California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program - CalVIP


The State Legislature established the CalVIP Grant Program in 2017 to replace the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention grant program that began in 2007. CalVIP provides funding for cities and community-based organizations with the goal of reducing violence in the city and adjacent areas.

In October 2019 Governor Newsom signed the Break the Cycle of Violence Act (AB 1603). AB 1603 codified the establishment of CalVIP and defined its purpose: 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.

The Break the Cycle of Violence act specifies that 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 and 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.

Re-released Request for Proposals (RFP)

This 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, July 15, 2022. Any questions must be submitted by email to: calvip@bscc.ca.govcreate new email.

  • CalVIP Rereleased RFP - Word  (editable document)
  • CalVIP Rereleased RFP - PDF  (information only)
  • Budget Attachment - Excel*

*Note: Applicants must submit the Grant Project Budget and Budget Narrative as an Excel spreadsheet. Do not submit in any other format. Detailed instructions for completing the Budget Attachment are included on the Instructions tab of the Budget workbook.

 

Notice of Funds Availabilityopens PDF file

CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Recording

CalVIP Bidders’ Conference Presentationopens PDF file

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

 

Summary of Key Dates

Activity Date
Release Request for Proposals June 10, 2022
Bidders' Conference June 24, 2022
Letter of Intent due to the BSCC July 1, 2022
Proposal Due to the BSCC by 5:00 p.m. July 15, 2022
Proposal Rating Process and Development of Funding Recommendations July-August 2022
Present Funding Recommendations to the BSCC Board September 8, 2022
Notice to Applicants September 9, 2022
Grant Period Begins October 1, 2022

Request for Proposals

In November 2021 the BSCC released the CalVIP Cohort 4 RFP (link RFP PDF) to California cities disproportionately impacted by violence and the community-based organizations that serve them.

 

CalVIP Cohort 4 Grantees

City Grantees

City Grant Funding Award
City of Antioch $1,794,116
City of Bakersfiel $3,114,625
City of Chula Vista $1,728,456
City of Fresno $1,823,792
City of Hemet $963,573
City of Long Beach $3,919,232
City of Modesto $2,215,217
City of Oakland $5,999,948
City of Pasadena $2,510,394
City of Pomona $5,144,940
City of Richmond $6,000,000
City of Salinas $3,130,453
City of San Bernardino $3,800,000
City of San Francisco $6,000,000
City of Vallejo $1,541,292

 

Small Scope Community-Based Organization(CBO) Grantees

Small Scope CBO Grant Funding Award
Bourne Family Services $400,000
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County $200,000
Community Legal Aid SoCal $400,000
EmpowHer Institute $400,000
Fairfield Police Activity League $378,775
GAP (Gang Awareness and Prevention) $400,000
Inspire Together $400,000
Kids In The Spotlight $400,000
Million Little $385,000
MLIFE Foundation $300,000
Reaching Back "To Our Youth" $400,000
Rise Up Industries $400,000
The Gathering for Justice $400,000
United States Tennis Association - Southern CA $400,000
Bourne Family Services $400,000
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County $200,000

 

CBO Grantees

CBO Grant Funding Award
Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc. $1,504,194
Alliance for Community Empowerment $2,123,057
Anti-Recidivism Coalition $2,690,787
Athletes for Life $1,200,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire $627,608
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County $707,180
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area $995,461
Bounce Back Generation $670,300
Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica $5,996,335
CASA of Los Angeles $875,827
Centinela Youth Services, Inc $2,139,838
Centro CHA Inc. $500,000
City Serve Network $823,664
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County $2,524,469
D&Js Counseling and Support Services $500,709
EntreNous Youth Empowerment Service, Inc. $1,679,262
Epidaurus DBA Amity Foundation $5,996,318
Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc. $1,776,323
Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission $1,094,238
Garden Pathways $2,050,667
Girls Club of Los Angeles $1,999,916
God's Pantry $2,605,100
Healing Urban Barrios $540,556
Homeboy Industries $3,092,474
John Muir Health $1,743,750
Juma Ventures $4,483,084
Leaven Kids $1,407,683
Legacy Alliance Outreach $811,800
Loma Linda University Health $5,139,420
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Black United Fund, Inc $1,500,000
Minority Aids Project $450,702
New Directions for Youth, Inc. $2,250,000
Options Recovery Services $881,542
Partnership for Growth Los Angeles $758,100
Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services $6,000,000
Positive Results Center $500,000
Prevailing Family Center $485,772
Reach Out $5,871,226
Rising Stars Business Academy, Inc. $1,354,002
Safe Passages (Advance Peace) $4,834,335
Southern California Crossroads $1,292,000
Stay Focused Incorporated $1,200,000
The B.U.I.L.D. Program $750,000
The Regents of UC Davis $968,664
The Regents of UC San Diego $805,291
We are One United Inc. $2,155,632
Whole System Learning $1,836,350
Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy $1,200,000
Youth ALIVE! $3,677,108

