Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program


JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. 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
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, BJA processed 1,091 local and 56 state applications totaling more than $279 million in JAG funding (approximately $189.3 million to states and territories and $90.5 million to local units of government). Fiscal Year 2015: Data is not yet available. Fiscal Year 2016: Data is not yet available.
Subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3751-3759). Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161. 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, Section 1111. Merger of Byrne Grant Program and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program. And, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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
States, Territories, and units of local government.
Each applicant must submit a completed application that meets the requirements specified in the program guidance. 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
Preapplication coordination is required. 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
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 office, 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?
Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.
How may assistance be used?
No JAG funds may be expended outside of JAG program areas (see solicitations for specific program areas posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.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. There are also a number of specifically prohibited items, these include:

•Tracked armored vehicles
•Weaponized aircraft, vessels and vehicles of any kind
•Firearms and/or ammunition with a caliber of .50 or higher
•Grenade Launchers
•Camouflage Uniforms (digital pattern)
(*Woodland and desert patterns are allowable)

Additionally, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly to pay for any of the following controlled items unless the BJA Director certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist, making them essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order. This template is based on recommendations pursuant to Executive Order 13688 on Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.

1. Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and/or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
2. Armored Vehicles (wheeled)
3. Command and Control Vehicles (Bus, Recreational Vehicle, etc.)
4. *Boats (Non-Police Patrol)
5. *Tactical and/or passenger SUVs, Vans and Trucks (excluding SUVs that are used for Police Patrol)
6. Manned aircraft, fixed and/or rotary wing
7. Specialized firearms and ammunition under .50 caliber (excludes firearms/ammunition for service-issued weapons)
8. Breaching Apparatus (battering ram or similar entry device)
9. Riot Helmets, shields and/or batons (excluding service-issued telescopic or fixed-length straight batons)
10. Explosives and pyrotechnics
11. Luxury items and Real estate
12. Construction projects (other than penal/correctional institutions)
13. *Segway, ATV and Golf Cart (Non-Police Patrol)

*Controlled Expenditure request is required if the vehicle is not being used in the ordinary course by police forces in the United States for patrol activities. Additionally, Segways, ATVs and golf carts never require a controlled expenditure request in states which do not require licensing and registration for those vehicle types.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm). Quarterly financial reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm). 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, 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. Statutory Formula: 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 program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
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. 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. 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, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $376,000,000; FY 15 est $376,000,000; and FY 16 est $376,000,000
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 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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