(Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding)
Purpose of the Funds
The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program is to support both state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
The majority of the CESF will be made available to local units of governments and other eligible local agencies through a competitive Request for Application process developed by the DCJ. Due to the emergent nature of this funding, grant applications have been simplified and the funding process will be expedited.
2022 Applications for CESF funds closed on October 14, 2022.
Funding Priorities & Allowable Expenses
- Non-congregate housing for in-custody releases with no housing plan
- Protections for incarcerated people and staff working in those areas
- Communication and community engagement tools to improve communication between law enforcement and community
- Systems to track and support adults and/or juveniles released or diverted from incarceration
- Systems to create or enhance pre-trial supervision for those released from jail or lockup to assist in the social distancing and other guidelines
- Systems to create or enhance screening processes used to determine eligibility for pretrial release.
- Video and necessary equipment that can be used to expand bond hearings.
Other Allowable Items
To support both state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus.
- Overtime, hiring personnel, training
- Equipment and supplies
- Travel expenses related to the distribution of COVID related resources
- Addressing the medical needs of inmates in local, jails, and detention centers
- Addressing transitional housing needs for the criminal justice and juvenile justice population
- Any other COVID-19 related expense.
Eligibility & Requirements
The majority of the CESF will be made available to local units of governments and other eligible local agencies through a competitive Request for Application process developed by the DCJ. State and Local Units of Government, such as Law Enforcement Agencies, Jails, Prisons, Detention Facilities, and other local organizations are eligible.
The review panel will accept limited grant applications from non-profit organizations representing statewide associations of local law enforcement. In addition, non-profit organizations must demonstrate how the grant will address statewide priorities.
Approximately $385,000 will be available for 2022 CESF subgrant applications.
Funding will be available for a period of up to nine months for all grantees beginning April 1, 2023, and ending December 31, 2023.
Funding for up to nine months is available retroactive to February 1, 2023, for existing grantees.
Match is not required.