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Juvenile Justice Grant Program

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies to
Mitigate Juvenile Delinquency and Violence in Schools

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State of Texas Governor’s Office - Criminal Justice Division (CJD)

Deadline Date:

02/20/18 5:00 PM CST


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Texas government agencies, IHEs, school districts, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations to reduce violence in schools and improve the juvenile justice system. Applicants requesting funds for local and regional projects are advised to contact the appropriate officer early in the application process.

The purpose of this announcement is to support projects that prevent violence in and around schools; and to improve the juvenile justice system and develop effective education, training, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the arena of juvenile delinquency.

Projects must fall under one of two categories: Prevention or Intervention, or Recidivism Reduction.

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

Eligible Purpose Areas:

Under this year’s funding announcement, CJD is only accepting applications for the following types of projects:

-Child Abuse and Neglect Programs. Programs that provide treatment to juvenile offenders who are victims of child abuse or neglect and to their families to reduce the likelihood that such youth offenders will commit subsequent violations of law.

-Diversion. Programs to divert youth from entering the juvenile justice system including restorative justice programs.

-Mental Health Services. Programs providing mental health services for youth in custody in need of such services including, but are not limited to assessment, development of individualized treatment plans, and discharge plans.

-Aftercare/Reentry. Community-based programs that prepare targeted youth to successfully return to their homes and communities after secure confinement. These programs focus on preparing youth offenders for release and providing a continuum of follow up post- placement services to promote successful reintegration into the community.

-Community-Based Programs and Services. These programs and services are those that work pre- and post-confinement with: a) parents and other family members to strengthen families to help keep youth in their homes; b) youth during confinement and their families to ensure safe return of youth home and to strengthen the families; and c) parents with limited English-speaking ability.

-Delinquency Prevention. Comprehensive juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs that meet needs of youth through collaboration of the many local systems before which a youth may appear, including schools, courts, law enforcement agencies, child protection agencies, mental health agencies, welfare services, health care agencies and private nonprofit agencies offering youth services.

-Disproportionate Minority Contact. Programs, research, or other initiatives primarily to address situations where there are a disproportionate number of people from one or more minority groups coming into contact with the juvenile justice system.

-Job Training. Projects to enhance the employability of youth or prepare them for future employment. Such programs may include job readiness training, apprenticeships, and job referrals.
Applications must also designate their project as falling under one of the below three Purpose Areas: (Recidivism Reduction)

-Diversion and Community Supervision

-Re-Entry (Prevention or Intervention)

-Criminal Behavior Prevention

CJD Funding Announcement - Juvenile Justice Grant Program:

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.

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. Example: A project that provides case management services and resources such as substance abuse treatment, mental health services, counseling, and job training to defer a delinquent youth from secure custody.

-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 counseling and casework for juvenile offenders who are being released from state custody; 2) A project to provide job training to juvenile offenders who are currently incarcerated.

Prevention or Intervention:

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

-Criminal and Delinquent Behavior Prevention. These projects work with individuals at-risk of delinquent behavior. Examples: 1) A project in a school that provides early intervention services to at-risk students to deter them from continuing or entering the juvenile justice system; 2) A community-based program that works with at-risk youth to prevent their involvement in the justice system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168538

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:

Continuation projects may not exceed a 12-month period.

The earliest project start date is October 1, 2018. The latest project start date is December 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by state agencies, public and private institutions of higher education, independent school districts, Native American tribal governments, 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 district attorneys, judicial districts, juvenile boards, and juvenile probation departments 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* and:
1. Emergency shelter or housing;
2. General law enforcement or public safety;
3. Legal assistance;
4. Remodeling or construction;
5. Targeted prosecution or investigation;
6. Medical services;
7. Security enhancements or equipment for non-governmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety;
8. Non-law enforcement vehicles or equipment for government agencies that are for general agency use;
9. Transportation, lodging, per diem or any related costs for participants, when grant funds are used to develop and conduct training;
10. Equipment, supplies, and other direct costs associated with processing DNA evidence;
11. Law enforcement equipment that is standard department issue (not including body armor); and
12. Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state or local law or regulation.

*Guide to Grants - Unallowable Costs:

The Request for Applications for each grant program may set out additional unallowable costs. However, there are some costs that are never allowed:
-Supplanting or the use of grant funds to replace any other existing federal, state or local funds
-Inherently religious activities such as prayer, worship, religious instruction, or proselytization
-Promotional gifts
-Any salary or compensation for an elected or appointed city, county, or state government official
-Land acquisition
-Bad debts
-Contributions or donations
-General government expenses
-Idle facilities
-Contingency line items
-Goods or services for personal use
-Mortgage payments
-Compensation for federal personnel
-CJD or HSGD prohibited equipment -Lobbying
-Corporate formation
-Fines and penalties
-Credit card fees
-Passport charges
-Alcoholic beverages and related costs
-Advertising, except for hiring and contracting (does not include information sharing and promotion critical to program implementation)
-Prepaid credit, debit, or store cards
-Membership dues for individuals
-Vehicles or equipment for government agencies that are for general agency use
-Costs incurred outside the project period, unless approved by CJD or HSGD

Pre-Application Information:

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: 2/20/2018 at 5:00 PM CST
-Earliest Project Start Date 10/01/2018
-Latest Project Start Date: 12/01/2018

Each applicant is required to submit a complete Grant Application Kit to OOG through eGrants. Instructions for submitting an application kit are available here:

Resources for Applicants and Grantees:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas