Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program


The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

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
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Data is not yet available. Please visit https://www.bja.gov/Jag/showcase.html.
Fiscal Year 2018 Please visit https://www.bja.gov/Jag/showcase.html
Generally codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10726, including subpart 1 of part E (codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151 - 10158); see also 28 U.S.C. 530C(a). And, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., Title Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Public Law 90-35, 34 U.S.C. 10151-10726
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
JAG: All States, the District of Columbia, Guam, America Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Units of local government are eligible consistent with established guidelines.
Beneficiary Eligibility
JAG grants are awarded to States, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, as well as eligible units of local government (including tribes).
Each applicant must submit a completed application that meets the requirements specified in the program guidance.
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: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Intergovernmental_-Review-_SPOC_01_2018_OFFM.pdf
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs Grant Management System at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and must follow the criteria outlined in the solicitation as well as the JAG Program Guidance Manual.
Award Procedure
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
The Bureau of Justice Assistance will not disapprove any application (or amendment to that application) without affording the applicant reasonable notice of any deficiencies and providing an opportunity for correction and reconsideration.
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 section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.
Subject to annual appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at the Office of Justice Programs web site https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
How may assistance be used?
No JAG funds may be expended outside of JAG program areas (see the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm). Even within these program areas, however, JAG funds cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.
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: Title I Chapter Subchapter V Part A Subpart 42 USC 3756 Once each fiscal year’s overall JAG Program funding level is determined, BJA partners with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to begin a four-step grant award calculation process which consists of: 1. Computing an initial JAG allocation for each state and territory, based on their share of violent crime and population (weighted equally). 2. Reviewing the initial JAG allocation amount to determine if the state or territory allocation is less than the minimum (“de minimus”) award amount defined in the JAG legislation (0.25 percent of the total). If this is the case, the state or territory is funded at the minimum level, and the funds required for this are deducted from the overall pool of JAG funds. Each of the remaining states receives the minimum award plus an additional amount based on their share of violent crime and population. 3. Dividing each state’s final award amount (except for the territories and District of Columbia) between state and local governments at a rate of 60 and 40 percent, respectively. 4. Determining local unit of government award allocations, which are based on their proportion of the state’s three- year violent crime average. If a local eligible award amount is less than $10,000, the funds are returned to the state to be awarded to these local units of government through the state agency. If the eligible award amount is $10,000 or more, then the local government is eligible to apply for a JAG award directly from BJA.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards of at least $25,000 or more begin October 1 of the FY and are four years in length. Awards that are less than $25,000 begin October 1 of the FY and are two years in length. Requests for up to two additional years to complete performance of the award will be granted automatically. Extensions beyond a four- year period for all JAG awards may be approved on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of BJA. Trust Fund – SAAs may draw down JAG funds either in advance or on a reimbursement basis. Non-Federal entities must maintain advance payments of Federal awards in interest-bearing accounts, unless regulatory exclusions apply (2 CFR 200.305(b)(8)). Sub-recipients that draw down JAG funds in advance, are subject to the same requirement and must first establish an interest-bearing account.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the State Administering Agency, listed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/
Headquarters Office
Tracy Trautman
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202-616-6500
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$310,428,140.00; FY 19 est $423,500,000.00; FY 20 est $405,000,000.00; FY 17$303,543,145.00; FY 16$434,522,436.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$10,000 to $37,000,000.
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 Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/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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