Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
Grants to Hawaii State and Local Government Agencies
to Enhance Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
to Enhance Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
06/26/17 4:00 PM Receipt
Grants starting at $25,000 to Hawaii county and State government agencies for a broad range of projects to enhance the criminal justice system and reduce crime. This program supports all criminal justice system components, such as courts, treatment, corrections, multi-jurisdictional gang and drug task forces, and justice information sharing initiatives.
JAG funded projects may also address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.
The JAG program requires that the State passes through a pre-determined percentage (variable pass through) of funds to benefit county agencies. Hawaii’s variable pass through rate is 46.4%. If a project administered by a State agency wants to be counted as a variable pass through for JAG purposes, it may do so if the project will directly benefit a unit(s) of local government, and if each local jurisdiction to benefit voluntarily signs a waiver.
This waiver must certify that the local jurisdiction recognizes that the funds in question are set aside for local government use; believes that the proposed project will provide a direct local benefit; and agrees that funding the project at the State level is in the best interests of the unit of local government.
Federal funds must be used to supplement existing funds for program activities and cannot replace or supplant nonfederal funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.
Applications must fall under one of six authorized JAG program areas:
-Law enforcement programs
-Prosecution and court programs
-Corrections and community corrections programs
-Drug treatment and enforcement programs
-Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
-Prevention and education programs
Applications should also focus on the following priority areas:
-A comprehensive response to sex assault or elder abuse;
-Reducing drug threats and drug related crimes;
-Reducing property crime;
-Reducing recidivism rates or improving reentry efforts;
-Improving forensic science capabilities;
-Improving records management systems and integrated justice information sharing;
-Reducing juvenile offenses utilizing a coordinated response; or
-Improving language access within the criminal justice system. Furthermore, if applicable, applications shall indicate if they are: an evidence-based initiative, and/or incorporating multi-agency collaboration to improve the criminal justice system.
Preferably, project budgets should range from $25,000 to $175,000.
Applicants may apply for a maximum of 12 months of funding per project.
Funds are anticipated to be available starting January 1, 2018. Earlier start dates may be negotiated if needed.
Applicants are limited to State and county government agencies and applications related to criminal justice functions and support.
Projects that received a total of 48 months of JAG funding are not eligible. The multi-jurisdictional drug interdiction task forces are exempt from the 48 month cap. The JAG funds are to support and pilot new initiatives related to improving the criminal justice system response to crime.
New initiatives are defined as projects that enhance and/or improve the criminal justice system.
Government agencies can partner with non-governmental agencies if both determine that such partnership is mutually beneficial and supports a JAG program area. However, the applying agency and hence the fiscal and program agent must be a government agency.
System for Award Management (SAM) and DUNS No. Registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and having a DUNS Number are requirements of the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG program and hence, are mandatory requirements for all applying State and County government agencies.
As in past years, all applications must be submitted through the agency head – e.g., director, chief of police, prosecuting attorney, administrative director of the courts, etc. If an agency submits more than one application, the agency must rank the applications from high to low priority with “1” being the highest priority.
Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 4:00 PM, June 26, 2017.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Dawn Martin, Criminal Justice Planning Specialist
Department of the Attorney General
Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
235 S. Beretania Street, Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96813
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