Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program


The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement treatment drug courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: BJA has provided a comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance strategy to improve service delivery for rural drug courts. Rural courts have been evaluated and do no perform as well as urban courts thus a strategy to improve services has been developed. Fiscal Year 2015: BJA has worked with private partners to coordinate federal funding around new drug court standards. These standards are grounded in evidence and future funding will support those programs who comply with such standards. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
The Drug Court Program is authorized under Title I, Part EE, of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Public Law 90-351d, Title I, 82 Stat. 197, as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, Public Law 107-273, Division B, Title II, Subtitle C, 116 Stat. 1758 (2002); and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., 42 U.S.C 3797u.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants can be given to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government and Indian tribal governments, acting directly or through agreements with other public or private entities. Applicants may choose to submit joint applications with other eligible jurisdictions for statewide, regional, and multijurisdictional drug court programs. With joint applications, one organization must be designated as the applicant and any coapplicants designated accordingly. The applicant organization must be eligible and the other agencies/organizations must provide supporting documentation. All applicants must demonstrate that they have the management and financial capabilities to effectively plan and implement projects of the size and scope described in the application kit. Nonprofit and for-profit agencies are not eligible applicants. For an application from a subunit of government (e.g., county probation department, district attorney's office, pretrial services agency) to be considered, it must be designated by letter as representing an eligible applicant (described above). For example, the county court or county executive may designate the county probation or county district attorney's office as its representative for the purpose of application. In this instance, the applicant continues to be the designating state, court system, or unit of local government. The county probation, district attorney's office, or other designated subunit, is the organization authorized to submit an application on behalf of the eligible applicant.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, local governments, Indian tribal governments, public or private entities.
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); applicant Information page; a one-page program abstract summarizing the goals and objectives of the grant request; program narrative; letters of support; detailed budget and budget narrative; administrative requirements; and assurances and certifications. See program announcement for more information.

Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Prospective applicants may view the preapplication requirements by visiting the web site at https://www.bja.gov. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. All competitive grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Grant Management System (GMS) at http://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov. Applications or supplemental materials received by facsimile or postal mail will not be accepted. For additional information, see the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.bja.gov.
Award Procedure
An award is granted by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and must be accepted by the applicant agency or institution according to the special conditions of the grant or cooperative agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 days.
For Formula awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18.
Grants can be extended by submitting a written justification for an extension to the Bureau of Justice Assistance office for review. Extensions are subject to approval by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and renewals subject to congressional funding.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm and/or www.bja.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Allowable uses of funds are outlined in the Drug Court Program Guideline available from the Department of Justice Response Center. Assistance can be used by assisting states and local court nonviolent adult and juvenile offenders by involving early and continuous judicial supervision over these offenders. The administration of sanctions and services will help reduce substance abuse recidivism.

Drug Court Programs under Title V will be for nonviolent adult and juvenile offenders and involve early and continuous judicial supervision over the nonviolent substance abusing offenders and the integrated administration of sanctions and services including: (1) mandatory periodic testing for the use of controlled substances or other addictive substances during any period of supervised release or probation; (2) substance abuse treatment for each participant; (3) diversion, probation, or other supervised release involving the possibility of prosecution, confinement, or incarceration based on noncompliance with program requirements; and (4) programmatic offender management and aftercare services. Yes, violent offenders may not be served by this grant unless they are funded under a separate Veterans Treatment Court congressional appropriation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Drug Court Grantee Data Collection Survey. No cash reports are required. Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial 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.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, the 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.
All grantees are required to establish and maintain accounting systems and financial records in order to account for funds awarded to them.

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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. The federal share of a grant received under this subtitle may not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of an applicant's projected budget. The matching requirement is a 25 percent match provided by the applicant. A portion of the match must be cash. This is required by statute; the term "portion" is not defined. For additional information, please see the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.bja.gov.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project duration period will be up to 3 years for Implementation Grants, up to 2 years for Enhancement Grants. For additional information, please see the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.bja.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: By reimbursement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Tim Jeffries U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 616-6500 or 1-866-859-2687
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $40,500,000; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $36,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies based upon appropriation. Consult the solicitation available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm and/or www.bja.gov.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm.
For additional guidance reference the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/funding/Implement/Resources/PostAwardInstructions.pdf). 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
Not Applicable.


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