Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Program


The Northern Border Prosecution Initiative (NBPI) provides funds to eligible jurisdictions in the fourteen northern border states, using a uniform payment-per-case basis for qualifying federally initiated and declined-referred criminal cases that were disposed of after October 1, 2005. Eligible jurisdictions include the county governments and the fourteen state governments in Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Public Law No. 111-8, 123 Stat. 524, 580; and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. , Public Law 111-8, 123 Stat. 524, 580.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
See the NBPI website: This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
No formal preapplication coordination is required. Previous year applicants are notified two to three weeks prior to the opening of each application period. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be submitted through the online, Internet-based Northern Border Prosecution Initiative system: Faxed or mailed applications or supplemental materials will not be accepted.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed and approved on the basis of their adherence to program guidelines and funding availability. Applicants will receive up to 100 percent of eligible case costs, based on the availability of funds. Should application amounts exceed available funding, applicants will receive funds on a uniform, pro-rata basis.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not Applicable.
Subject to congressional appropriation. Consult the Application Kit or contact BJA for additional information at
How are proposals selected?
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( and/or For additional information on the NBPI, please see the NBPI website at
How may assistance be used?
While funds from Northern Border Prosecution Initiative federal payments may be used by applicant jurisdictions for any purpose not otherwise prohibited by federal law, using funds for the support and enhancement of prosecutorial services is encouraged.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
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.
Documents supporting a federally initiated and declined/referred case must be retained for three years after the submission of the case for NBPI funds. Documents can include paper or electronic case files, e-mails from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, case notes, or documentation of telephone or face-to-face meetings with U.S. Attorney’s Office staff or federal law enforcement officials.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made within 90 days of application end date. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Once an award has been made for an applicant jurisdiction the jurisdiction may request payment through their on-line account. Awards will be deposited directly to the jurisdiction's bank account once the payment request has been approved by the BJA. All electronic transactions and information are secure, using the latest Internet encryption technology.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Maria Anderson U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: (202) 514-7057 or 1-866-859-268
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable(Exp: Border Initiatives funding $0); FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Applicants do not request an amount. Instead their award is based on available funding and the number of eligible cases. There is no maximum project period associated with this program since it is a payments reimbursement program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See the NBPI website:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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