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.

Request for Proposals

In June 2022 the BSCC re-released the CalVIP Cohort 4 RFP to California cities disproportionately impacted by violence and the community-based organizations that serve them.

 

CalVIP Cohort 4 Grantees (10/1/22-12/31/25)

City Grantees

City Grant Funding Award
City of Delano $1,193,490
City of Merced $977,647
City of Moreno Valley $1,500,000
City of San Deigo $3,651,862
City of Stockton $2,019,656

 

Small Scope Community-based Organization (CBO) Grantees

Small Scope CBO Location of Services Grant Funding Award
Be Finally Free Bakersfield $186,952
Community United for Restorative Youth Justice Oakland $400,000
Flintridge Center Pasadena $344,928
General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists San Bernardino $400,000
Hope Now for Youth Fresno $38,147
Immanuel Sobriety Inc dba Immanuel House Perris $320,814
National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives Oakland, Stockton, Compton $400,000
Rainbow Labs Mentoring Los Angeles $74,320
The Peace and Justice Law Center Anaheim, Santa Ana $400,000

 

Community-based Organization Grantees

CBO Location of Services Grant Funding Award
Advocates for Peace and Unity Los Angeles $1,284,833
Brothers Against Banging Youth (BABY) Los Angeles, Compton $2,079,033
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) Oakland $5,244,748
Community Build, Inc. Los Angeles $2,912,298
Improve Your Tomorrow Sacramento, Stockton $6,000,000
Just Us 4 Youth Pomona $2,075,666
Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (LARA) Los Angeles $884,500
ReImagine Mack Road Foundation Sacramento $1,395,999
Sanctuary of Hope Carson, Compton, Gardena, Inglewood, Los Angeles, Lancaster $956,969
Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Sacramento $6,000,000
Soledad Enrichment Action Los Angeles $6,000,000
The Dream Center Los Angeles $1,835,240
The Regents of the University of California San Francisco San Francisco $3,770,466
Urban Peace Institute Los Angeles $189,870
Wendale Davis Foundation Bakersfield $903,391

 

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 (7/1/22 - 12/31/25)

City Grantees

City Grant Funding Award
City of Antioch $1,794,116
City of Bakersfield $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 Location of Services Grant Funding Award
Bourne Family Services Pasadena $400,000
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County San Jose $200,000
Community Legal Aid SoCal Anaheim, Compton, Norwalk, Santa Ana $400,000
EmpowHer Institute Los Angeles $400,000
Fairfield Police Activity League Fairfield $378,775
GAP (Gang Awareness and Prevention) Sacramento $400,000
Inspire Together San Bernardino $400,000
Kids In The Spotlight Los Angeles, Pasadena, Compton, Long Beach, Inglewood, Carson, Norwalk, Pomona, Lancaster, Palmdale $400,000
Million Little Los Angeles $385,000
MLIFE Foundation San Francisco $300,000
Reaching Back "To Our Youth" Sacramento $400,000
Rise Up Industries San Diego $400,000
Southern California Tennis Association Los Angeles $400,000
The Gathering for Justice Oxnard, Stockton $400,000

 

CBO Grantees

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

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

CalVIP RFP Bidders' Conferences

During an RFP process, the BSCC holds Bidders’ Conferences to provide clarity on RFP instructions and to answer technical questions from prospective applicants about the RFP process.

June 2022: Cohort 4 Re-Release RFP

December 2021: Cohort 4

March 2020: Cohort 3

 

CalVIP Cohort 1 (FY 17-18) Guidelines

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