C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program

In accordance with Assembly Bill 118 (Chapter 694, Statutes of 2021), the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will administer $10 million for grant-making to community-based organizations 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.

Grantee Eligibility

Qualified grantees include cities, counties, tribes, and departments of a city, county, or tribe, such as departments of social services, disability services, health services, public health, and behavioral health. Additional eligibility requirements may be articulated by the stakeholder workgroup (see more information below).

CDSS anticipates a competitive funding process for awarding grants, with all grants being awarded in Spring 2023. For additional information on RFA eligibility, role of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), funding structure, and key dates, please see the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program Quick Guide.

This website will be updated with additional information on the application and timeline for funding as more details become available.

Stakeholder Workgroup

In accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code section 18999.93, CDSS was tasked with convening a stakeholder workgroup to make recommendations to CDSS regarding the implementation of the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program. The stakeholder workgroup members shall:

  • Provide input regarding criteria for qualified grantees.
  • Provide best practices and program recommendations.
  • Provide consultation on implementation and priorities for technical assistance.
  • Identify barriers to implementation and suggest solutions to address those barriers.
  • Recommend anonymous data to be collected.
  • Collaboratively review data and program outcomes.
  • Advise on the design of the evaluation.

The selected sixteen workgroup members are qualified individuals who have an array of professional and/or personal experience as it relates to the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program. CDSS is pleased to have the opportunity to benefit from each member’s unique perspective. Please click the link below to meet the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program Stakeholder Workgroup Members:

C.R.I.S.E.S Act Stakeholder Workgroup Members

Application Workshop PowerPoint

Contact Information

Please direct any questions regarding the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program to CRISESgrants@dss.ca.gov.