Proposition 47 Grant Program: Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act Cohort 4



Proposition 47 is a grant program to public agencies aimed at supporting mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on programs that reduce recidivism of people convicted of less serious crimes, such as those covered by this measure, and those who have substance abuse and mental health problems.


The Proposition 47 Grant Program Proposal Package submission is available through an online portal submission process. Applicants must submit proposals through the BSCC Submittable portal by 5:00 P.M. (PDT) on June 10, 2024

Any technical questions concerning the RFP, the proposal process or programmatic issues must be submitted by email to:

A virtual grant information session will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. to provide clarity on RFP instructions and answer technical questions from prospective applicants. See the BSCC website for more information.

•Incorporate community partnerships and collaborations.
•Encourage culturally competent services and approaches that foster the principles of restorative justice.
•Define target populations, especially those populations that are:
-traditionally underserved or inappropriately served through mental health and substance use disorder service providers, or
-overrepresented within the criminal justice system, or
-experiencing or at risk for homelessness
•Expand access to culturally congruent quality mental health and substance use disorder services, including services for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder needs and the use of evidence-based or community defined practices.
•Identify and address known barriers to serving target populations, such as:
-lack of jobs, housing, or employment
•Prioritize client-focused/client-centered holistic programs and approaches, including healing strategies and trauma-informed care.
•Expand and improve on efforts to divert individuals away from criminal justice involvement through increased diversion programs and improved behavioral health services or community supports.
•Include community-based organizations with diverse staffing, including those who are system-impacted individuals, or who have varying educational levels and life experiences.
•Demonstrate capacity building for service providers at every level.
•Be mindful of regional equity and geographic diversity, including smaller and rural counties.
•Collect program data and measure/evaluate outcomes and publish and share information.
•Encourage community engagement, where members of the community participate in the identifying, informing, and shaping of policies, goals, services, and solutions.

Services and programs proposed in response to this RFP must be designed to serve people who have been arrested, charged with, or convicted of a criminal offense and have a history of mental health or substance use disorders.

Eligible applicants are public agencies located in the State of California. 

To be eligible, a Lead Agency must subcontract with one or more non-governmental, community-based organization(s) for a minimum of 50 percent of the total grant award to demonstrate a shared partnership rooted in community engagement and economic equity.

Small scope applicants can apply for up to $2M and large scope candidates can apply for $2-8M.

The grant period is 10/1/24-6/30/28, the last 3 months to be used to finalize and submit the required Local Evaluation Report and program-specific compliance audit.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Eligible applicants are public agencies located in the State of California. Public agencies currently receiving a Cohort 3 Proposition 47 grant (as the Lead Agency) are not eligible to apply for Cohort 4 funding. A public agency from the same city or county as a Cohort 3 grantee may still apply.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Assembly Bill 1056 (2015) calls for the BSCC to prioritize Proposition 47 funding to public agency applicants that demonstrate how they plan to leverage other federal, state, and local funds or other social investments.

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.
September 12, 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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.
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

Funding Source Notes:

Proposition 47 was a voter-approved initiative on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act to ensure that prison spending is focused on violent and serious offenses, to maximize alternatives for nonserious, nonviolent crime, and to invest the savings generated from this act into prevention and support programs in K–12 schools, victim services, and mental health and drug treatment

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).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

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