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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Faith-Based Organizations to Reduce Crime and Enhance Community Safety

Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Maryland Governors Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
CFDA Number: 16.738
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/16/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and faith-based organizations for programs that enhance safety in local communities. New applicants must complete online registration prior to applying. Funding priorities include law enforcement enhancements, crime and violence reduction, and wellness, mental health, and crisis intervention programs.

The primary purpose of BJAG funding is to reduce existing gaps in services that aim to decrease violent crime, assist crime victims, and improve enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, detention, and rehabilitation efforts. The Office has undertaken a comprehensive, three-tier plan focused on expanded collaboration amongst law enforcement, crime prevention, justice system-involved youth, and victim service communities to create a safer Maryland. This program supports the Office’s objectives as follows:

  • Developing criminal justice strategies that are coordinated at the local, State, and federal level.
  • Improving victim services for Maryland residents.
  • Improving the wellbeing for all Maryland children and youth.
  • Maximizing the public safety returns on Maryland’s corrections spending.
  • Increasing the availability of data to support data-driven approaches to criminal justice issues in Maryland.

Federal Purpose Areas:

  • Law enforcement and task forces programs
  • Prosecution and court programs
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections and community corrections programs
  • Drug treatment and drug court programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation programs)
  • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

Preference will be given to those strategies that are aligned with best practices, evidence-based practices, and data-driven decision-making processes. The BJAG State Priority Areas are:

  • Crime/Violence Reduction
  • Domestic Violence / Intimate Partner Violence Investigations and Effective Prosecutions
  • Wellness, Mental Health and Crisis Intervention Training and Programs
  • Public Safety Enhancements
  • Drug Identification, Evaluation, and Awareness Efforts
  • Specialized Law Enforcement Trainings
  • Corrections, Courts and Prosecutorial Enhancements
  • Addressing Bias and Racism in the Justice System

For additional information about these priority areas, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following entities in Maryland are eligible to submit one application for SFY 2023 Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) Program funding:
- Local law enforcement
- State law enforcement
- Local government agencies
- State government agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Faith-based and community organizations
- Institutions of higher learning

Faith-based organizations applying for BJAG funding do not have to relinquish or modify their religious identity (e.g., remove religious symbols) to be considered eligible applicants. However, BJAG funding may not be used to fund any inherently religious activity, such as prayer or worship. Organizations may continue to engage in inherently religious activities; however, such activities may not coincide with activities funded by the grant—i.e., such religious activities must be separate (in time and place) from the grant funded activity. Further, any participation in religious activities by individuals receiving services provided under the grant must be voluntary.

The Office will not support the continuation of past years’ projects funded through the BJAG program.

The following services, activities, and costs cannot be supported with BJAG funding:
- Security enhancements or equipment to any nongovernmental entity that is not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.
- Vehicles, vessels, or aircraft, including unmanned aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and unmanned aerial systems
- Luxury items
- Real estate
- Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions)

The list above is not exhaustive. The Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services reserves the right to make additional budget reductions/restrictions and adjustments at its discretion.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Note: A NOFA Technical Assistance Call will be held from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, May 15, 2023 using Google Meet.

Call in number: 1-512-813-1344
PIN: 916 822 704#
Meeting Link: Join with Google Meet:

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- NOFA Technical Assistance Call: May 15, 2023
- Deadline to Request a User ID: June 2, 2023
- Deadline to Submit an Online Application: June 16, 2023, 11:59 PM
- Letters of Intent Emailed/Denial Letters Emailed: August 2023
- Award Documents: September 2023
- Sub-award Start Date: October 1, 2023
- Sub-award End Date: September 30, 2024

In order to use the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services’
web-based application you must have a User ID. If you have not previously applied through the web, go to the following URL to obtain instructions and the information required to obtain a User ID and password:

The last day to request a User ID is Friday, June 2, 2023. If you have previously applied through the web, use your existing User ID and password.

Only one application may be submitted per agency/organization.

The Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services will distribute awarded funds to grantees on a quarterly reimbursement of expenditures basis.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 60 awards

Estimated Size of Grant
- General BJAG Formula Funds: $20,000 to $100,000
- Local BJAG Formula Funds: $20,000 to $100,000
- Small Jurisdictions BJAG Formula Funds: $10,000 to $40,000
- National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) BJAG Formula Funds: $10,000 to $25,000
- Specialized Training BJAG Formula Funds: $1,000 to $5,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Period of Performance: October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you need technical application assistance, please contact:

Quentin Jones
BJAG Grant Manager

Courtney Thomas
BJAG Fiscal Specialist

Glenn Grayman
Assistant Director of Grant Administration

If you need assistance with program criteria or program design for Criminal Justice initiatives, please contact:

Holly Barrett
Director, Police Accountability & Community Engagement

Kathryn “Kate” Ganley
BJAG Policy and Data Analyst

Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2022
(410) 697-9338

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