U.S. Department of Justice: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY 2018 Local SolicitationDeadline: August 22, 2018
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) will award funds to a unit of local government to be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including any one or more of the following:
- Law enforcement programs
- Prosecution and court programs
- Prevention and education programs
- Corrections and community corrections programs
- Drug treatment and enforcement programs
- Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
- Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
- Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
In connection with all of the above purposes, it should be noted that the statute defines “criminal justice” as “activities pertaining to crime prevention, control, or reduction, or the enforcement of the criminal law, including, but not limited to, police efforts to prevent, control, or reduce crime or to apprehend criminals, including juveniles, activities of courts having criminal jurisdiction, and related agencies (including but not limited to prosecutorial and defender services, juvenile delinquency agencies and pretrial service or release agencies), activities of corrections, probation, or parole authorities and related agencies assisting in the rehabilitation, supervision, and care of criminal offenders, and programs relating to the prevention, control, or reduction of narcotic addiction and juvenile delinquency.”
Under the JAG Program, units of local government may also use award funds for broadband deployment and adoption activities as they relate to criminal justice activities.
Amount: The Bureau of Justice Assistance estimates that it will make up to 1,147 local awards totaling an estimated $84,500,000. Awards of at least $25,000 are four years in length. Awards of less than $25,000 are two years in length.
Eligibility: Only units of local government may apply under this solicitation. By law, the term “units of local government” includes a town, township, village, parish, city, county, borough, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state; or, it may be a federally recognized Indian tribal government that performs law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). A unit of local government also may be any law enforcement district or judicial enforcement district established under applicable state law with authority to independently establish a budget and impose taxes; for example, in Louisiana, a unit of local government means a district attorney or parish sheriff.