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 held a virtual Grantee Orientation on April 7, 2021. This one-day gathering was an opportunity for CESF grantees and the BSCC to review administrative and programmatic responsibilities, invoicing, and other grant related activities. Below are resources (documents and videos) from the Grantee Orientation:


Request for Applications (RFA)

In November 2020, the BSCC released the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program Request for Applications (RFA). The CESF RFA made $41,763,011 available to county governments to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The RFA instructions and application package are found below:

CESF Proposal Instructions Packetopens WORD file

CESF Application Packageopens WORD file

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


Summary of Key Dates

Activity Date
Release Request for Applications November 20, 2020
Virtual Bidders’ Conference December 16, 2020
Applications Due to the BSCC March 12, 2021
Application Review February-March, 2021
New Grants Begin March 31, 2021
Mandatory Grantee Orientation April 7, 2021

For general information about the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, please email us at new email.

CESF grantees are encouraged to contact:

Field Representative, John Prince at

Program Analyst, Johnny Sanchez at