Innovative Programming Grants
Innovative Programming Grants (IPG) offer funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide programs that have demonstrated success and focus on incarcerated individuals’ responsibility and restorative justice principles. The goal of IPG is to improve access to programming and increase the percentage of incarcerated individuals served in California’s adult prisons.
California’s Legislature has funded the establishment of rehabilitative programs since 2014. IPG programs cover a wide spectrum, from creative writing, gardening, and recording books for incarcerated individuals’ children to socializing and training assistance dogs, learning to write computer code, improving interpersonal communication within the prison setting, and in-depth trauma-informed programs aimed at replacing violence and crime with introspective and positive life skills.
California Reentry and Enrichment (CARE) Grant Awards
CARE Grant funding is in the amount of $5 million for two terms (September, 2020 – June 2021 and July 2021 – April 2022).
The grants were awarded by a steering committee that was established under Penal Code 5007.3. The grants are to fund programs that provide insight-oriented restorative justice and offender accountability programs that can demonstrate that the approach has produced, or will produce, positive outcomes, including, but not limited to:
- Increasing empathy and mindfulness.
- Increasing resilience and reducing impact of stress and trauma.
- Reducing violence in the form of physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger, and hostility.
- Successfully addressing and treating the symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Victim impacts and understanding
The CARE Grant steering committee has completed the selection and award process and is proud to announce the CARE Grant recipients below.
|Alliance for California Traditional Arts||Healing and Trauma||CAC|
|Alliance for California Traditional Arts||Restorative Justice||CAC|
|Alliance for California Traditional Arts||Healing and Trauma||NKSP|
|Alliance for California Traditional Arts||Restorative Justice||NKSP|
|Anti-Recidivism Coalition||Women’s for Freedom||CCWF|
|Anti-Recidivism Coalition||Hope and Redemption||COR|
|Buddhist Pathways Prison Project||Mindful Prison Project||SAC|
|Buddhist Pathways Prison Project||Mindful Prison Project||SOL|
|California State University, Fresno||Project Rebound Outreach Program||PVSP|
|Center For Council||Prison Council Initiative Program||CCC|
|Center For Council||Prison Council Initiative Program||CMC|
|Center For Council||Prison Council Initiative Program||CVSP|
|Center For Council||Prison Council Initiative Program||PVSP|
|Center For Council||Prison Council Initiative Program||SAC|
|Center For Council||Prison Council Initiative Program||SCC|
|Creative Acts (Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs)||Creative Acts Yard A||KVSP|
|Envisioning Justice Solutions, Inc||Exploring and Healing Trauma||CCWF|
|Envisioning Justice Solutions, Inc||Exploring and Healing Trauma||CIW|
|Envisioning Justice Solutions, Inc||Exploring and Healing Trauma||COR|
|Envisioning Justice Solutions, Inc||Exploring and Healing Trauma||KVSP|
|Freedom to Choose||YOP||LAC|
|Guiding Rage Into Power||GRIP-Training Institute||ASP|
|Guiding Rage Into Power – Training Institute||GRIP||CMF|
|Healing Dialogue and Action (Community Partners)||Victim Awareness||CCWF|
|Healing Dialogue and Action (Community Partners)||Victim Awareness||CIM|
|Healing Dialogue and Action (Community Partners)||Victim Awareness||CIW|
|Healing Dialogue and Action (Community Partners)||Victim Awareness||NKSP|
|Healing Dialogue and Action (Community Partners)||Victim Awareness||ASP|
|Healing Dialogue and Action (Community Partners)||Victim Awareness||WSP|
|Insight Garden Program||Insight Garden Program||CCWF|
|Insight Garden Program||Insight Garden Program||CIW|
|Insight Garden Program||Insight Garden Program||CMF|
|Insight Garden Program||Insight Garden Program||FWF|
|Insight Garden Program||Insight Garden Program||SOL|
|Jail Guitar Doors||Inmate Doors Program||CEN|
|Just Detention International||Trauma Informed Art Workshop||CCWF|
|Just Detention International||Mindfulness Program||CIW|
|Just Detention International||Trauma Informed Art Workshop||CIW|
|Just Detention International||Mindfulness Program||CRC|
|Marin Shakespeare Company||Acting for Veterans Program||FSP|
|Marin Shakespeare Company||Shakespeare In-Prison Program||SCC|
|Marin Shakespeare Company||Acting for Veterans Program||SOL|
|Prison Education Project||Prison Education Project||CEN|
|Prison Education Project||Prison Education Project||CIW|
|Prison of Peace||Prison of Peace||CMC|
|Prison of Peace||Prison of Peace||CRC|
|Prison of Peace||Prison of Peace||NKSP|
|Prison of Peace||Prison of Peace||PVSP|
|Prison Yoga Project||Weekly Immersion||CRC|
|Prison Yoga Project||Weekly Immersion||SAC|
|Prison Yoga Project||Immersion w/Mentoring||SOL|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||CEN|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||CRC|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||CVSP|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||NKSP|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||ISP|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||KVSP|
|Success Stories (The Story Project)||Success Stories||WSP|
|The Actors Gang Prison Project||The Actors Gang Prison Project||CCWF|
|The Actors Gang Prison Project||The Actors Gang Prison Project||KVSP|
|The Ahimsa Collective (Community Works West)||Realize Program||MCSP|
|The Ahimsa Collective (Community Works West)||Realize Program||SATF|
|The Catalyst Foundation||Creating a Healing Society Program||CIW|
|The Catalyst Foundation||Creating a Healing Society Program||CRC|
|The Catalyst Foundation||Creating a Healing Society Program||LAC|
|The Catalyst Foundation||Creating a Healing Society Program||NKSP|
|The Lionheart Foundation||Making Time Count||CCC|
|The Lionheart Foundation||Making Time Count||CMC|
|The Lionheart Foundation||Making Time Count||COR|
|The Old Globe||Reflecting Shakespeare Yard A||CEN|
|The Old Globe||Reflecting Shakespeare Yard B||CEN|
|The Old Globe||Reflecting Shakespeare Yard C||CEN|
|The Old Globe||Reflecting Shakespeare Yard D||CEN|
|Veterans Healing Veterans (Veterans Transitional Center)||Veterans Healing Veterans||FSP|
|Victim of Justice DBA Life Support Alliance||Rehabilitate, Implement, Success, Excel (RISE)||SAC|
Location(s) for IPG programs are available at all 36 CDCR institutions.
