Project Safe Neighborhoods


Goals: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms. The program's effectiveness depends upon the ongoing coordination, cooperation and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies?and the communities they serve?engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in all 94 districts. Acting decisively in a coordinated manner at all levels ? federal, state, local, and tribal ? will help reverse a rise in violent crime and keep American citizens safe. Objectives: Achieve violence reduction through the pursuit and support of investigative, prosecutorial, and prevention strategies that will achieve the maximum impact. Prevent and reduce crime through supporting cooperative activity among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, and prevention, community, and research partners.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Made awards to 16 news sites. Each awardee completed a Strategic Action Plan to guide planning and implementation.
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year 2017: Made competitive awards to 14 sites. In FY 18, 93 formula awards are planned.
Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year 2018: Made formula awards to 83 sites. In FY 2018, the Justice Department prosecuted more violent crime defendants than ever before, exceeding the previous total by almost 15 percent. DOJ also charged more than 15,000 defendants with federal firearms offenses, 17 percent more than the previous record. Based on reliable data, productivity in these areas increased more in 2018 than ever before.
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended; and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., Public Law 116-6, U.S.C. , Statute 133,13, 112
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are PSN Task Force fiscal agents for the U.S. Attorney districts and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO). Eligible USAO-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments, public and private organizations, Indian Tribal government, prosecutor offices.
Eligible applicants must be certified by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. An applicant may find the names and addresses of State Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) at the following website:
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The application procedure and time lines will be contained in the program solicitation. See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( and/or Applications must be submitted on-line at the Office of Justice Programs, Grant Management System:
Award Procedure
BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Contingent on available funding.
How are proposals selected?
Each federal judicial district is eligible to apply for a funding allocation, based on its violent crime rate and population. See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( and/or
How may assistance be used?
The Project Safe Neighborhoods program focuses on problem solving, strategic planning, and working in partnership with the community to reduce gun crime and gang violence. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a national strategy designed to reduce offenses committed with guns in streets and local neighborhoods. In addition to hiring new state and local prosecutors, the funds will be available to support investigations, provide training, develop and promote community outreach efforts, and improve public safety by supporting gun and gang crime reduction strategies. PSN should be a part of an overall comprehensive violence reduction strategy. Applicants are encouraged to leverage other federal grant dollars and existing grant resources already in the community, and to partner with a research partner to conduct an impact evaluation to determine the results of the PSN program which may help in securing longer-term funding and sustaining the program locally.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
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.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Varies. Up to 36 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( and Post Award Instructions (
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Kate McNamee
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20735 US
Phone: 202-598-5248
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$33,230,672.00; FY 19 est $20,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$5,871,591.00; FY 16$5,727,463.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Prior awards have ranged from approximately $200,000 to $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions ( Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 One district devoted its PSN funds to a localized and strategic intervention of violent crime by using a place-based plan in five target enforcement areas (TEAs). This intervention will aim to prosecute repeat violent offenders (VROs). A steering committee provides overall guidance and direction while task forces are formed at the local target areas. The USAO is implementing a comprehensive prevention strategy to complement the coordinated enforcement efforts in TEAs and VRO sites, including debriefing of juveniles to identify adults who are driving their violent criminal activity. The Department of Corrections, Department of Community Supervision, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and U.S. Probation Office will intervene with high risk adult offenders who are in state or federal custody.
Fiscal Year 2019 FY 19 awards will provide funding, resources, and training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and their PSN teams to combat violent crime and make their communities safer through a comprehensive approach to public safety that marries targeted law enforcement efforts with community engagement, prevention, and reentry efforts. A portion of awarded PSN funding must be used to support the violence reduction activities of gang task forces.


Federal Grants Resources