U.S. Department of Justice: Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications from eligible entities to plan and implement place-based, community-oriented strategies to address targeted crime issues within a neighborhood as a part of a broader neighborhood revitalization initiative.
Healthy, vibrant communities are places that provide the opportunities, resources, and an environment that children, youth, and adults need to maximize their life outcomes, including high-quality schools and cradle-to-career educational programs; high-quality and affordable housing; thriving commercial establishments; access to quality health care and health services; art and cultural amenities; parks and other recreational spaces; and the safety to take advantage of these opportunities.
Addressing community safety is the role of criminal justice agencies, the community and its partners as a whole. Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) resources will target hot spots of crime where a significant proportion of crime occurs as compared to the overall jurisdiction. To improve and revitalize communities, all relevant stakeholders should be included: law enforcement and criminal justice, education, housing, health and human services, community and faith-based non-profits, local volunteers, residents, and businesses. Given the significant needs and limited resources of some of these communities, local and tribal leaders need tools and information about crime trends in their jurisdiction and assistance in assessing, planning, and implementing the most effective use of criminal justice resources to address these issues. Research suggests that crime clustered in small areas, or “crime hot spots,” accounts for a disproportionate amount of crime and disorder in many communities. As a result, the criminal justice field has been creating new evidence-based strategies designed to prevent and deter future crime in hot spots. Many communities need assistance to implement data-driven problem solving strategies that target crime and safety concerns.
The BCJI Program is part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), which provides neighborhoods with coordinated federal support in the implementation of place-based strategies as part of larger comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts. NRI includes programs within agencies such as the Departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Treasury. Wherever possible and appropriate, applicants should partner (by braiding funding streams, contributing to policy development, etc.) with organizations engaged in revitalization of other neighborhood assets.
The program solicits applications in two categories: 1) Planning, and 2) Implementation.
Planning: Applicants will design and complete a strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented plan to reduce crime in a target neighborhood. Applicants will use planning funds to:
- Identify, verify, and prioritize crime hot spots within identified neighborhood
- Work with cross-sector partners/management team to develop a strategy, drawing on a continuum of approaches to address crime drivers
- Pursue community partnerships and leadership, building support to ensure the community is active in the process
- Collaborate regularly with local law enforcement, a research partner, and the community to conduct analysis of crime drivers and an assessment of needs and available resources
- Support planning and proactive outreach to garner new and/or leverage resources or funding, necessary to implement strategies identified in the strategic plan
Implementation: Applicants will complete a new or existing strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented plan to reduce crime in a target neighborhood and then begin implementation of the plan during the project period. Applicants will use Implementation funds to:
- Engage in a 9-12 month planning phase in order to: Identify, verify, and prioritize crime hot spots within identified neighborhood; Work with cross-sector partners and management team to develop a strategy, drawing on a continuum of approaches to address crime drivers; Pursue community partnerships and leadership, building support to ensure the community is active in the process; Collaborate regularly with local law enforcement, a research partner, and the community to conduct analysis of crime drivers and an assessment of needs and available resources.
- During the implementation phase: Convene regular, ongoing meetings with cross-sector partners and management team; Share regular input/discussions with research partner and assess program implementation; Assess program implementation in collaboration with research partner; Modify strategies, as appropriate; Build capacity of cross-sector management team to continue to coordinate research; Identify and develop a sustainability strategy for longer term implementation of BCJI program core principles.
- Category 1: Planning. Grant Amount: Up to $175,000. Project Period: Up to 18 months. Up to 15 awards will be made in this category.
- Category 2: Implementation. Grant Amount: Up to $1,000,000. Project Period: Up to 36 months. Up to 3 awards will be made in this category.
Eligibility: States, units of local government, non-profit organizations (including tribal non-profit organizations) and federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. The BCJI application requires a consortium of partners. The application must also show commitment from the local law enforcement agency, community leaders, and a research partner through detailed letters of support outlining their participation and partnership in the project.
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