall also establish a coordinating and advisory council to prioritize the use of the funds. Membership shall include city officials, local law enforcement, local educational agencies, local community-based organizations, and local residents.
  • Applicants for CalVIP grant funds shall include clearly defined, measurable objectives for the grant in their proposal to the Board of State and Community Corrections. CalVIP grantees shall report to the BSCC regarding their progress in achieving those objectives.
  • The BSCC shall report to the Legislature once per funding cycle on the overall effectiveness of the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program

CalVIP Executive Steering Committee Roster


  Name Title Organization/Agency
1 Michelle Scray Brown (Chair) Chief Probation Officer, former BSCC Board Member San Bernardino County Probation
2 Ben Beltrano Deputy District Attorney Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
3 Rev. Charles Dorsey, Ph.D. Executive Director COR Community Development Corporation
4 Steven Kim Co-Founder, Executive Director Project Kinship
5 Sam Lewis Director of Inside Programs Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)
6 Ray Lozada Supervising Probation Officer Sacramento County Probation Department
7 Julio Marcial Youth Justice Director Liberty Hill Foundation
8 Mike McLively Senior Staff Attorney, Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
9 Steve Moore Sheriff San Joaquin County
10 John Piñeda Leadership & Learning Coordinator Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA
11 Fritz Reber Sergeant (retired) Chula Vista Police Department
12 Alfonso Valdez, Ph.D. Director, Public Policy Laboratory U.C. Irvine, School of Social Science

In addition to the statutory requirements listed above, the CalVIP RFP included the following:

  • The maximum funding threshold for all grants (cities and CBOs) was $500,000.
  • The grant period will be for two years: May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020 (Cohort 1) and September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020 (Cohort 2).
  • 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 2016.

For information about the CalVIP Grant Program, please contact Colleen Curtin, Field Representative, at colleen.curtin@bscc.ca.gov

Cohort 1 Program Analyst: Rakesh Sharma, rakesh.sharma@bscc.ca.gov

Cohort 2 Program Analyst: Angela Ardisana, angela.ardisana@bscc.ca.gov