Public Safety and Victim Services
--> Grant Applications and Proposals (RFAs/RFPs)
Request for Proposal (RFP) Funding Information
As a grant funding entity, Cal EMA Division of Public Safety and Victim Services has the authority, either by legislative enactment, and/or budget language, to provide available funds to state and local agencies, and various non profit organizations to address a particular criminal justice or victim service issue. One process to make these awards is a Request for Proposals (RFPs). This is a competitive process that begins with the development of a program with a set of guidelines that clearly state the need for the program; the funds available; the objectives and performance outcomes anticipated; and a timeline that lends itself to the fulfillment of the stated objectives. Since the number of eligible recipients may exceed the available funds, applicants must submit a proposal that is reviewed for program compliance and the ability to meet and achieve the stated objectives. Each proposal is given a numeric score. Funds are then awarded to the most qualified applicants with the highest scores.
Request for Application (RFA) Funding Information
A Request for Applications (RFA) is a process used to award grant funds to eligible recipients without the need for a competitive application. This process is the same as the RFP definition stated above, however all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for funding will receive an award. An example of this process is for such operations as the Rape Crisis Centers located in every county of the state. Each year, as funds become available, whether state, federal or both, these applicants can apply for grant funds without the need for a competitive process.
This process may also be applied to a single agency or a set of eligible agencies that have the expertise not found elsewhere and qualify for a particular grant program, such as forensic laboratories.
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) RFP/RFA Funding Information
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) received a total $135,641,945 under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program which is the leading source of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.