CSAC Bulletin Article

Board of State and Community Corrections Grants Awards

June 13, 2019

The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved grant awards for three programs. The first is the second round of Proposition 47 funding approved by the Board, to which voters allocated the bulk of the state savings for rehabilitative grants targeting Prop 47-impacted individuals. Approximately $96 million will go to 23 applicants whose rehabilitative programs were deemed most promising.

In this second round of grant awards, 43 applicants had asked for roughly $193 million in funding. Agencies could apply for large awards of up to $6 million, or up to $1 million for smaller projects. The County of Los Angeles could apply for up to $18.6 million. The new grant cycle begins August 15, 2019 and ends May 15, 2023.

Also, the Board of State and Community Corrections approved two grants worth millions of dollars for programs designed to prevent young people from entering the justice system or from furthering their involvement in it.

Just over $1 million was awarded to Native American tribes, and $29.1 million was awarded to counties and cities. Preference points for the larger grant were given to local governments that also plan to serve Native American youth.

The Youth Reinvestment Grant Program was established in the 2018 State Budget Act for evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally relevant diversion programs, especially those serving communities with high rates of arrests that are racially disproportionate.

Counties and cities could request up to $1 million over the three-year grant cycle; tribes could apply for $1.1 million to spend over three and a half years. For the larger grant, winning proposals had to meet a minimum scoring threshold to receive funding.

BSCC received 44 proposals requesting $41.5 million, but not all met the minimum scoring threshold. The Board awarded $29 million to 30 proposals, and will await legislative guidance for the remaining $5.9 million.

For additional information regarding the Board’s actions taken today, please visit: http://www.bscc.ca.gov/.

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