Program Information | Inmate Activity Groups

Innovative Programming Grants

Innovative Programming Grants (IPG) offer funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide programs that have demonstrated success and focus on inmate responsibility and restorative justice principles. The goal of IPG is to improve access to programming and increase the percentage of inmates served in California’s adult prisons.

The grants have funded the establishment of 299 programs since 2014. Programs cover a wide spectrum, from creative writing, gardening, and recording books for inmates’ children to socializing and training assistance dogs, learning to write computer code, improving interpersonal communication within the prison setting, and in-depth trauma-informed programs aimed at replacing violence and crime with introspective and positive life skills.


Location for grants applications and the locations of IPG’s programs are available at all CDCR institutions and three Modified Community Correctional Facilities (MCCF):

  • Delano MCCF
  • Shafter MCCF
  • Taft MCCF

Click here to see a map of grant application locations.

Grants Awarded

Click here to see a list of the grants awarded for Round Five of IPG.

Program Length

Grants are awarded for three-year periods. Individual grant programs vary in length, depending on program and program provider.

Key Event Dates

September 28, 2018 – Release Request for Applications
October 18, 2018 – Applicants Conference Call
October 26, 2018 – Notice of Intent to Apply Due
November 29, 2018 – Grant Application Due
November 30 – December 7, 2018 – Technical Application Review
December 10 – January 18, 2019 – Merit Application Review
January 22 – 25, 2019 – DRP Director Review/Approval
January 28 – February 1, 2019 – Secretary Review/Approval
February 4 – 8, 2019 – Notification of Intent to Award Grants
February 11 – April 30, 2019 – Grant Agreement Processing
May 1, 2019 – Begin Grant Period – Year 1
May 1 – 31, 2019 – Grantee Meetings at Institutions
June 3 – 28, 2019 – Ramp Up and New Volunteer Orientation
May 1 – June 28, 2019 – New Programs Begin
April 30, 2020 – End Grant Period – Year 1
May 1, 2020 – Begin Grant Period – Year 2
April 30, 2021 – End Grant Period – Year 2
May 1, 2021 – Begin Grant Period – Year 3
April 30, 2022 – End Grant Period – Year 3


Grant Eligibility: Grant eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations currently offering programs in an adult correctional institution setting, whose programs have demonstrated success and focus on inmate responsibility and restorative justice principles.

Inmate Eligibility/Enrollment: Inmate participation criteria and enrollment varies by institution and individual grant program.


Click here to see the list of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Round Five of the Innovative Programming Grants.

Request for Applications (RFA):

To complete the RFA, please click here to request a copy of the RFA Packet. The application will include the following documents:

  • RFA Packet with Appendix A-E and G
  • Appendix F – STD 204
  • Appendix F – Supplement Vendor Payee Data Record Form

IPG Contact Information:

For more information on IPGs, please email the Innovative Programming Grants mailbox at

For additional IPG program videos, click here to go to the Outside Resources page.