The California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program was established through the Budget Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 74, Chapter 23, Statutes of 2019) and appropriated $30,000,000 in funding for competitive awards to cities and community-based organizations to support evidence-based violence reduction initiatives.

On October 11, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 735, Statutes of 2019) – also known as the Break the Cycle of Violence Act – which adds Section 14130 to the California Penal Code, codifying the establishment of the CalVIP Grant and the authority and duties of BSCC in administering the program, including selection criteria for grants and reporting requirements to the Legislature.

The Break the Cycle of Violence Act specifies that the purpose of CalVIP is 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.” 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. Further, these initiatives 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.

CalVIP Cohort 3 Request for Proposals
This RFP provides the information necessary to prepare proposals to the Board of State and Community Correction (BSCC) for grant funds available through the CalVIP grant.

CalVIP RFP – Word

NOTE: Applicants, please make sure to submit the Budget Attachment of your application in an Excel format. Do not submit the Budget Attachment in a PDF version. We must be able to view and print the budget and will not be able to do so if it is a PDF version. Attention to this detail will expedite the processing of your application.

Planning to Apply for CalVIP Funds?
Prospective applicants are invited to attend one of two CalVIP Bidders’ Conferences. These meetings are held so that prospective applicants can ask technical questions about the RFP, learn more about the principles of evidence-based practices, and hear about expectations for data collection and evaluation. Anyone can attend these meetings and it is not necessary to RSVP.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
10:00 a.m.
The California Endowment
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Friday, March 6, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Board of State & Community Corrections
2590 Venture Oaks Way
Sacramento, CA 95833
*this meeting will be livestreamed at

Presentation by Thomas Abt to the CalVIP ESC

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. Click on the image to watch Thomas Abt’s presentation to the CalVIP ESC.

Thomas Abt's Presentation for the CalVIP ESC


Questions about the Cohort 3 CalVIP grants or suggestions for Executive Steering Committee consideration should be submitted to:

  Executive Steering Committee
California Violence Intervention Prevention (CalVIP) meeting photo

The CalVIP Executive Steering Committee includes a cross-section of subject matter experts with professional experience related to community-based violence intervention initiatives, program evaluation, policy development and advocacy, including individuals who were directly impacted by the criminal justice system. This ESC will develop the CalVIP Request for Proposals and make funding recommendations to the Board.

FY 2019-20 CalVIP ESC Roster




12/12/19: Summary of Recent Legislative Changes and ESC Recommendations that Impact the Cohort 3 RFP - PDF






Cohort 2 Grantees (FY 18-19: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020)
Cities Community-Based Organizations
Duarte California Conference for Equality and Justice (Long Beach)
Gilroy Garden Pathways (Bakersfield)
Lompoc Options Recovery Services (Berkeley)
Los Angeles Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (Los Angeles)
Oxnard The Reverence Project (Los Angeles)
Parlier South Bay Community Services (Chula Vista)
Santa Rosa

Click here for a link of Project Summaries.

Cohort 1 Grantees (FY 17-18: May 1, 2018 to April 30, 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.

Click here to open an alphabetized list of all Cohort 1 & 2 CalVIP grantees, with corresponding project summaries and contact persons.

For information about the CalVIP Grant Program, please contact Colleen Curtin, Field Representative, at

Cohort 1: Angela Ardisana, Program & Fiscal Analyst at

Cohort 2: Amanda Abucay, Program & Fiscal Analyst at

FY 17-18 CalVIP Request for Proposals (RFP)

The FY 17-18 CalVIP RFP 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