BSCC Set to Release RFP to Address Gun Violence

SACRAMENTO (February 15, 2024) – The Board of State and Community Corrections approved the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP). The funding comes to BSCC through the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Eligible applicants are California cities and counties.

With Byrne SCIP funding, BSCC will adopt a multipronged approach to decreasing gun violence in California, supporting local jurisdictions in their efforts to improve firearm relinquishment procedures and supporting the enhancement of collaborative court programs that address behavioral health issues, with a focus on people who are at higher risk for gun violence. BSCC will implement this plan by way of two sets of subawards: 1) to units of local government through the BSCC Byrne SCIP RFP; and 2) to the Judicial Council of California to administer court-related aspects of the Byrne SCIP grant.

The BSCC Byrne SCIP RFP makes $10,694,933 available to California cities and counties via a competitive process. Applicants may request up to $500,000 for small-scope projects and up to $1,000,000 for large-scope projects that address a minimum of one of the following program purpose areas (PPA):

  • PPA 1: Communication, education, outreach, and public awareness (related to Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws and programs).
  • PPA 2: Behavioral health deflection for those at risk to themselves or others.
  • PPA 3: Funding for law enforcement agencies to safely secure, store, track, and return relinquished guns (including guns relinquished through a variety of protective orders, which includes Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO), Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVRO), Elder or Dependent Abuse Restraining Orders, and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders).

Successful applications will demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues, well-structured plans, and a commitment to the BSCC's mission of improving public safety and promoting community well-being.

The Byrne SCIP RFP and application instructions can be found on the Byrne SCIP page of the BSCC website beginning February 16, 2024. Proposals are due to the BSCC by April 5, 2024. For more information, please contact Ian Silva, Field Representative at

The Board of State and Community Corrections is dedicated to working collaboratively with partners throughout the state to address pressing public safety issues and create safer, healthier communities for all Californians.

The BSCC is a state agency responsible for providing leadership and support to local criminal justice systems in California. Through grant programs, training, and technical assistance, the BSCC strives to enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, and improve the well-being of Californians.