Innovative Programming Grants

Program Information

Innovative Programming Grants (IPG) offer funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide programs that have demonstrated success and focus on offender responsibility and restorative justice principles. The goal of IPG is to improve access to programming and increase the percentage of offenders served in California’s adult prisons.

The grants have funded the establishment of rehabilitative programs since 2014. IPG Programs cover a wide spectrum, from creative writing, gardening, and recording books for offenders’ 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.


Location(s) for IPG programs are available at all CDCR institutions and three Modified Community Correctional Facilities (MCCF).


Grant eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations currently offering victim impact programs in an adult correctional institution setting.

Request for Applications (RFA)

California Reentry and Enrichment (CARE) grant program is now in the development process.

For questions about the CARE grant program RFA, please email the CDCR DRP Innovative Programming Grants inbox:

Innovative Programming Video

Summary of Key Events
For a 26 Month Total Grant Period:

July 15, 2019: Release Request for Applications

July 30, 2019: Applicants Conference Call

August 15, 2019: Notice of Intent to Apply Due

September 19, 2019: Grant Application Due

September 20 – 27, 2019: Technical Application Review

September 30 – October 18, 2019: Merit Application Review

October 21 – 25, 2019: DRP Director Review/Approval

October 28 – November 1, 2019: Secretary Review/Approval

November 4 – 8, 2019: Notification of Intent to Award

November 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020: Grant Agreement Processing

March 1, 2020: Begin Grant Period – Term One

March 2 – 31, 2020: Grantee Meetings at Institutions

March 2 – 31, 2020: Ramp Up and New Volunteer Orientation

March 1 – April 31, 2020: New Programs Begin

March 31, 2021: End Grant Period – Term One

April 1, 2021: Begin Grant Period – Term Two

April 30, 2022: End Grant Period – Term Two

For any questions please email the grant mailbox via email:

Contact Information

For additional IPG program videos, visit our Outside Resources page.