CSAC Bulletin Article

BSCC Public Defense Pilot Program Grant

October 7, 2021

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is administering a new grant program that is open to California counties. The Budget Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 129) established the Public Defense Pilot Program and allocated $49,500,000 for indigent defense services in FY 2021-22. Subject to future appropriations, a total of $148,500,000 is available through FY 2023-24. This grant program is available noncompetitively to counties.

The Request For Applications provides the necessary information to submit an application to the Board of State and Community Corrections for the Public Defense Pilot Program.

  • Application Instructions Packet - Word
  • Public Defense Pilot Program RFA - Word

Applications are due January 14, 2022, and questions may be directed to publicdefensegrant@bscc.ca.gov. Additional information about the Public Defense Pilot Program is available at https://www.bscc.ca.gov/public-defense-pilot-program/.

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