Community Crime Prevention Grant for Non-profit Organizations in California

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is seeking applications from eligible community groups in an effort to reduce and prevent crime in Orange County. The grants will enable community partners to work in alignment with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to support evidence-based violence reduction, safety and drug abuse education and prevention programs.

Donor Name: Orange County Sheriff’s Office

State: California

Counties: Orange County (CA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Size of the Grant: $2,500-$10,000

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/10/2021


The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is opening the application process for its second annual Community Crime Prevention Grant program, which will provide micro-grants ranging from $2,500-$10,000 to nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups and others engaged in projects or programs that address:

  • Neighborhood safety.
  • Crime prevention.
  • Drug abuse education and prevention.

Funding Information

OCSO’s Community Crime Prevention Grant program seeks to award a total of $125,000 in grants that do not require applicants to provide matching funds. The grants are made possible utilizing seized contraband assets which are held in the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund. Applicants may request up to $10,000 in funding, but the grant recipients and amounts will be selected at the sole discretion of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Only one application per organization will be accepted. Organizations that offer multiple programs may include funding requests for different programs within one proposal. The applicant’s proposal may request funding for any new project, ongoing program, or regularly-held event as long as the project, program, or event meets all of the eligibility criteria.

Who may apply?

The grant program will provide funds to community groups, associations, agencies, or nonprofit organizations which provide services to residents within the boundaries of Orange County. Funds will not be provided to support the start-up of a new group. Preference will be given to established applicants who serve the unincorporated areas of Orange County.

What are the application eligibility criteria?

To be considered for funding a program or project must:

  • Fall within one of the statutorily approved categories listed above.
  • Submit an application describing their program or project and provide a detailed, itemized list of items to be purchased with grant funds.
  • Follow the directions below regarding submission of the Proposal.

All Applicants approved for funding will be required to enter into a legal agreement with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office setting forth the terms and conditions under which funds may be expended and outlining all accounting requirements.

What are the criteria to be selected for funding?

Projects or programs will be rated using the following criteria:

  • The application must be completed in full and received prior to the deadline. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered.
  • The application must provide a clear understanding of the program or project, expected benefits to the community and how it meets the criteria for the grant.
  • The applicant must have a commitment from the participants in the program or project. Special consideration will be given to programs or projects with letters of recommendation from community members, faith leaders, neighborhood associations, or local businesses.
  • The applicant must have a program or project that is well-planned, and ready for implementation or is a part of a broader, ongoing effort, with a well- defined method for demonstrating that the funds are spent appropriately.

Projects that will NOT be considered for the grant program:

  • Projects or improvements that are the responsibility of a homeowner’s association.
  • Funds for off-duty law enforcement.
  • Target hardening for private entities (fences, safety walls, cameras).

For more information, visit Community Crime Prevention Grants.