Byrne Formula Grant Program


To reduce and prevent illegal drug activity, crime, and violence and to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, Title I, 42 U.S.C. 50 et seq. Public Law 109-162, Title XI - Department of Justice Reauthorization, Subtitle B-Improving the Department of Justice's Grant Programs, Chapter 1-Assisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies, Sec. 1111. Merger of Byrne Grant Program and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All States, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and units of local governments.
. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used with this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are submitted to BJA following the criteria set out in the Act, OJP Financial Guide, and Byrne Formula Grant Program Guidance. All applications must be submitted electronically by the Office of Justice Programs Grants Management System (GMS) at Applications or supplemental materials received by facsimile or postal mail will not be accepted.
Award Procedure
Letter to the Governor upon approval by BJA, with copies of the grant award sent to the designated State Administrative Agency. One copy of the grant award must be signed by Chief Executive's designee and returned to BJA.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The State Administering Agency will receive a grant award notification, no later than 45 days after receipt of application. BJA will also notify the State congressional representatives, the governor and State U.S. attorneys.
See 28 C.F.R., Part 18.
Annual application is required.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to support 29 specified purpose areas as outlined in the authorizing legislation. Funds may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, facilities (including upgraded and additional law enforcement crime laboratories), personnel training and equipment for more widespread apprehension, prosecution and adjudication of persons who violate state and local laws relating to the production, possession and transfer of controlled substances and to improve the criminal justice system. The Act restricts the use of these funds for supplanting state and local funds and land acquisition, and construction other than penal or correctional facilities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
An annual performance report is also required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Financial reports are required quarterly, as required by the OJP financial guide. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L. 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
Grantee must keep complete records on disposition of funds.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Each participant State will receive a base amount of $500,000 or 25 percent of the amount available for the program, whichever is greater, with the remaining funds allocated to each State on the basis of the State's relative share of total U.S. population. If a State elects not to participate, all funds may be awarded directly to local units of government and combinations of units of local governments within the State. (a) Funds from the Act may be used to pay up to 75 percent of the cost of a program or project. The remaining nonfederal share will be provided in cash. Match for the formula grant programs will be provided for on a project-by-project basis, State-wide basis, unit-of-government basis, or a combination of the above. Requests will be contained in the application. (b) Funds distributed to an Indian tribe which performs law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) for any program or project described in the Act shall be 100 percent of such costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
48 months/4 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Please contact your local State Administrative Agency (SAA).
Headquarters Office
Programs Office Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, 810 7th St., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-6500 or 1-866-859-2687
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 08 $4,245; FY 09 $0; FY 10 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies. This is a formula based funding program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The OJP Financial Guide, Byrne Formula Grant Program Guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available


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