Impact Justice: Prison Rape Elimination Act Targeted Implementation Planning and Support
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Targeted Implementation Planning and Support (TIPS) program is a new federal funding opportunity specifically for locally operated small- to medium-sized jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, lockups, and tribal facilities that are seeking to become sexually safer environments through compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. TIPS is administered by Impact Justice, the national nonprofit that also operates the PREA Resource Center (PRC). The program operates in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Impact Justice welcomes a range of applications, from projects narrowly focused on just a few aspects of operating a sexually safer facility and the corresponding PREA standards, to more complex projects that address many of the standards and may encompass multiple facilities and/or agencies. The bulk of the application is a questionnaire that can be easily completed with just minimal information about:
- The facility (or facilities) and population
- What the facility (or facilities) has done so far to improve sexual safety in line with the PREA standards
- What specific improvements TIPS funding would enable, along with a basic breakdown of how the money will be spent
- A letter (or letters) of commitment from facility leadership is the only additional information required
TIPS is a two-phase program. Selected applicants will participate in a guided planning phase that will render a final project plan to include an approved project description, strategy, and corresponding budget; applicants will enter into the implementation phase to execute their approved project plan.
In all applications, preference will be given to those that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Include facilities with fewer than 200 beds
- Demonstrate strong support from key agency leaders in regard to participating in TIPS and, more generally, complying with the PREA standards
- Demonstrate a need for TIPS funding
- Demonstrate the ability to provide match funding in-kind or in cash
Amount: Grants range from $20,000-$200,000.
Applicants focusing on one facility may apply for up to $100,000, while projects that encompass multiple facilities may apply for up to $200,000. Those selected for a TIPS grant will be required to match the award amount dollar for dollar through in-kind or cash matches.
Eligibility: Units of local government, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, or private non-profit or for-profit entities that operate local confinement facilities including jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, lockups, and tribal facilities with fewer than 500 beds.
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