Community Capacity Development Office
The Program's objective is national implementation of Operation Weed and Seed. Operation Weed and Seed is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to combating violent crime, drug use, and gang activity in high crime neighborhoods. The goal is to "weed out" violence and drug activity in high crime neighborhoods and then to "seed" the sites with a wide range of crime and drug prevention programs, human service resources, and neighborhood restoration activities to prevent crime from reoccurring. The strategy emphasizes the importance of a coordinated approach, bringing together Federal, State and local government, the community, and the private sector to form a partnership to create a safe, drug-free environment.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Executive Office for Weed and Seed
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS; PROVISION OF SPECIALIZED SERVICES
Violence Against Women and Dept. of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Section 1121, Public Law 109-162.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The eligible applicant is a coalition of community residents, local, county, and State agencies, Federal agencies, and the private sector.
Eligibility criteria for selecting and funding Weed and Seed sites are as follows: High incidence of violent crime; existing, workable community infrastructure; cooperative governmental partnerships; good cooperation between governmental and private civic and social service organizations; cooperative business community; strong U.S. Attorney Office; and history of innovative programming at the local level. If a large city is being considered, the project site should be a clearly, easily identifiable section of the metropolitan area. The strategy also seeks to encompass available funding from reprogrammable Federal program dollars and existing private/local leveraged funds.
An interested community should establish contact with the United States Attorney, who convenes a formal steering committee. The steering committee, through the guidance and facilitation of the United States Attorney, produces an implementation plan along the lines set forth in the Weed and Seed Implementation Manual. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The DOJ solicitations for continuation and competitive applications for fiscal year 2006 funding were issued in April 2006. A competitive applications kit was issued in April 2006 for sites which are interested in becoming Weed and Seed Communities. Letters of intent to apply will be due in late June 2006 with full applications due in January 2007.
As set forth in the application.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
As provided in the application.
As provided in the application.
As provided in the application.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting and funding Weed and Seed sites are as follows: High incidence of violent crime; existing, workable community infrastructure; cooperative governmental partnerships; good cooperation between governmental and private civic and social service organizations; strong U.S. Attorney involvement; history of innovative programming at the local level; if a large city is being considered, the project site should be a clearly, easily identifiable section of the metropolitan area; available funding from reprogrammable Federal program dollars and existing private/local funds.
How may assistance be used?
Weed and Seed funding is for grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, with non-profit entities, State and local agencies engaged in the investigation and prosecution, and prevention of violent crimes and drug offenses in "Weed and Seed" designated communities, and for either reimbursements or transfers to appropriation accounts of the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies which shall be specified by the Attorney General to execute the "Weed and Seed" program strategy.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Please contact program office for more information. Quarterly financial reports are required. Performance measures, as specified in the solicitation, are required.
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. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
Community Capacity Development Office files and Office of Justice Programs files.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Approximately 1-year funding is provided, subject to consideration for continuation for up to 5 years based on past performance and the availability of funding. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Please contact program office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Denise Viera, 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-1152 Fax: (202) 616-1159.
(Project Grants) FY 09 $27,091,820; FY 10 est $19,580,000; and FY 11 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The site award levels assuming program compliance are $100,000 for first year sites, up to $175,000 for second, through fifth year sites.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Operation Weed and Seed Implementation Manual, Newsletter ("In-Sites"), and "Weed and Seed Best Practices" periodical. Visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ccdo for more information.
Examples of Funded Projects