Nebraska Crime Commission (NCC)
12/18/17 5:00 PM CST
Grants to Nebraska counties and tribes to implement a comprehensive community plan to address juvenile crime. Programs and services must target youth ages 11-18. Preference will be given to services and programs that divert youth from the justice system, reduce the amount of youth in juvenile detention, positively impact and effectively treat youth within the system, and assist juveniles transitioning from out-of-home placements to in-home treatments.
Funds received through the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program shall be used exclusively to assist the aid recipient in the implementation and operation of programs or the provision of services identified in the aid recipient’s community plan, including programs for local planning and service coordination; screening, assessment, and evaluation; diversion; alternatives to detention; family support services; treatment services; truancy prevention and intervention programs; pilot projects approved by the commission; payment of transportation costs to and from placements, evaluations, or services; personnel when the personnel are aligned with evidence-based treatment principles, programs, or practices; contracting with other state agencies or private organizations that provide evidence-based treatment or programs; preexisting programs that are aligned with evidence-based practices or best practices; and other services that will positively impact juveniles and families in the juvenile justice system.
The goal is for these dollars to serve as many youth as possible in Nebraska. While efforts for system improvement are an important part of the process, special consideration on the amount of funds allocated toward system improvement costs that do not directly serve youth should be thoroughly examined by your community planning team. In the future, it may be required that a majority of funds be allocated to direct service and intervention; system improvement costs will be closely examined.
Comprehensive Juvenile Services Community Plan:
To be eligible for the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program, a three year comprehensive juvenile services community plan (community plan) shall be developed, adopted, and submitted to the Nebraska Crime Commission. The community plan must be developed by a community team representing juvenile justice system stakeholders. The community team may be comprised of individual counties, multiple counties, federal or state recognized tribes, or any combination of the listed communities. Community plans shall:
-Provide relevant county/tribe-level data, including but not limited to, types of data listed within the community planning resources that support the existence of the problem that the planning team will address;
-Identify clearly defined community priorities of the community planning team, that includes defining a problem, or set of problems, that affects juveniles at risk or those already involved in the criminal justice system;
-Identify programs and practices for addressing the community’s priorities. Such programs and practices shall be supported by evidence-based practice, research, or are standardized and have reliably demonstrated positive outcomes in other areas of juvenile services;
-Identify clear implementation strategies; and
-Identify how the impact of the program or service will be measured in alignment with evidence-based practices or research.
Any portion of the community plan dealing with administration, procedures, and programs of the juvenile court will not be submitted to the Nebraska Crime Commission without the concurrence of the presiding Judge or Judges of the court or courts having jurisdiction in juvenile cases for the geographic area to be served. Programs or services established by such community plans will conform to the family policy tenets prescribed in sections 43-532 and 43-533 and will include policies and practices that are research-based or standardized; and are reliable; and are implemented with fidelity; and which have been researched; and demonstrate positive outcomes. To be eligible for funding, community plans shall be submitted to the Nebraska Crime Commission for the timeframe July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018.
It is essential that communities have programs to prevent youth from becoming unnecessarily involved in the juvenile justice system. These programs should be available at multiple points throughout the system, providing every opportunity to exit the system. Such programs rarely occur by chance; they are almost always the result of careful community planning. Community planning can also be used to: assess current programs, identify preventive measures to keep youth from entering the juvenile justice system, pinpoint duplication and gaps in services to youth, and focus on effective, research-proven strategies.
A community planning team should represent the unique needs of its community. A large community or region looks very different from a small community. There are differences in resources, personnel, and priorities. Thus, the planning team should be tailored around the identity of its community. Representatives from the following key access points should be included on the team: public and private kindergarten – twelve education; prevention and mentoring programs; ministry and faith-based programs; law enforcement; juvenile diversion; juvenile probation; county attorneys in juvenile court; public defenders, defense attorneys, and guardians ad litem; office of juvenile service and health and human services; juvenile judges and juvenile court personnel; treatment providers; post-adjudication services or detention; consumers, including youth and families; and community-based organizations.
-Postage Expense: Cost of postal services, including advances for postage meter expenses, post office box rental, stamps, etc.
-Communication Expense: Includes voice, data, and internet; costs for telephone and other telecommunications services.
-Food and/or Beverage: Costs for youth in conjunction with a program or service through the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program.