 

CalVIP Cohort 4 Executive Steering Committee

The BSCC convened a subject matter committee for the CalVIP Grant Program. This Executive Steering Committee (ESC) meets to discuss RFP development, read and score proposals, and provide funding recommendations to the Board.

CalVIP Cohort 4 ESC Roster

# Name Title Agency/Organization
1 Chief Andy Mills, Chair Chief of Police
BSCC Board Member
City of Palm Springs Police Dept
2 Stephen Lindley Teacher Lee V. Pollard High School, San Diego
3 Tina Curiel-Allen Cal Crew Program Manager Five Keys, Central Valley
4 Natasha Mejia Policy Analyst National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, Oakland
5 Tina Rodriguez Statewide Manager Californians for Safety and Justice
6 Mike McLively Senior Staff Attorney Gifford Law Center to Precent Gun Violence, San Francisco
7 Gaynorann Siataga Community Advocate All Islanders Gather as One, San Francisco
8 Saun Hough CA Partnership Manager Californians for Safety & Justice, Los Angeles
9 Mark Slaughter Supervising Attorney Sacramento County Public Defender
10 Jackie Reed CEO Women Initiating Success Envisioned, San Diego
11 Jessie Leavitt Policy Analyst
Senior Corporate Counsel
State Bar of California
NetScout Systems, Inc.
12 Tim Kornegay Director LiveFree California, Los Angeles
13 Mary Roberts Retried Chief Counsel Administrative Office of the Courts, Oakland
14 Mona Cadena Advocacy Director Equal Justice USA, San Francisco
15 Amir Chapel Policy Analyst National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, Marina
16 Keith Baker Research Analyst/Co-Leader Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Cohort 3 CalVIP Grantee Orientation

 

CalVIP Evaluator Convening

Session 1

Session 2

 

CalVIP Evaluator Orientation

 

CalVIP Quarterly Progress Report (QPR) Training

 

CalVIP Cohort 3 Request for Proposals (RFP)

In February 2020 the BSCC released the CalVIP Cohort 3 RFPopens PDF file to California cities disproportionately impacted by violence (as defined by AB 1603opens PDF file ) and the community-based organizations that serve them.

Cohort 3 Grantees

Cities > 40,000 Cities ≤ 40,000 Community-Based Organizations
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!

 

CalVIP Cohort 3 Executive Steering Committee (ESC)

CalVIP Cohort 3 ESCThe ESC 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. Cohort 3 ESC Rosteropens PDF file


Evidence-Based Violence Reduction Strategies - Thomas Abt

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.

Thomas Abt Presentation to the CalVIP ESC

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

 

November 2020 CalVIP Legislative Report - Summary of Programs, Expenditures and Outcomesopens PDF file   CalVIP Cohort 1 Request for Proposalsopens PDF file   CalVIP Cohort 1 Project Summariesopens PDF file   Cohort 1 Grantees
Cities Community-Based Organizations
Compton Another Choice, Another Chance, Sacramento
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles
Oakland Catholic Charities of the East Ba, 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)
  Cohort 1 Final Local Evaluation Reports  

For information about the CalVIP Grant Program, please contact Katrina Jackson, Field Representative, at katrina.jackson@bscc.ca.govcreate new email

Cohort 1, Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 (Los Angeles, Oxnard, Parlier, Salinas & South Bay): Stephanie Birmingham, Program & Fiscal Analyst at stephanie.birmingham@bscc.ca.govcreate new email

Cohort 3: Angela Ardisana, Program & Fiscal Analyst at angela.ardisana@bscc.ca.govcreate new email

Cohort 4

Bidders' Conference

The BSCC held a Bidders' Conference in December 2021 to provide clarity on the RFP instructions answer technical questions from prospective applicants about the RFP process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers

 

Cohort 3

Bidders’ Conference

The BSCC held a Bidders’ Conference March 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.

FAQs and Answers

Cohort 3 Letters of Intentopens EXCEL file

 

Cohort 1 (FY 17-18)

The FY 17-18 CalVIP RFPopens PDF file 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