California Attorney General's Office

12/06/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2023 13:01

Attorney General Bonta Announces Applications Are Now Open for the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant Program

OAKLAND - California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced that applications are now being accepted for the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant Program. This program is administered by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and provides funding to assist local law enforcement agencies in submitting and DNA testing of sexual assault evidence. The Budget Act of 2021 appropriated $4 million in grant funding to assist law enforcement agencies statewide.

"This grant is a step forward in our fight against sexual assault in California," said Attorney General Rob Bonta. "It supports and honors the courageous individuals who come forward about their experiences of sexual assault and go through the necessary steps to provide evidence. I am grateful for the valuable contributions of our partners across the state in this critical battle. Funds from the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Grant will assist them in protecting the vulnerable and bringing perpetrators to justice."

Interested law enforcement agencies are encouraged to learn more about the grant program, the eligibility criteria, and the Request for Applications (RFA) process. This RFA is a non-competitive application process that is reimbursing eligible agencies for costs incurred during the submission and testing process. Grant funds are not designed to sustain a project but are intended to supplement existing funds to help agencies submit and test sexual assault evidence.

Eligible agencies must submit a completed application to DOJ by February 5, 2024. All grant applications must be emailed to [email protected] by 5:00 PM (PDT). No late applications will be accepted.

A complete application package includes the following:

  • Application Cover Sheet (Word Document)
  • Letter of Intent (Word Document)
  • Project Budget (Excel)

A copy of the RFA is available for download here.

Agencies who are interested in applying for funds should request amounts based on their need. The grant period for the use of these funds will begin on or around February 6, 2024 and will end February 5, 2027. Questions concerning the application process may be directed to the DOJ at [email protected].