-Dues & Subscription Expense: Costs of dues, subscription, memberships, royalty fees, annual license fees, notary fees; as it pertains to the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program. Subject to reviewer discretion.
-Conference Registration: Registration fee for employees’ attendance at a conference or similar event. An agenda is required before final payment can be made.
-E-Commerce Expense: Costs of renting webpage space and related fees. Costs and fees for using online information services and data bases.
-Educational & Recreational Expense: Supplies used educational (including training sessions and conferences) and recreational purposes such as sporting equipment, teaching aids, books, manuals, workbooks, videos, etc.
-Utilities Expense: Includes natural gas, electricity, water, sewer, chilled water, coal, propane, and steam.
-Auditing Expense: Contractual services for the state auditor or other auditing, accounting, and CPA firms.
-Scholarships: Costs for scholarships provided to youth are allowable on a case-by-case basis. Provide proper documentation that illustrates a positive effect on youth.
-Incentives: Costs for incentives provided to youth are allowable on a case-by-case basis. Provide proper documentation that illustrates a positive effect on youth.
GrantWatch ID#: 176655
Nebraska Crime Commission requires that funded projects be implemented within 30 days from the start date listed on the grant award, or as specified by the Chief of the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program.
The project period for the 2018 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. The project period may start on July 1, 2018; however, disbursement may occur several weeks thereafter.
Applicants are limited to individual counties, multiple counties, federal or state recognized Indian tribes, or any combination of the entities listed. These listed entities are herein referred to as communities. If two or more communities partner on a single application, there must be one community designated as the Lead County/Lead Tribe to receive and disburse grant funds.
Communities may contract with private or nonprofit agencies to administer programs and services with community-based funds; however, communities cannot require contracted agencies to provide the match. The Lead County/Lead Tribe is responsible for all funds and must adhere to all requirements and contingences as outlined by the Nebraska Crime Commission.
In partnership with the Administrative Office of Probation, it has been agreed that programs, services, and placements primarily benefiting youth adjudicated delinquent, do not qualify for funding through the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program.
-Office Equipment: Includes purchase and rent of all office equipment and furniture, office furnishings, desks, chairs, bookcases, copying and faxing machines, etc.
-Office Space: Includes purchase and rent of space for office, warehousing, permanent parking facilities (state cars only) and storage.
-Overtime Costs: Costs associated with overtime rate of pay for personnel. This includes personnel for agencies who are subcontracted through this grant.
-Office Supplies: Costs of office supplies, such as stationery, forms, paper, ink, unexposed film, desk mat, calendars, stapler, floor mats, pens, pencils, pictures, inkjet/toner cartridges, ribbons, bookends, key, batteries, books, etc. These include expenses incurred in publishing reports and legal notices, advertising, duplication and copying services, book binding, picture framing, film processing, photographic services, etc.
-Indirect Organizational Costs: Charges to a grant or contract for indirect costs which include costs of an organization that are not readily assignable to a particular project, but are necessary to the operation of the organization and the performance of the project. Examples of costs usually treated as indirect include those incurred for facility operation and maintenance, depreciation, and administrative salaries.
-Construction of Facilities: Construction of secure detention facilities, secure youth treatment facilities, secure youth confinement facilities, capital construction of facilities, capital expenditures, and the lease or acquisition of such facilities.
-Food and/or Beverage: Costs are unallowable under any grant, cooperative agreement, and/or contract. Therefore, food and/or beverages cannot be purchased for any meeting, conference, training, or other event. This restriction does not impact direct payment of per diem amounts to individuals attending a meeting or conference, as long as they fall within the guidelines. Additionally, this restriction does not impact costs for youth in programs or receiving services.
Counties/Tribes are required to provide a 10% match of the total project cost documented in the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid grant application.
All applications are due by 5:00 PM (CST) on Monday, December 18, 2017.
Grant Approval Timeline:
-September 11, 2017: Grant Announcement
-December 18, 2017: Application Due Date
-February 2018: NCJJ Community Planning Advisory Subcommittee Review
-February 2018: NCJJ Grant Subcommittee Review
-March 2018: Commission Funding Panel Final Review and Funding Determination
-May 2018: Nebraska Crime Commission (Appeals Only)
Community plans are located at:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Cynthia Kennedy, Chief
Danni McGown, Grants Financial Monitor
Submit Applications to Mailing Address:
Nebraska Crime Commission
P.O. Box 94946
Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska Crime Commission, 5th Floor
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509