Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Sanctions program: Replicating the Concepts behind Project HOPE


The goals of this program are to develop and enhance SCF initiatives and implement a SCF model with fidelity, resulting in reduced recidivism and better outcomes for program participants.
The objectives of this SCF program are to:
•Demonstrate the use and efficacy of SCF practices and principles to improve the delivery of supervision strategies and practices.
•Improve supervision strategies that will reduce recidivism.
•Increase the number of supervision decisions that are fair and consistently applied, and with consequences that are transparent.
•Promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in probation, parole, pretrial, law enforcement, treatment, reentry, and related community corrections fields.
•Develop and implement strategies for the identification, targeting, supervision, and treatment of “high-risk/high-needs” offenders who are being supervised in the community.
•Increase the number of participants in the program who believe that the supervision decisions are fair, consistently applied, and consequences are transparent.

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
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: SCF (formerly SAC) TTA Resource Center assisted grantees in the development of their SCF (formerly SAC) initiatives. Fiscal Year 2015: FY2015: Held on-site training for each FY14 BJA-funded Swift and Certain awardee; held 2 Free trainings for subject matter experts and other jurisdictions interested in developing, enhancing, or implementing a SCF/HOPE initiative. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76); and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year, Public Law 113-76.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See objectives for additional information.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See objectives for additional information.
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. 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 not applicable. 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. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through grants.gov following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).
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
From 60 to 90 days.
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.
Supplemental funding may be available in future years.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm and/or www.bja.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Allowable uses for award funds can include the following activities to help state, local, and Tribal agencies develop or improve their SCF programs:
•Support the Project Coordinator position.
•Overtime for:
oCourt staff to complete paperwork
oCommunity corrections staff to expedite bench warrant service
oCommunity corrections officers and/or law enforcement officers to apprehend absconders
•The development, implementation, and maintenance of a color code hotline.
•The development of a robust, onsite, rapid drug-screening process.
•Costs for onsite urine analysis testing.
•Costs for offsite urine analysis or hair testing.
•Additional BJA-approved contracted jail space, if needed.
•Travel costs for SCF team members to attend BJA-approved SCF trainings, project meetings, and peer-to-peer meetings (provide an estimate based on a 4-person team, spending 2 days in Washington, DC).
•Other BJA-approved SCF project costs. Unallowable Uses for Award Funds
In addition to the unallowable costs identified in the Financial Guide, award funds may not be used for the following:
•Prizes/rewards/entertainment/trinkets (or any type of monetary incentive)
•Client stipends
•Gift cards
•Food and beverage
•Costs that do not support approved project activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial 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.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The award period may be between 12 and 18 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Automated drawdown system. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post Award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
C. Edward Banks U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: edward.banks@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $4,000,000; FY 15 est $10,000,000; and FY 16 est $10,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts may be up to $350,000.
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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