Partnering to save and strengthen CalGRIP violence prevention funding

March 2, 2017

By Dominique Nong

CDF-CA is building a new coalition to save and strengthen the CalGRIP program to fund local programs to reduce youth violence. The Governor has proposed to eliminate $9.2 million in CalGRIP funding in the 2017-18 budget.

CDF-CA’s Youth Justice team is working to build a new coalition of advocacy organizations to ensure that one of the only sources of state-level funding for locally driven violence prevention strategies remains in California's budget for the coming year. The Governor's Proposed 2017-18 Budget would eliminate roughly $9.2 million per year of CalGRIP (CA Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention) funding for cities to implement evidence-based programs to reduce youth and group-related crime and violence. Though CalGRIP’s annual appropriation is considerably smaller than most of the state’s other public safety grant programs, CalGRIP leveraged through local funding matches over $55 million dollars in investments in 19 cities across the state from 2015-2017, providing important support for these cities’ innovative initiatives to provide expanded opportunities and safer streets to their most vulnerable residents.

In recent years, CalGRIP grantee cities across California have achieved lifesaving, cost-effective reductions in violent crime. Tens of thousands of Californians have received direct services funded by CalGRIP, including at least 6,700 who participated in educational or employment-related programs from January 2015 to September 2016. The Governor’s proposal to eliminate CalGRIP funding could have dire consequences, particularly in under-resourced urban communities that need stronger and more targeted investment from the state, not less. Together with our partners, we are working to champion and implement evidence-based, community-driven strategies to interrupt cycles of violence and recidivism in California’s most impacted and historically underserved communities.