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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, and Nonprofits to
Reduce Violent Crime and Promote Safe Neighborhoods

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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06/25/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofits, faith-based or community organizations, and tribal governments to create task forces to reduce violent crime and promote safe neighborhoods. Applicants must verify or create the required registrations in advance of the deadline.

With Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), each United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) is responsible for establishing a collaborative team of federal, state, local, and tribal (where applicable) law enforcement and community partners to implement a strategic plan for investigating, prosecuting, and preventing violent crime. Through the PSN team (referred to as the “PSN task force”), each district will implement the five design features of PSN—leadership, partnership, targeted and prioritized enforcement, prevention, and accountability—to address violent crime in their respective districts. PSN also encourages the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and make communities safer. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to direct resources to the highest priorities.

There are five PSN design features that all PSN grant applicants must address in their PSN strategy. The five design features are:

1. Leadership: United States Attorneys, working with state, local, and tribal law enforcement, are the cornerstone of the law enforcement response to crime in their jurisdictions, and are best positioned to take the leadership role in developing and implementing a crime-reduction program. This includes serving as a convener to ensure coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, and among existing initiatives and task forces that can help reduce violent crime.

2. Partnership: The USAO must work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors, as well as the community. Under the leadership of the USAO, the PSN task force typically includes federal and local prosecutors; federal law enforcement agencies; local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies; probation and parole agencies; and the certified fiscal agent. The involvement of local government leaders, social service providers, neighborhood leaders, members of the faith community, and business leaders also enhances a task force’s effectiveness. PSN sites also have the option of engaging a research partner. For information on identifying and working with a research partner, please see the Q&A pdf in Supporting Documents, below.

3. Targeted and Prioritized Enforcement: PSN requires each district to develop data-driven strategies to target enforcement efforts in locations with significant violent crime problems and against offenders who are driving the violence. District-based enforcement efforts must accomplish three goals: 1) identify the locations within the district that have the most significant issues with violence; 2) identify the offenders who are driving the violence in those areas; and 3) prosecute those offenders to provide the most certain and appropriate sanctions.

4. Prevention: The PSN task force must develop effective relationships with community leaders and residents, understand the needs and priorities of the community, and effectively communicate how law enforcement efforts are helping to reduce crime and increase public safety. Additionally, PSN encourages partnerships with local prevention and offender reentry programs that can help prevent violent crime.

5. Accountability: PSN maintains accountability by measuring outcomes (i.e., reduction of violent crime), as well as number and quality of investigations and prosecutions. PSN task forces must collect and analyze relevant data that focus on these relevant outcomes.

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GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Number of Grants:

BJA expects to make 93 awards.

Term of Contract:

BJA expects to make awards for project periods of up to 36 months, beginning on October 1, 2019.

Award recipients will have up to 6 months to develop the team’s PSN SAP.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) team fiscal agents for the federal judicial districts. All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant United States Attorney’s Office (USAO). Eligible USAO-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

BJA recommends that districts select their current PSN fiscal agent, or consider using the State Administering Agency (SAA) for DOJ funding because SAAs can better leverage state resources to assist in the implementation of the district’s PSN initiative. SAAs have experience in administering competitive funding processes and have established policies and procedures to manage and monitor grant subawards.

For a list of SAAs, visit

NOTE: If an applicant is a fiscal agent that has not received the required certification by its local USAO, its application will not be considered for funding.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

The agency acting as the fiscal agent cannot also be a contract or subaward recipient of PSN award funding; i.e., they will not receive grant funding other than to pass through/distribute funds at the local level.

In addition, as discussed below, to the extent the fiscal agent is a state or local government entity, in order to validly accept this award, the chief legal officer of that entity must properly execute, and the fiscal agent must submit, the specific certification regarding compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373. (Note: this requirement does not apply to Indian tribal governments.)

Pre-Application Information:

All registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 25, 2019.

An applicant must submit its application through the Grants Management System (GMS), which provides support for the application, award, and management of awards at OJP. Each applicant entity must register in GMS for each specific funding opportunity. Although the registration and submission deadlines are the same, OJP urges each applicant entity to register promptly, especially if this is the first time the applicant is using the system. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application in GMS at

Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS Number) and System for Award Management (SAM)
Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements.

If the applicant entity already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the entity does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining the information from IRS when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants Management System Support Hotline at 888-549-9901, option 3, or via email at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming