Gang Resistance Education and Training


To help prevent youth crime, violence and gang association while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and our young people to create safer communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 07/08/2008 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
As of March 15, 2002, approximately 5,865 officers from 1,736 agencies, representing 50 States, D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, and military personnel from overseas bases have been trained to present the core curriculum in elementary and middle school classrooms. Almost 3.2 million children have been trained with the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum. For fiscal year 2001, more than 394,000 children received G.R.E.A.T. certificates for completing the program. In addition, the G.R.E.A.T. Program trained 987 officers at five different sites. There were 225 agencies selected to receive Federal funding for their programs for Fiscal Year 2002. In FY 2001, $15.2 million was awarded to 182 recipients.
Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 2002.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All State, county, tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies in the United States and U.S. Territories.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All State, county, tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies in the United States and U.S. Territories.
Agency head must enter into the agreement with ATF's Cooperative Agreement Officer.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Application forms are available annually for down load from the G.R.E.A.T. Program web site ( or will be mailed upon request. Application forms may be obtained by contacting the G.R.E.A.T. Program Branch at 1-800-726-8080. Application for financial assistance shall be made on ATF Form 6410.1 Gang Resistance Education and Training Funding Application, OMB #1512-0548.
Award Procedure
Applicants are notified by mail 30 to 60 days after the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. Following notification, a cooperative agreement packet or a grant packet with additional paperwork will be mailed to the recipients of the awards. The cooperative agreements and the grants take effect during the month of January in the new fiscal year.
Applications must be received on or before September 13th, 2002.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants are notified by mail 30 to 60 days after the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. The total approval/disapproval time could take up to six months.
Not applicable.
All applicants must annually compete for funds.
How are proposals selected?
Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria in order to determine funding. The applicants standing in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, the number of children to which the applicant teaches the G.R.E.A.T. Program, other programs applicants have in place that could reinforce the program goals and the applicant's participation in the national administration of the program are all taken into consideration. A more detailed description of the point system assigned to the various criteria can be found in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Law enforcement agencies can only use the funds provided to administer the G.R.E.A.T. Program. This includes providing G.R.E.A.T. training for law enforcement officers and the purchasing of materials and supplies for the implementation of the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Applicants are required to submit a progress report and request for reimbursement every quarter.
Reviews will be conducted by ATF personnel as needed to ensure correct usage of funds.
Agencies are required to maintain a system of standardized records for inspection or disclosure.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
There are no matching requirements for this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements are effective for one year, after which applicants must re-compete for funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
The G.R.E.A.T. Program currently has five regional offices that are each run by a local law enforcement agency. The offices and contacts are: The Southeast Region, Lieutenant Brett Meade, Orange County Sheriff's Department, 2400 W. 33rd Street, Orlando, Florida 32839, 407-836-3740; The Northeast Region, Sergeant Steve Naughton, Philadelphia Police Department, Care of: Holiday Inn, 10th and Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148, 215-683-1871; The Midwest Region, Lieutenant Raj Ramnrace, La Crosse Police Department, 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, 608-789- 8202; The Southwest Region, Sergeant Wayne Bensfield, Phoenix Police Department, 620 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, 602-495- 0432; The Northeast Region, Ms. Merilee Laurens, Portland Police Department, 449 NE Emerson, Portland, Oregon 97211, 503-823-2078.
Headquarters Office
For further information, contact Christine Schneider Keyser, G.R.E.A.T. Branch; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, P.O. Box 50418, Washington, DC 20091-0418, (1-800-726-7070 extension 73127); or by sending electronic mail (E-mail) to:, or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website at
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Support and Services) FY 02 $17,601,171; FY 03 est $9,781,385; and FY 04 est $16,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The possible range of assistance is $500,000 to $3,500. Award amounts vary depending on community population size and funding appropriated by congress.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Funding guidelines and criteria are published annually in the National Federal Register. Information on the program can be obtained by contacting the G.R.E.A.T. Program Headquarters office. A cross-sectional evaluation of the program can be found in the National Institute of Justice Research in Brief, November 1997 issue, "National Evaluation of G.R.E.A.T." by Finn- Aage Esbensen and D. Wayne Osgood.
Examples of Funded Projects
Funds are to be used for the administration of the G.R.E.A.T. Program only.


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