Innovative Programming Grants
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 additional IPG program videos, visit our Outside Resources page.