For nearly a decade, California has appropriated $9.215 million every year to fund CalGRIP, a grant program to cities that provide a dollar-for-dollar match to implement evidence-based programs to reduce youth and group-related crime and violence. The state sets aside one million dollars annually for the City of Los Angeles, with the remainder distributed to other cities of all sizes through a competitive application process administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). The state also requires that grantees distribute at least 20% of CalGRIP funds toward community-based organizations. According to BSCC records, in recent years cities have chosen to direct a majority of CalGRIP funding to community-based organizations. CalGRIP is currently administered on a three-year grant cycle that will end at the close of this year.
Through local funding matches, CalGRIP will have leveraged 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 implemented programs that provide focused outreach, counseling, and other services to youth identified as at-risk, and by developing coordinated agency responses to group-related retaliatory violence. Many of these strategies have been directly supported by CalGRIP funding. For example:
- CalGRIP has provided Los Angeles $3 million over the past 3 years to help fund its Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program. Los Angeles has seen a 38% reduction in homicides and 46% reduction in aggravated assaults since launching GRYD in 2007.
- Over the past three years, CalGRIP has provided the City of Richmond $1.5 million to help fund the Office of Neighborhood Safety—a city agency dedicated exclusively to the prevention of violence. Richmond has seen a 53% drop in gun homicides and a 45% drop in non-fatal shootings since ONS launched the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship program in 2010.
CalGRIP has also funded after-school youth programming, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, tattoo removal programs, violent conflict mediations, case management programs, and other services that have historically been scarce in communities hit hardest by violence. 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. Unfortunately, these programs’ progress and future are in jeopardy because the Governor’s Proposed Budget seeks to entirely eliminate funding for CalGRIP.