Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) - Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety (LETS) Division
07/10/18 3:00 PM Receipt
Grants of up to $50,000 per year to Alabama nonprofit organizations and government agencies to prevent juvenile delinquency. Applications are invited for new or existing community-based projects serving parents, families members, and youth. This program seeks to strengthen families and help keep youth in their homes.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ (ADECA) Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety (LETS) Division is the State Administering Agency (SAA) for the Juvenile Justice Title II Part B Formula Grant Program. These funds are made available through the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002.
The LETS Division is now accepting applications for projects under Purpose Area: Community-Based Programs. These programs and services are those that work with:
a) Parents and other family members to strengthen families and to help keep youth in the home;
b) Youth and their families during and after confinement to ensure the youth’s safe return to the home and to strengthen the families.
Background on Title II Formula Grant Program:
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Title II Program was established in 1975. Each year funds are allocated by the federal government to be used by states for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs. 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 1974. 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 juvenile and by developing community based treatment of youthful offenders.
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. Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC): Reduce the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system at all decision points.
State Advisory Group:
The State Advisory Group is the supervisory authority established under the JJDP Act and appointed by the Governor to oversee the development and implementation of the State Juvenile Justice Plan and the delinquency prevention program. State Advisory Group members have training, experience or special knowledge in preventing and treating juvenile delinquency and/or the administration of juvenile justice.
Project Focus Areas:
The LETS Division is accepting applications for existing or new comprehensive and collaborative projects which offer Community-Based Programs that work with:
1) Parents and other family members to strengthen families and to help keep youth in the home. These programs should target juveniles who have not yet been adjudicated delinquent, but can be issued an Informal Adjustment at Intake.
2) Youth and their families during and after confinement to ensure the youth’s safe return to the home and to strengthen the families. These programs should target youth returning home after a period of confinement in the juvenile justice system.
Six focus group meetings were held throughout the state with top experts in juvenile justice in Alabama who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussions. Many Juveniles currently in the system were also interviewed individually for their perspective. Analysis of the information obtained from these meetings and interviews show that participants felt the greatest needs in addressing juvenile delinquency is to address the juvenile-family dynamics. Participants indicated there is a great need to strengthen the family units of juveniles to address issues such as effective communication/discipline, substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse, mental health issues, education, job skills training, and the cyclical histories of illiteracy, unemployment and involvement in the criminal justice system.
Programs that work with families in the home allow counselors to better observe the family dynamics and are preferred to avoid issues such as transportation to attend off-site meetings. If in-home programs are not feasible in some areas, alternative programs would also be considered.
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
-Completing education/GED for juveniles
-Job/skills training (juveniles, Parents?)
This program is seeking established programs currently providing these services that have a proven track record; existing evidence-based programs that could expand to include these services; or new programs implemented by organizations that have the proper training and resources to effectively operate a program such as this.
Several evidence-based programs available for this initiative include:
-Strengthening Families Program
-Family Check-up for Children
-Adults in the Making (alcohol and substance abuse)
-Guiding Good Choices
-The Incredible Years
-Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
-Brief Strategic Family Therapy
-Communities that Care
-NEST (Mobile-based program begun by Judge Naman)
-SPAN of Alabama
Applicants are not limited to these programs; however, proposed programs should have clear evidence of prior success. Applicants should provide evidence of interagency MOUs with local organizations that can provide services to the families, and have recommendations from both the local Children’s Policy Council and the Family Court Judge.
The programs will be evaluated annually and, dependent upon the success of the program, may be funded for a second and third year.
Personnel, training as a component of an overall program, operating expenses, equipment, and supplies are allowable expenses if they are related to the programs that address the authorized program areas. Program-related conferences and travel are also authorized. The cost of space used for the benefit of the program is allowable subject to some special conditions. Printing, publishing, duplication and other operating expenses are allowed. All expenditures must be related to the implementation of an actual program that is defined in the program narrative sections of the application.
-Grant-funded personnel must have one hundred percent of their on-site time dedicated to grant activities. (See also all non-supplanting provisions in the Grant Terms and Conditions.)
-Audit fees can be included in project budgets to cover the costs associated with an audit of the project.
GrantWatch ID#: 143843
The Division anticipates awarding up to eight projects.
The maximum subaward amount is $50,000 for a one-year period.
The Award Period will run for 12 months from October 1, 2018 until September 30, 2019 with the possibility of a one- or 2-year continuation, contingent upon the availability of funds, continuous compliance with grant management requirements, project success and future applications.
Eligible Applicants include local governments (including law enforcement, district attorneys and judicial districts), state agencies and nonprofit/local private community-based agencies.
-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.
Other Costs Generally Not Allowable:
-Per the ADECA/LETS Policy Letters:
-Compensation of Federal Employees;
-Travel of Federal Employees;
-Bonuses or Commissions;
-Costs of preparing applications for potential subgrants;
-Military type equipment;
-Cost Allocation Plans;
-Other additional costs as stated in the SAM.
A webinar offering guidelines for preparing grant applications will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM, CDST.
All applications must be received by 3:00 PM, July 10, 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Karen Clifton, Juvenile Justice Specialist
Submit applications by mail:
ADECA - LETS Division
P.O. Box 5690
Montgomery, AL 36103-5690
Submit applications by courier:
ADECA – LETS Division Mailroom 404
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104