Innovative Programming Grants

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will be requesting applications for Innovative Programming Grants (Round Five). CDCR has been administering grant programs for over four years in four rounds:

  • Round One: In 2013-2014, the State Budget awarded CDCR $2.5 million in funds for Innovative Programming Grants.
  • Round Two: In 2015-2016, the State Budget awarded an additional $3 million for grant funds.
  • Round Three: In 2016-2017, the state budget allowed for a total funding of $9 million to be used over a 3 year period ($3 million per year). In addition to, $5.5 million was provided specifically for grants for the long-term offender population. An additional $5.5 million was provided to extend the long-term offender grants for 2017-2018.
  • Round Four: In 2017-2018, the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) redirected funds from existing rehabilitative funding to provide a total of $3 million over a 3 year period ($1 million per year) to establish grants specifically for Reception Centers.
The four rounds provided a total of $28.5 million in grant funding and have resulted in the establishment of 200 additional rehabilitative programs for offenders throughout CDCR’s adult institutions.

Round Five is here! The 2018-2019 State Budget has approved an ongoing funding of $4 million per year for additional Innovative Programming Grants. The Innovative Programming Grants will be awarded in three year periods for a total of $12 million per round. Eligibility for these grants are specifically intended for nonprofit organizations currently providing programs in an adult correctional institution setting and have demonstrated success and focus on offender responsibility and restorative justice principles.

Round Five compared to the previous four rounds:

  • Grant funding will be on-going (it will remain in future budgets unless removed).
  • Eligibility is specifically for nonprofit organizations (or organizations who do not have their own nonprofit status but, for purposes of the grant, operate under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor with nonprofit status.)
  • Eligibility is open to nonprofits that currently provide programs in an adult correctional institution setting. (Prior eligibility required applicants to be currently providing programs in CDCR adult institutions.)
Request for Applications (RFA) was released on September 28, 2018. It is anticipated that the Innovative Programming Grants will be awarded early February 2019 and implementation of the grants will begin on May 1, 2019.


To complete the RFA, please fill out the following three documents below:


  • September 28, 2018 - Release Request for Applications
  • October 18, 2018 - Applicants Conference Call
  • October 26, 2018 - Notice of Intent to Apply Due
  • November 29, 2018 - Grant Application Due
  • November 30 – December 7, 2018 - Technical Application Review
  • December 10 – January 18, 2019 - Merit Application Review
  • January 22 – 25, 2019 - DRP Director Review/Approval
  • January 28 – February 1, 2019 - Secretary Review/Approval
  • February 4 – 8, 2019 - Notification of Intent to Award Grants
  • February 11 – April 30, 2019 - Grant Agreement Processing
  • May 1, 2019 - Begin Grant Period – Year 1
  • May 1 – 31, 2019 - Grantee Meetings at Institutions
  • June 3 – 28, 2019 - Ramp Up and New Volunteer Orientation
  • May 1 – June 28, 2019 - New Programs Begin
  • April 30, 2020 - End Grant Period – Year 1
  • May 1, 2020 - Begin Grant Period – Year 2
  • April 30, 2021 - End Grant Period – Year 2
  • May 1, 2021 - Begin Grant Period – Year 3
  • April 30, 2022 - End Grant Period – Year 3

Click [ HERE ] for a printable PDF on IPG's Key Event Dates.


Time: 10am - 12pm
Call in Number: 1-888-808-6929
Participant Access Code: 3248011

Participation in this call is not mandatory.

Click [ HERE ] for a printable PDF of the IPG Applicants Conference Call flyer.


Click [ HERE ] to view a map of locations for which applications will be accepted.

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Awards are anticipated to be made in early February 2019. Please check back.


Frequently Asked Questions will be coming soon.


For more information, please email the Innovative Programming Grants mailbox at

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

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