The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) announced yesterday the award of $9 million in violence prevention grants to California cities and community based organizations.
We congratulate our CCVPN partners in the cities of Salinas, Oxnard, Gilroy and Santa Rosa on being 4 of the 7 cities receiving CalVIP funding! The $9 million awarded through the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (Cal-VIP) is a continuation of a grant the BSCC awarded in the spring of 2018. The Board decided to make the new CalVIP money available to applicants next in line on the ranked list the body approved in April. This is good news to California communities! These funds were in jeopardy during the 2017 budget process but were saved though strong advocacy by violence prevention organizations and cities that had relied on these funds to help reduce violence through community collaborations.
In April 2017, BSCC made grant award to 10 California cities including CCVPN partners in Oakland, Richmond, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and Stockton.
The BSCC press release provides details of the programs funded along with information about two other BSCC grant opportunities coming soon. A $37 million competitive grant aims to divert young people form the justice system, and a $50 million grant is intended to help adults released from prison transition to outside life and into housing.