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Innovations Grant Program

Public Meetings

POST will be hosting two public meetings to solicit input, feedback, or comments on the development and administration of the Innovations Grant Program (IGP).  Meeting information, including dates, times, locations, and access information are located to the right of this page, under the "Public Meetings" heading.

If any member of the public wishes to submit public comments, either before the public meetings or before the public release of the grant solicitation Request For Proposals (RFPs), please use the "Public Comments" email address located to the right of this page, under the "Contact Us" section.  

PLEASE NOTE - POST staff learned at the end of the first public meeting that there were technical difficulties with the audio portion of the teleconference.  Staff apologizes to anyone who attempted to join the meeting and were unable to hear the presentation.  If you attempted to call in, and were unable to do so, please contact the Program Manager.  Alternatively, you may submit public comments using the public comments email address.  The meeting minutes and presentation are available to the right of this page, under "Meeting #1".  

Proposed Timeline

POST expects to release the Grant Solicitation and Request for Proposals (RFPs) on January 15th, 2019, with a submission deadline of March 1, 2019.  The grant performance period is expected to begin April 1, 2019.  When available, the RFP and other grant application documents will be available on this website.

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Program Synopsis

Program Description:

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has developed the Innovations Grant Program (IGP).  The IGP is designed to grant funds on a competitive basis to qualified public and private entities for the purposes of fostering innovations in training and procedures for law enforcement officers, with the goal of reducing the number of officer-involved shootings statewide.

Training and workshops must address issues in one of the five (5) program areas listed below.

  1. Implicit Bias
  2. Use of force and De-escalation
  3. Cultural Diversity and Awareness
  4. Community Policing
  5. Wellness Programs for law enforcement officers

Grants are restricted to qualified public or private entities and include community-based non-profit organizations (California registered, 501(c)(3) organizations), law enforcement agencies, educational or law enforcement training institutions, and private for-profit organizations. 

Grant Award Performance Period:
April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021

Available Funding:
A total of five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) is allocated for grants and administration of the program.  Individual applicants may request up to a maximum of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00). Regardless of the number of project areas, grant recipients shall be awarded no more than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00) and no less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) total.

Program Guidelines, Documents, and Forms

Program guidelines, documents, and forms will be added in this section at the time the grant solicitation is released to the public.

Contact Us

  • Public Comments


POST staff will not respond to emails submitted as public comments.  Comments will be reviewed and incorporated into the RFP as appropriate.

  • RFP Questions


POST staff cannot assist the Applicant with the actual preparation of the proposal. POST can only respond to technical questions about the RFP during the period of time between the publication date and due date.

  • Grant Program Questions 

For general grant program questions, you may email the Program Manager: Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Andrew Mendonsa at:


Notice of Public Meetings

Meeting #1

Meeting #2