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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Grants to Hawaii State and Local Government Agencies
to Enhance Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

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State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division

Deadline Date:

10/02/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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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. Funding is intended for the support of all criminal justice system components, such as courts, treatment, corrections, multi-jurisdictional gang and drug task forces, and justice information sharing initiatives.

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 47%. 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 seven authorized JAG Federal 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
- Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

Applications should also focus on the following State 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
- Improving language access within the criminal justice system.

Furthermore applications shall indicate if they are:

- An evidence-based initiative, and/or
- Incorporating multi-agency collaboration to improve the criminal justice system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170494

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Project budgets shall range from $25,000 to $175,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may apply for a maximum of 10 months of funding.

Funds are anticipated to be available starting March 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are limited to State and county government agencies and applications related to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

Projects that have received a total of 48 months of JAG funding from FY 2005 – FY 2016 awards are not eligible. The JAG funds are used to support and pilot new initiatives related to improving the criminal justice
system response to crime.

The Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force (SMDTF) is exempt from the 48 month cap.

Government agencies can partner with non-governmental agencies if both determine that such partnership is mutually beneficial and supports a JAG Federal Program Area and a State Priority Area. However, the applying agency, and hence the fiscal and program agent must be a government agency.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is: 4:00 PM on October 2, 2018

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.

Contact Information:

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
(808) 586-1164

Submit applications to:
Department of the Attorney General
Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
235 S. Beretania Street, Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii