California ReEntry and Enrichment (CARE) Grant

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Closed (90 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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The purpose of the CARE grant program is to provide grants to eligible non-profit organizations to fund CARE grant programs at one or more California prisons.

Applicants must develop a specific proposal designed to meet the unique needs and requirements of the specific grant program(s) proposed, as well as meet the needs of the incarcerated individuals in California prisons, where the CARE grant programs will be provided. 


This project will provide $5 million in grants per year for three terms ($15 million total) to eligible non-profit organizations to fund transformative programs in one or more California prisons. The grant period begins on July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2025.

Grants shall be awarded to fund programs that provide insight-oriented, transformative justice programs focused on increasing empathy and accountability among participants that can demonstrate that the approach has produced, or will produce, positive outcomes in correctional environments as stated in California PC § 5007.3.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a CARE Grant(s). Organizations that do not have a non-profit status may operate under the sponsorship of a fiscal agent with non-profit status for purposes of grant eligibility.

Eligible Geographies:

If the applicant is a multi-state organization with headquarters in another state, the applicant must have physical offices in California and currently provide services to California residents.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 1, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
7/1/2022 - 6/30/2025

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$0 – $750,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Innovative Grants Team, 1-279-300-5976,