Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems Act, or the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act

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Support CBOs’ involvement in addressing emergencies through funding of innovative approaches for CBOs to engage in emergency response and build increased capacity in that space. Seeks to identify and elevate promising practices in the area of community-based crisis response in order to develop policy recommendations and guidance to the Legislature and Governor for scaling and implementation of a permanent community-based crisis response program.


Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 18999.90-18999.95 authorize the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to administer the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (C.R.I.S.E.S.) Grant Pilot Program. The CDSS will administer $10 million for grant-making to community-based organizations (CBOs) for emergency response pilots to lessen the reliance on law enforcement agencies as first responders to crisis situations unrelated to a fire department or emergency medical service response. Community-based alternatives may include, but are not limited to, providing mobile crisis response teams or community para-medicine programs to respond to emergencies involving mental health, intimate partner violence, community violence, substance abuse, natural disasters, or other crises. Community-based alternatives shall not include law enforcement officers or agencies as first responders or co-responders.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible entities (cities, counties, or tribes, or departments of a city, county, or tribe) are those who propose to partner with CBOs to implement emergency response pilots. Pursuant to the RFA process, CDSS shall select entities that meet the necessary qualifications and propose partnerships with CBOs with documented ability to provide all the required services set forth in this RFA. Funds will be awarded at the sole discretion of the CDSS.

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.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
10/1/2023- 4/30/2026

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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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.
$250,000 – $3,500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.

Available Funding Notes:

Grantees may be awarded a minimum $250,000 per year ($500,000 total) and a maximum of $3.5 million total.

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Once the agreement is fully executed, an initial payment will be issued directly to the primary grantees. Subsequent funding will be released quarterly. Grantees will be responsible for submitting invoices and ensuring all expenses are allowable under the Agreement.

How to Apply

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


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