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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, School
Districts, and IHEs to Promote Safety and Reduce Crime

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State of Texas Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division (CJD). JAG funds are made available through a Congressional appropriation to the United States Department of Justice.

Deadline Date:

02/20/18 5:00 PM CST


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, schools districts, and IHEs to promote public safety, enhance the criminal justice system, and reduce crime. For local and regional projects, applicants are advised to contact the appropriate regional authority as early in the application process as possible.

Eligible Activities and Costs:

The following list of eligible and ineligible activities and costs apply generally to all projects under this announcement, unless otherwise noted in the purpose area-specific sections below.

1. General law enforcement or public safety;
2. Targeted prosecution or investigation;
3. Training, professional development, or technical assistance received (training performed for grantee employees or volunteers, by in-house employees or outside trainers);
4. Training, professional development, or technical assistance provided (training performed for others outside of the organization, by the grantee);
5. Equipment and technology;
6. Program evaluation and assessment;
7. Casework, non-licensed counseling, individual advocacy, or other support;
8. Counseling or treatment for substance abuse;
9. Counseling, therapy, or other care performed by a licensed professional;
10. Instruction and support for academic programs;
11. Instruction and support for employment or the workforce;
12. Instruction and support for life, social, or emotional skills;
13. Materials or curriculum development; and
14. Research or statistical activities.

Eligible Purpose Areas:

Applications must designate their project as falling under one of the below four categories of purpose areas:

-General Justice System Support
-Targeted Criminal Justice Response
-Recidivism Reduction
-Prevention or Intervention

Applications must also contain target measures that demonstrate the scope of the project. These targets will be one measure of project success and grantees will be required to report periodic progress towards them. Each of the purpose areas and sub-categories have measures that correspond to them and specific activities.

General Justice System Support:

General Justice System Support projects have a goal of improving general effectiveness or efficiency of components of the criminal justice system. Projects that target specific crimes or criminal elements should be submitted under “Targeted Criminal Justice Response”.

Projects should fall under these sub-categories:
-Operational Support. These projects will improve the general capacity and capability of criminal justice agencies through direct support of operations, including training and equipment. Examples: 1) A project to provide de-escalation training for law enforcement officers; 2) A project to purchase mobile data terminals to give law enforcement officers access to information while in the field.
-Administrative Support. These projects will improve the efficiency of criminal justice agencies in performing administrative functions. Examples: 1) A project to overhaul a police department’s workflow and processes for crime reporting; 2) A project to purchase record management system software for a court or law enforcement agency.

Targeted Criminal Justice Response:

Targeted Criminal Justice Response projects respond to specific crimes or criminal elements, with the ultimate goal of increasing the successful prosecutions of those crimes. Applications for these projects should clearly define the targeted set of crimes or criminal elements, have data on the severity of the problem, and how the project will identify and pursue offenders.

Projects should fall under these sub-categories:
-Targeted Investigations. These projects increase successful clearances for targeted sets of crime. Example: A project to conduct proactive investigations on a specific type of crime such as human trafficking, gang activity, or domestic violence.
-Specialized Prosecutions. These projects increase successful prosecutions (including convictions, deferred adjudications, and diversions) for targeted sets of crimes. Example: A project to provide a specialized prosecutor for child abuse, human/drug trafficking, or sexual assault.
-Operational Support: These projects will improve the general capacity and capability of targeted criminal justice responses through direct support of investigations or prosecutions, including equipment and training. Examples: 1) A project that replaces and/or upgrades forensic equipment used in the investigation or prosecution of specific crimes; 2) A project to provide targeted training for law enforcement officers on forensics, human trafficking, highway interdiction, gangs, border patrol, and drug trafficking; 3) A project to provide analysis of sexual assault forensic evidence kits to reduce a backlog.
-Administrative Support. These projects will improve the efficiency of criminal justice agencies in administrative functions supporting targeted responses to crime. Example: A project that provides equipment replacement and/or upgrades that improve efficacy and efficiency of targeted crime investigations such as evidence management software.

