The Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant Program administered by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) provided funding to assist local law enforcement agencies in submitting and testing sexual assault evidence. A total of $2 million in new grant funding was available statewide.
Interested law enforcement agencies were encouraged to learn more about the grant program, the eligibility criteria, and the Request for Applications (RFA) process. The grant application period closed 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.
Local law enforcement agencies in the State of California that needed sexual assault evidence submitted and tested were eligible to apply for this grant.
The DOJ awarded grant funds to eligible law enforcement agencies that applied for funds through an RFA. This RFA was a non-competitive application process that is reimbursing eligible agencies for costs incurred during the submission and testing process.
Eligible agencies submitted a complete application via email to the DOJ by June 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Applications were emailed to: SAESubmission@doj.ca.gov
A complete application package included the following:
A copy of the Request for Applications (RFA) is available to download.
A total of $2 million in grant funding was available. Grant funds were not designed to sustain a project but were intended to supplement existing funds in order to help agencies submit and test sexual assault evidence.
Agencies who were interested in applying for funds requested an amount based on their need. Funds were 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 SAESubmission@doj.ca.gov