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Grants to Alabama Nonprofits and Agencies for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention

Juvenile Justice Title II Part B Formula Grant Program

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) - Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety (LETS) Division

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #143843

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Alabama nonprofit community-based organizations and local and state government agencies for programs that prevent young people from entering the juvenile justice system. Funding is intended to support new or existing community-based projects that serve youth, parents, and family members. This program seeks to strengthen families and help keep youth in their homes by reducing risks and improving protective factors.

The LETS Division is now accepting applications for projects under Purpose Area: Community-Based Programs. These programs and services are those that work with:

  1. Parents and other family members to strengthen families and to help keep youth in the home;
  2. Youth and their families during and after confinement to ensure the youth’s safe return to the home and to strengthen the families.

The Title II Grants program is founded on a research-based framework that focuses on reducing risks and enhancing protective factors to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system. It offers funding to promote the development of effective programs to prevent delinquency, divert juveniles from the juvenile justice system, provide alternatives to institutionalization, and meet the requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2018. The JJDPA sought to protect juveniles from the psychological and physical harms that may occur if exposed to adult offenders by establishing guidelines for states to follow in the treatment of juveniles and by developing community-based treatment of youthful offenders.

Core Requirements for Title II Part B Formula Grants:

Each state that accepts funding through the JJDP Act must maintain compliance with the four Core Requirements of the Act as listed below. Alabama continues to maintain compliance with all Core Requirements.

  1. Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO): Youth who are charged with or who have committed an offense that would not be criminal if committed by an adult shall not be placed in secure detention facilities or secure correctional facilities.
  2. Separation of Youth from Adults “Sight and Sound Separation”: A youth who is alleged to be delinquent will not be detained or confined in any institution in which they have contact with adult inmates.
  3. Jail Removal: Provide that no youth will be detained or confined in any jail or lockup for adults except youth who are accused of non-status offenses and who are detained in such jail or lockup for a period not to exceed 6 hours.
  4. Racial and Ethnic Disparity (R/ED): Reduce the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system at all decision points.

Specific areas of focus that may be included in a program to assist juveniles and their families include but are not limited to:

  • Parental training in effective communication and disciplining of children
  • Substance abuse issues of parents and juveniles
  • Domestic Violence
  • Completing education/GED for juveniles
  • Job/skills training (juveniles, Parents)
  • Mental Health school-based programs (ages 9-17)

For examples of evidence-based programs available for this initiative, as well as allowable expenses, see Page 5 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants include local governments (including law enforcement, district attorneys, and judicial districts), state agencies, and nonprofit/local private community-based agencies.

Unallowable Expenses:
- Any expenditures that are not a part of an approved program or project (within the authorized program areas) are not allowable;
- Formula grant funds may not be used to supplant or replace existing state or local criminal or juvenile justice funds. Any expenditures must increase the existing amount of funds available for eligible activities;
- The purchase of land is not an allowable expense;
- The purchase of vehicles is not an allowable expense;
- The use of Formula Grant funds for construction projects is prohibited.
- Food and incentives

For additional unallowable costs, see Page 6 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Information - All applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., June 16, 2022.

Late Applications submitted after the due date will not be considered. Any items arriving to the office separate of the original application submission will not be added to the application. The Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division reserves the right to reject any incomplete proposals without review.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum subaward amount is $50,000 for a one-year period.

Term of Contract:

The Award Period will run from October 1, 2022, until September 30, 2023. Continued funding will be contingent upon the availability of funds, continuous compliance with grant management requirements, project success and future applications.

Contact Information:

Applications must be submitted in the new online grants management system:

Questions pertaining to this Request for Application may be submitted by email to Buffy Smelley, Juvenile Justice Program Manager, at

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104​

Phone: (334) 242-5100
Fax: (334) 242-5099

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