Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant Program

The Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant Program administered by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) provides funding to assist local law enforcement agencies in submitting and testing sexual assault evidence. A total of $2 million in new grant funding is available statewide.

Interested law enforcement agencies are encouraged to learn more about the grant program, the eligibility criteria, and the Request for Applications (RFA) process. The grant application period closes June 1, 2020.


In 2019, the Legislature passed the Budget Act of 2019 which appropriated $2 million in grant funding to assist local law enforcement agencies with the process of submitting and testing sexual assault forensic evidence.

Eligibility Criteria

Local law enforcement agencies in the State of California that need sexual assault evidence submitted and tested are eligible to apply for this grant.

Grant Proposal

The DOJ will award grant funds to eligible law enforcement agencies that apply for funds through an RFA. This RFA is a non-competitive application process that will reimburse eligible agencies for costs incurred during the submission and testing process.

Eligible agencies must submit a complete application via email to the DOJ by June 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Applications can be emailed to:

If funding is available, we may consider late applications.

A complete application package shall include the following:

A copy of the Request for Applications (RFA) is available to download.

Funding Details

A total of $2 million in grant funding is available. Grant funds are not designed to sustain a project, but are rather intended to supplement existing funds in order to help agencies submit and test sexual assault evidence.

Agencies who are interested in applying for funds should request an amount based on their need. In the event that requests exceed available funds, all approved requests will be evaluated and reduced uniformly.

Funds are available from the 2019-2020 state budget with a grant period beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2022.

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to the DOJ at

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