Gov. Newsom announces record $156M in grants to prevent gun violence
The grants were awarded by the Board of State and Community Corrections and will go to communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence
By Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On June 9, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a record $156 million in gun violence prevention grants provided as part of the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP). The funding announced today will support 79 cities and nonprofit organizations that are implementing anti-violence programs suited to the unique needs of their local communities.
The grants announced today were awarded by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and will go to programs in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence. CalVIP intervention programs are specifically selected to address populations that are most at risk of perpetrating violence and those most likely to be victimized.
The programs selected for funding tackle gun violence by concentrating on prevention efforts. For example, an analysis found that in Oakland, less than 1 percent of the city’s population was responsible for the majority of homicides. Based on this analysis, Oakland implemented a ceasefire strategy which focused on deterrence and resulted in a “noteworthy citywide reduction of gun homicide” between 2010 and 2017.