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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs
for Projects to Reduce Serious Neighborhood Crime

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 - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants application deadline is 7/6/21 at 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for community-oriented programs to reduce serious neighborhood crime. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. The purpose of this program is to reduce serious and violent crime, including gun violence; dismantle gang activity; and strengthen local capacity to combat drug abuse. BCJI helps communities build trust and support law enforcement agencies working with these communities by integrating enforcement strategies into community- based crime reduction efforts and using this information to understand and target the issues.

A critical pillar of the BCJI Program is neighborhood empowerment. Community-oriented approaches build trust, facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources, enhance the community’s perception of the fairness and effectiveness of policies and interventions, and increase the willingness of the community and those in the criminal justice system to comply with the social mores in the community. Implementing these approaches without strong community collaboration will likely be unsuccessful and may overlook a community or neighborhood’s unique needs and challenges as well as the ability to develop and implement sustainable change. Community leaders and residents are often in the best position to motivate, implement, and sustain change over time; therefore, applications should be developed in collaboration with community members to build community support for community needs as they evolve over time and indicate how community residents will be involved as full partners throughout the project.

In FY 2021, there are two categories of awards in BCJI. Categories 1 and 2 support planning and implementation phases. Category 1 is for larger jurisdictions, and Category 2 is for smaller cities and rural jurisdictions under 100,000  per capita.
Goal:
The goal of the BCJI solicitation is to invest in jurisdictions with significant crime challenges that want long-term solutions, incorporating all four elements of the BCJI model. This includes programs aimed at developing or improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, including through community outreach and listening sessions, and supporting nonprofit organizations that focus on improving stressed relationships between law enforcement officers and communities. The BCJI model is based on the principle that sustainable reductions in violent crime require collaboration among partners in the criminal justice system, service providers, and the communities they serve. The BCJI Program approach, and the training and technical assistance (TTA) to support the model, features the following four core elements:
  1. A place-based strategy that targets locations where crime is occurring through approaches to deter future crime while integrating crime control efforts with revitalization strategies.
  2. Community engagement in shaping and sustaining crime prevention and revitalization efforts to enable success and sustainability over the long haul.
  3. Data-driven efforts to problem solve and guide program strategy, using the most effective strategies where they are needed the most, and targeting where crime is concentrated for maximum impact.
  4. Partnerships and capacity building to establish trust and promote sustainable collaboration to reduce and prevent crime in hotspots. 
Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Timeline can be found starting at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94001.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132213

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$18,900,000

Number of Grants:

Category 1: 10 awards; Category 2: 10 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: up to $1,000,000
Category 2: up to $800,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

All applicants should be aware that under federal law, 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.

Applicants also should be aware that, in accordance with DOJ and OJP policy, and with few exceptions, 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:

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. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OJP encourages applicants to review the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide.

Submission Dates and Time:
- The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov on June 22, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.
- The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by July 6, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/Apply/Resources/Grant-App-Resource-Guide.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333666

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/

Contact Information:
For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833–872–5175 or JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9.p.m. eastern time, Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of 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. Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

CFDA Number:

16.817

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-94001

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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