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 inmate responsibility and restorative justice principles. The goal of IPG is to improve access to programming and increase the percentage of inmates served in California’s adult prisons.

The grants have funded the establishment of 299 programs since 2014. Programs cover a wide spectrum, from creative writing, gardening, and recording books for inmates’ 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.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is pleased to announce that the Request for Applications for Round Six Innovative Programming Grants for victim impact programs is now released. The 2019-20 state budget includes $1 million per year in ongoing funding. IPG will be awarded for two 13-month terms for a total of $2 million for this round of grants.


Location(s) for grant applications and the locations of IPG’s programs for victim impact are available at all CDCR institutions and three Modified Community Correctional Facilities (MCCF).

Click here to see a map of IPG application locations.


Grant Eligibility:

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

Inmate Eligibility/Enrollment:

Inmate participation criteria and enrollment varies by institution and individual grant program.

Request for Applications (RFA):

Round Six Innovative Programming Grants for victim impact programs is now released. To complete the RFA, please click here to email the IPG team to request a copy of the RFA Packet.

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

July 15, 2019: Release Request for Applications

August 1, 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


Event Details

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Conference Line Information

Conference Call-in Number: 1-888-808- 6929

Participant Code: 3248011#

Participation in this call in not mandatory. For any questions please email the grant mailbox via email:

IPG Contact Information:

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

For additional IPG program videos, click here to go to the Outside Resources page.