Grant eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations currently offering insight-oriented restorative justice, trans-formative, and healing programs in an adult correctional institution setting.
Request for Applications (RFA)
The Request for Applications (RFA) for Victim Impact, Innovative Programming, and California Reentry and Enrichment (CARE) Grant Programs will tentatively become available on the following dates:
- Victim Impact Grants: June 15, 2021
- Innovative Programming Grants: August 2, 2021
- California Reentry and Enrichment (CARE) Grants: October 1, 2021
More information on how to obtain a copy of each RFA will be forthcoming.
California Reentry and Enrichment (CARE) Grant Programs FAQ’s
A: No. The timeline of the Request for Applications will remain as is.
A: CDCR is in a planning state for modified programming and program options. Therefore, at this, time there are no date changes but the programming status is subject to change due to COVID-19 measures.
A: Yes. Please submit (1) application per proposed program and provide separate budget rate sheet(s) and budget narrative(s) for each proposed location, per program.
A: No. Only (1) application is required if the proposed program is designed to serve both male and female populations. However, an organization will receive 25 points if applying at a targeted women’s facility.
A: This decision is under the discretion of the Warden at the proposed institution. Applicants are to provide this information in the proposal narrative section of the Request for Applications. If awarded a CARE grant, the proposed program will be assessed and implemented appropriately.
A: No. If the applicant does not intend to publicize participant data, ROC approvals are not necessary or required.
A: View the Office of Research webpage for more detailed information. The Grant Team will distribute ROC information on an as needed basis.
A: The proposed program must be non-worship and non-denominational in order to be eligible for grant funding.
A: Each proposed location shall not exceed $250K per grant and the organization cannot exceed $500K annual grant authority.
A: No. As indicated in the technical requirements section of the RFA, applicants are not to exceed the 15-page limit. In addition, alternative program options are not required at
A: Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply if the organization holds a 501c (3) status and is currently providing programming in an adult institutional setting.
A: Yes. However, applicants who currently receive funding from other government entities will not be eligible for grant funding if applying for the same institution and same yard location.
A: If AIC funding ends before the application due date, applicants will be eligible to apply for a CARE grant funding.
A: No. If your program does not meet the eligibility criteria listed in the RFA, you are not eligible to apply for CARE grant funding.
A: Grant recipients, who currently receive grant funding, are eligible to apply for additional grant funds to continue a current program at the same institution and the same yard location; as long as, current funding does not overlap with the CARE grant cycle.
A: Yes. Each yard location will be considered as a separate grant award, which will allow an applicant to receive funding up to $250K per grant award, but no more than $500,000 per organization.
A: Yes. The overhead amount may include operating and personal expenses combined.
A: DRP is currently working with an external agency to develop a pre and post assessment tool and will be disseminated to grant recipients once developed.
A: Applicants can receive a total of 25 points per application if applying for a target location/population. Non-target locations/populations will not be awarded points.
A: There is no cap other than an organization is limited to no more than $500,000 in cumulative grants (10% of $5 million annual grant authority).
A: Yes. Applicants are to provide this information in the proposal narrative section of the Request for Applications.
A: Yes. If selected to receive grant funding the Innovative Grant Team will confirm with CDCR staff to see if the proposed program is feasible.
A: No. Applicants have the option to submit an application(s) electronically or by mail. If by mail, only one copy is required.
A: Yes, if the evaluations are utilized for internal program growth, and not published. If evaluations are used to provide data or published content, approval must be obtained from the Office of Research through the Research Oversight Committee.
A: Yes. Requesting research approval will not affect the applicant during the review process. This decision is up to the organization and will not affect eligibility.
A: Yes. Each applicant shall provide at least one, but no more than three references of an administrator at an adult institution correctional setting where the applicant is currently providing a program.
A: Yes. Applicants will need to include training expenses in their proposed budgets and budget narratives. Reference AB 5 (Gonzalez) Chapter 296, Statutes of 2019 for Training requirements here.
A: No. Applicants are only required to provide the total of overhead costs. It is the organizations responsibility to obtain source documentation for overhead costs.
A: If an applicant does not hold a 501c (3) status, they can apply using a fiscal sponsor.
A: This round of grant funding is based on the total amount of months and not by a calendar year cycle.
A: Recipients will receive payment information upon award of the grant.
A: Applicant must include the current name and potential new name of the proposed program in order to be considered for grant funding.
A: To obtain prior award criteria, applicants will need to submit a formal Public Records Request.