Friday, February 5, 2016 The CSAC Bulletin
Administration of Justice
For more information, contact Darby Kernan at 916-327-7500, ext. 537, Stanicia Boatner at 916-327-7500, ext. 503 or Amalia Mejia at 916-327-7500, ext. 514.

Board of State and Community Corrections Grants Available to Strengthen Law Enforcement-Community Relationships

The Board of State and Community Corrections is soliciting proposals for a $6 million grant designed to help law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve improve relationships. The Board voted February 4, 2016 to release a Request for Proposals describing the grant requirements that local law enforcement agencies, in partnership with community organizations, must meet to qualify for funding. The Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations RFP is available beginning today, February 5, on the BSCC website.

The Governor has proposed $6 million in ongoing funding in the Budget Act of 2016 for competitive grants to assist law enforcement in building trust and enhancing community-police relationships, which, if approved, would allow the BSCC to finance qualifying proposals.

The RFP requires that 30 percent of successful grant funding must be passed through to the community groups and organizations with which the law enforcement agency is partnering. The maximum grant for a single law enforcement agency will be $600,000. Joint agency applications are eligible for up to $850,000. A 20 percent match is required. The grants are payable over two years.

Law enforcement agencies must notify the BSCC of their intent to apply by March 28, 2016. Proposals are due on April 1, 2016. The BSCC will hold two bidders’ conferences, tentatively scheduled for February 22 in Sacramento at the BSCC’s headquarters and February 23 in Los Angeles County, at a place to be determined.

For more information about the RFP contact Ricardo Goodridge at 916-341-5160 or Collen Curtin at 916-445-4803 or

Federal Funding for Victims Assistance – Request for Proposals

Last year, President Obama approved the "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015." This bill raised the Crime Victim Fund cap from $745 million to $2.361 billion, allowing awards to states through the VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program to quadruple for 2015. California’s funding increased from a little over $50 million to $232.7 million. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) has worked over the last year to develop grant programs to address the gaps in victims services. This includes a $40 million allocation to counties based on population and violent crime statistics. The letter describing the various increases can be found here. The OES , Cal OES is supporting some programs for a one-time, 24-month grant period only.

The various RFPs for one-time funding that counties and other providers can apply for to give direct services to victims can be found at the Cal OES website.

Board of State and Community Corrections State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Meets February 10

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is holding its State Advisory Committee meeting on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention February 10, 2016 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. Attached is a copy of the agenda.

Key areas of interest:

  • An Update on Strengthening Community & Law Enforcement Relations Grant
  • An Update on Proposition 47
  • Update on Counties Participating in the Community Recidivism Reduction Grants

Please contact Juanita Flores, SACJJDP Assistant, at (916) 324-2626 for additional information about this notice, to submit written material regarding an agenda item or to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities. This agenda and additional information about the Board of State and Community Corrections may be found at

CSAC’s Finding Funding: Public Safety Programs Webinar - February 24

Counties across California are facing a wide range of public safety and justice challenges, ranging from providing services to the mentally ill and homeless populations, prison and jail reentry services, police community relations, and providing comprehensive services to victims of crime.

The state budget in the past and as currently proposed provides many opportunities for counties to fund programs and services that address all of the public safety challenges they are facing.

Please join CSAC as we present a webinar, February 24, from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm, that will provide information about grant programs by the Board of Community Corrections (BSCC) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) that can help fund these programs.

For additional information and to register for the webinar please click here.