Grants to California community-based nonprofit organizations and local health departments for programs to benefit populations that have been negatively affected by policies related to the War on Drugs campaign. Applicants must submit a Phase 1 application prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for services such as job placement, assessments, planning, and training.
GO-Biz will award grants to Local Health Departments and at least 50 percent to qualified Community-based Nonprofit Organizations to support job placement, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, system navigation services, legal services to address barriers to reentry, and linkages to medical care for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs (WoD).
Priority Population: Individuals from populations and communities in California that were disproportionately impacted by the WoD represent the CalCRG program priority population. “The War on Drugs” refers to the effort in the United States since the 1970s to combat illegal drug use by greatly increasing penalties, enforcement, and incarceration for drug offenders. Decades of federal and state policies drastically increased funding for drug control and enforcement agencies while imposing harsh penalties for even low-level, nonviolent drug offenses. The WoD has disproportionately impacted communities of color, particularly low-income African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic populations.
Fiscal Year 2023-24 CalCRG program priorities include proposals from organizations led by individuals directly impacted by the WoD, organizations that serve formerly incarcerated individuals, and organizations placing individuals in jobs. Preference Points will be allocated to proposals that match current CalCRG program priorities.
• Local Health Departments (LHDs) – Defined as any of the 61 California-identified local government health departments with a legally appointed Health Officer.
• Community-based Nonprofit Organizations (CBOs) – Defined as organizations established and focused on issues and concerns at the community level (neighborhood, city, county, region) that are representative of the populations7 or significant segments of the populations they provide services to in that community. They are often organized around a particular purpose or cause and tend to be grassroots in nature, working from the ground-level upward to create positive change and equity. Any CBO that applies for CalCRG program funds must:
- Have been duly organized, in existence, and in good standing for at least six months prior to the date the Grant Solicitation is issued by GO-Biz;
- Be registered with the California Secretary of State’s Office, with an “Active” status
- Have a tax-exempt10 status with both the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board;
- Have a “Registry Status” of “Current” or “Exempt” with the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts (RCT)11;
- Have any other state or local licenses or certifications necessary to provide the services requested (e.g., facility licensing by the Department of Health Care Services, etc.), if applicable; and
- Have a physical address in California.
Existing CalCRG program grantees – LHDs and CBOs that have a current CalCRG program grant, either as a single organization, or as part of a collaborative application, are eligible to apply only if they have spent at least 50 percent of their existing grant, as evidenced by invoices submitted and approved by the Phase 1 application due date.
- August 14, 2023: Grant Solicitation Release.
- August 21, 2023: Online Application Portal Available to Complete Application Phase 1
- September 18, 2023: Phase 1 Application Deadline Phase 1 applications must be submitted no later than 4:59 pm (Pacific Time) on September 18, 2023.
- December 4, 2023: Phase 2 Application Release. Only applicants that pass the Phase 1 application evaluation process will be invited to submit a Phase 2 application. Applicants invited to participate in Phase 2 will be informed by email of the Phase 2 deadline.
- September 2023 – May 2024: Grant Evaluation and Awards. GO-Biz will evaluate applications and award grants during this period.
The application is divided into two phases. While Phase 1 of the application may be completed by all Eligible Applicants, only those applicants that pass Phase 1 will be invited to proceed to Phase 2 of the application process. Applicants will be invited by email to complete Phase 2 of the application.
An organization may only be listed in one application.
The CalCRG program is based on a reimbursement model.
Additional Funding Information
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request a minimum of $600,000 up to a maximum of $3,000,000 total. The grant amount is for the entire three-year grant term, not an amount per year.
Term of Contract
Grant term: June 2024 – May 2027. All grant funds must be expended during the 3-year grant term.