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Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG)

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, Faith-Based Organizations,
and Public and Private Entities for Crime Prevention and Community Safety

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Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP)

Deadline Date:

07/30/19 3:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Maryland nonprofits, IHEs, agencies, faith-based organizations, and public and private entities for criminal justice activities that promote safe communities throughout the state. First-time applicants must obtain a user ID prior to applying. Funding is intended to reduce crime through law enforcement, and for prevention and planning, evaluation, and technology program activities.

Programs funded under BJAG should align with one or more of GOCCP’s five objectives:
- Develop criminal justice strategies that are coordinated at the local, state, and federal level
- Improve victim services
- Reduce victimization and criminal behavior in Maryland’s children
- Maximize the public safety returns on Maryland’s corrections spending
- Increase the availability of data to support data-driven approaches to criminal justice in Maryland

The grant can be used to fund a wide variety of initiatives in the Federal Purpose Areas listed below:
- 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)

For additional information about these funding areas, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 172081

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$2.5 million is available to local government entities. $1 million is available to state government agencies, IHEs, public and private entities, and nonprofit, nongovernmental programs.

GOCCP anticipates awards in both categories ranging from $5,000 to $350,000.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated period of performance is October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities in Maryland are eligible to submit one application for Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) funding:
- State government agencies
- Local government agencies
- Institutes of higher learning
- State/local public and private entities
- Non-profit, non-governmental victim services programs, including faith-based and community organizations

A nonprofit organization must provide proof of this status by submitting a copy of its status letter from the IRS with the application. The requirements for obtaining 501 (c)(3) status can be found on the Internal Revenue Service website (; search for ublication 557, “Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization.” If the IRS letter is not available, a letter from your organization’s authorized official listing officers, bylaws, and/or articles is permissible until such time that a copy can be obtained from the IRS.

Faith-based organizations applying for Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds do not have to lose or modify their religious identity (i.e., removing religious symbols) to be considered an eligible applicant. However, Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (BJAG) Grant funds may not be used to fund any inherently religious activity, such as prayer or worship. Inherently religious activity is permissible, although it cannot occur during an activity funded with grant funds; such religious activity must be separate (in time and/or place) from the grant funded program. Further, participation in such religious activity by individuals receiving services must be voluntary.

For a list of unallowable costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The online submission deadline is July 30, 2019, 3:00 PM. The last day to request a User ID is July 17, 2019.

Applicants must provide proof that they have a valid federal DUNS number ( and be currently registered with the System for Award Registration (SAM):

Applicants who have not previously applied through the web, go to the following web URL to obtain instructions and the information required to obtain a User ID and password:

Important Dates:
-Deadline to Request a User ID: July 17, 2019
-Deadline to Submit an Online Application: July 30, 2019, 3:00 PM
-LOI Emailed/Denial Letters Emailed: September 1, 2019
-Award Documents: September 15, 2019
-Sub-award Start Date: October 1, 2019
-Sub-award End Date: September 30, 2020

Funds are paid on a reimbursable basis.

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

Apply online through the Grants Management System:

If you have previously applied to the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, but do not have your User ID, or are having technical issues with the system, contact the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention Helpdesk via email at

Tammy Lovill, Grant Program Manager

Justice Schisler, Chief of Programs

Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2022
(410) 697-9338

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