Criminal Justice
State or Federal?
The Youth Reinvestment Grant program is aimed at diverting low-level offenders from initial contact with the juvenile justice system using approaches that are evidence-based, culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate. Grant funds will be used to target underserved communities with high rates of juvenile arrests and high rates of racial/ethnic disproportionality within those juvenile arrests. Applicants are local governments and will be required to pass through ten percent of awarded funds to a designated “lead public agency” responsible for coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, and nonprofit organizations to implement the local grant program. Applicant local governments will be required to pass through the remaining 90 percent of awarded funds to community-based organizations (referred to in this document as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)). NGOs that receive these funds must deliver services in underserved communities with high rates of juvenile arrests. The services include diversion programs and alternatives to arrest, incarceration, and formal involvement with the juvenile justice system, educational services, including academic and vocational services, mentoring services, behavioral health services and mental health services. Highest need is identified as jurisdictions with high rates of juvenile arrests for misdemeanors and status offenses and jurisdictions with racial or ethnic disparities on the basis of disproportionately high rates of juvenile arrests.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes
California Counties
California Cities
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Mar 29, 2019
Due Date Notes
Letters of Intent Due*: February 21, 2019
Applications Due: 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019
*Applicants interested in applying for the YRG Grant Program are asked, but not required, to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jan 18, 2019
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Match Required?
Match Notes
The Youth Reinvestment Grant Program requires that local jurisdiction applicants provide a 25 percent match. An applicant may provide less than a 25 percent match but no less than a ten percent match if the applicant is identified by the Board as high need with low or no local infrastructure for diversion programming. At both the 25 percent and the 10 percent level, the match amount may be met through cash or in-kind contributions.
Board of State and Community Corrections
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Applicants may either implement new activities or programs OR expand existing activities or programs. There is no restriction on the types of diversion approaches that may be used and it is acceptable to include approaches that target one or more points of entry to the juvenile justice system. Applicants should engage community-based organizations early in the process to assess what needs can best be met with the service providers available in the target area.
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