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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and
Tribes to Reduce Violent Crime and Promote Safe Neighborhoods

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

06/22/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and tribal governments for activities to reduce violent crime in local neighborhoods. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the creation and implementation of strategies that engage community members and law enforcement agencies in ending violence, preventing victimization, and promoting safe neighborhoods.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create and foster safer communities through a sustained reduction in violent crime. The program's effectiveness depends upon the ongoing coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies and community organizations working together with the communities they serve - engaged in a unified approach coordinated by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in all 94 districts. This program supports the current Administration’s goal of reducing violence in our communities and supporting survivors of violence.

With PSN, each U.S. 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 in their respective districts. That strategic plan should include information on how the PSN team will engage with the community to build trust and accountability, use law enforcement resources strategically by focusing enforcement efforts on cases that will have the most impact on the violent crime rate, and incorporate prevention and intervention strategies to help stop violent crime and victimization before they occur. PSN also strongly 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. 

PSN encourages partnerships with local prevention, intervention, and offender reentry programs that can help prevent violent crime, especially those focused on populations and youth that have been traumatized by high levels of violence in their communities who could benefit from additional support.

PSN grant funding can be used to support a wide variety of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, including Community Violence Intervention (CVI) programs — such as violence interrupters, street outreach, and hospitalbased interventions — which identify those who are at the highest risk and work to reduce violence through targeted interventions. In addition, PSN sites will have access to training and technical assistance resources to assist them in implementing promising prevention initiatives such as CVI. 

30 percent of PSN funding must be used to support gang task forces in regions in the United States experiencing a significant or increased presence of criminal or transnational organizations engaging in high levels of violent crime, firearms offenses, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.

For Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94005.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$18,000,000

Number of Grants:

93

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $200,000
- Award Floor: $0

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2021 12:00 AM
- Period of performance duration: 36 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply: PSN team fiscal agents for the federal judicial districts

All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant district 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 (including tribal nonprofit), 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 may better leverage state resources to assist in the implementation of the district’s PSN initiative.

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

OJP may not award grant funds to procure or obtain any equipment, system, or service that uses “covered telecommunications equipment or services” as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. In general, with limited exceptions, “covered telecommunications equipment or services” includes telecommunications and video surveillance equipment or services produced by a foreign entity that is specifically designated by statute, or designated by the federal government pursuant to statute.

OJP will prohibit use of award funds for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), absent advance submission of specific documentation of protections in place for privacy, civil liberties, and public safety, and of mitigation of cybersecurity risks. In addition, OJP will bar use of award funds for the purchase or use of UAS made by certain foreign entities designated by DOJ.

Pre-Application Information:

- Solicitation Release Date: May 03, 2021 5:00 PM
- Grants.gov Deadline: June 22, 2021 11:59 PM ET
- JustGrants Application Deadline: July 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date.

Prior to Registering in Grants.gov, applicants must:
- Acquire a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
- Acquire or renew registration with System for Award Management (SAM). Please note that SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete.
- Register with Grants.gov. DOJ encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline in case of processing delays.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a NEW two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. (To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a DUNS and SAM registration or renewal as noted above.)
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants at JustGrants.usdoj.gov. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants Application deadline.

For instructions on the application process and submission, see the OJP Resource Guide listeded below.

Award recipients must reserve funds in their budget to support three non-federal members of the PSN team’s participation in the 2022 PSN National Conference.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this Opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333247
For a list of related documents, press the Package tab (Click Preview) on the page above.

Watch the webinar recording: https://bja.ojp.gov/media/video/36191

Contact Information:

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

For assistance with this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting an application in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, or email support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or 833–872–5175.

CFDA Number:

16.609

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-94005

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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

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