Recidivism Reduction:

Recidivism reduction projects have an ultimate goal of reducing crimes committed by offenders. Projects should fall under these sub-categories:
-Diversion and Community Supervision. These projects prevent recidivism among non- incarcerated offenders, including those enrolled in specialty court programs. Examples: 1) A project that provides increased case management and supervision for individuals on probation; 2) A project to provide substance abuse treatment to an individual enrolled in a specialty court program.
-Re-entry. These projects prevent recidivism among offenders who will – or have already – returned to the community after a sentence of incarceration. Examples: 1) A project that provides after-care for offenders who received substance abuse treatment while in jail; 2) A project to provide job training to offenders who are currently incarcerated.

Prevention or Intervention:

Prevention or Intervention projects reduce criminal or delinquent behavior and opportunities to commit crime, with the goal of reducing criminal offenses.

Projects should fall under these sub-categories:
-Criminal and Delinquent Behavior Prevention. These projects work with individuals at-risk of criminal or delinquent behavior. Example: A community-based program that provides early intervention services to individuals at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
-Public Safety and Security Awareness. These projects intervene with potential victims to reduce opportunities to commit crime. Examples: 1) A project that performs outreach to at-risk youth who may potentially become victims of sex trafficking; 2) A project to reduce drug dealing at residential rental properties by improving property management practices.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168537

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum allowed under this program is $10,000 and there is no maximum funding request.

Term of Contract:

The project period may not exceed 12 months.

The earliest start date is 10/01/2018. The latest start date is 12/01/2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by state agencies, public and private institutions of higher education, independent school districts, Native American tribes, councils of governments, nonprofit corporations (including hospitals and faith-based organizations), and units of local government, which are defined as a non-statewide governmental body with the authority to establish a budget and impose taxes.

All applications submitted by local law enforcement agencies/offices must be submitted by a unit of government affiliated with the agency, including an authorizing resolution from that unit of government. For example, police departments must apply under their municipal government, and community supervision and corrections departments, district attorneys, and judicial districts must apply through their affiliated county government (or one of the counties, in the case of agencies that serve more than one county).


Projects funded under this announcement may not be used to support the unallowable services, activities, and costs listed in the Guide to Grants (available at and:

1. Body-worn cameras (funding for body-worn cameras is available under the Body-Worn Camera Program);
2. Rifle-resistant body armor (body armor of Type III and below are eligible);
3. Construction, renovation, or remodeling;
4. Medical services;
5. Security enhancements or equipment for non-governmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety;
6. Non-law enforcement vehicles or equipment for government agencies that are for general agency use;
7. Transportation, lodging, per diem or any related costs for participants, when grant funds are used to develop and conduct training;
8. Equipment, supplies, and other direct costs associated with processing DNA evidence;
9. Law enforcement equipment that is standard department issue (not including body armor);
10. Costs associated with implementing the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) (agencies seeking funds for NIBRS projects should apply for funding under the NIBRS funding announcement);
11. Automated license plate readers, cell-site simulators, drones, or other surveillance equipment that may infringe upon the civil liberties of Texans;
12. Activities or costs in support of Operation Borderstar (agencies seeking such funding should apply under Homeland Security and Grants Division funding announcements)
13. Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state or local law or regulation.

Items on the Department of Justice controlled purchase list will be approved on a case-by-case basis and at the sole discretion of CJD. Including such items in the application may result in the delay or denial of applications.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying, contact your regional criminal justice planner (local and regional projects only). The regional Council of Governments’ (COG) Criminal Justice Advisory Committee will review local and regional applications first, and some COGs have additional, mandatory application procedures. Applicants should contact their COG’s criminal justice planner early as possible.

-Funding Announcement Release: 12/01/2017
-Online System Opening Date 12/18/2017
-Final Date to Submit an Application: 02/20/2018 at 5:00 PM CST
-Earliest Project Start Date 10/01/2018
-Latest Project Start Date: 12/01/2018

Contact Information:

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

Applications under this funding announcement must be submitted in eGrants at:

For more information, contact the eGrants help desk at:

(512) 463-1919

A COG directory is available at: justice/cjcontacts/

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas