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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Grants to South Carolina Agencies and Nonprofits
to Improve the Criminal Justice System

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South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) - Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP)

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01/19/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to South Carolina state government agencies, local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to implement projects with a high potential to improve the criminal justice system. Special emphasis is placed on activities that advance state and national drug control priorities.


The South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) has been designated as the State Administrative Agency (SAA) of the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for South Carolina. The purpose of the JAG Program is to assist state agencies and units of local government in carrying out specific programs which offer a high probability of improving the functioning of the criminal justice system. Special emphasis is placed on projects that advance national and state drug control priorities.

In accordance with the JAG, grant funds may be awarded to state agencies and units of local government for the purposes of enforcing state and local laws that establish offenses similar to offenses established in the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.); improving the functioning of the criminal justice system; and emphasizing prevention and control of violent crime and serious offenders.

Grants may provide for personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance, and criminal justice information systems for the more widespread apprehension, prosecution, adjudication, detention and rehabilitation of persons who violate criminal laws. In addition, funds are available for projects that facilitate the implementation of innovative initiatives aimed at crime and drug control.

Seven program areas define the nature and scope of programs and projects which may be funded.

Allowable Expenses:

1. Personnel, training as a component of an overall program, equipment, and supplies are allowable expenses if they are related to the authorized program areas. All expenditures must be related to the implementation of an actual program. This program must be defined in the program narrative sections of the application.

2. All grant-funded personnel must have one hundred percent of their time dedicated to grant activities (See also all non-supplanting provisions in the Grant Terms and Conditions.).

3. JAG funds may be used to purchase police cruisers (marked or unmarked). A police cruiser is defined as a vehicle used in the ordinary course for performing routine patrolling duties. The OHSJP will confirm that vehicles purchased as police cruisers are actually used for patrol duties in accordance with the conditions of the grant award.

Program Areas:

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following program areas:

-Law enforcement programs
-Prosecution and court programs
-Prevention and education programs
-Corrections and community corrections programs
-Drug treatment programs
-Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
-Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)

Justice Assistance Grant Program Funding Priorities (in alphabetical order):

A. Child/Elder Abuse
-Child/Elder Abuse Investigators
-Child/Elder Abuse Prosecutors

B. Court System Efficiency
-Improving Court Technology and Security
-Specialized Prosecutors

C. Criminal Justice Information Systems
-LiveScan Device and AFIS
-Records Improvement Systems

D. Domestic Violence
-Domestic Violence Investigators
-Domestic Violence Prosecutors

E. Drug and Violent Crime Enforcement
-Multijurisdictional Task Forces
-Methamphetamine Enforcement
-Gang Investigators
-School Resource Officers
-Crime Scene/Forensic Investigators

F. Law Enforcement Equipment
-Priority will be given to agencies that do not receive direct JAG awards

G. State and Local Forensic Laboratories
-Enhancement of Laboratories
-Regional Drug Analysis Laboratories

H. White Collar Crime
-White Collar Crime/Identity Theft Investigators

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177546

Term of Contract:

Projects may be funded on a yearly basis for a period not to exceed three years, based on an annual evaluation of current-year grant performance.

Exceptions to this policy are narcotics multijurisdictional task force (NMJTF) projects, regional multijurisdictional task force (RMJTF) projects, and criminal history records improvement projects, which are eligible for a maximum of five years of funding. However, funding for these projects are also considered on a yearly basis, based on an annual evaluation of the current-year grant performance and availability of federal funds.

There is never a guarantee of continuation funding for any program or project. To expand or enhance an existing program, the current level of program activity must be maintained.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant awards may be made to state agencies, local units of government, and nonprofit agencies. A "local unit of government" is defined as any city, county, town, township or other general purpose political subdivision of a state.

In addition, the following points should be noted regarding eligible applicants:

A. Police departments, sheriffs' offices and public defender's offices are not eligible to apply directly, but would be the implementing agency for the grant. A city or county would be the legal applicant/recipient and manage grant funds on behalf of the implementing department or agency.

B. State courts (courts of general jurisdiction) are eligible to apply for funds. However, local courts (magistrate and municipal courts) similar to police departments, would have to apply through their local units of government.

C. A solicitor's office, for grant purposes, is funded as an office within a lead county. The lead county must meet the following requirements:
a. Maintain the financial records for the grant;
b. Include the solicitor's office in its payroll records; and
c. Include the financial records of the grants to the solicitor's office in its
organization-wide audit.

D. Information for the following individuals will be required on the Grant Application:
a. Project Director – Implementing Agency/Department Head, or person involved in the daily operations of the project.
b. Financial Officer - City or County Finance Director, or state agency Chief Financial Officer; and
c. Official Authorized to Sign - Mayor, City or County Administrator, or state agency director

Prohibited Expenses:

1. Executive Order 13688 on Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition: Any items listed below or projects related to these items are strictly prohibited under JAG. These projects and/or items cannot be approved under any circumstances.

-Tracked armored vehicles
-Weaponized aircraft, vessels, and vehicles of any kind
-Firearms and/or ammunition with a caliber of .50 or higher
-Grenade Launchers
-Camouflage Uniforms (digital pattern)*

*Woodland and desert patterns are allowable based on operational needs. Camouflage may not be worn in urban or populous areas.

2. New-Controlled Expenditures under JAG statute and Executive Order 13688 on Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition: Any projects and/or items listed below are now unallowable under JAG per the OHSJP. This list is a combination of items controlled under Executive Order 13688 on Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition and/or statutorily by the JAG Program.

These items will not be considered for funding:
-Luxury items and real estate
-Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions)
-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Unmanned Aircraft (UA) and/or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
-Wheeled Armored Vehicles
-Bus / RV (Recreational Vehicle) / Command Vehicle
-*Helicopter (Non-Police Patrol)
-*SUV (Non-Police Patrol)
-*Boat (Non-Police Patrol)
-*Segway, Golf Cart, ATV or similar (Non-Police Patrol)
-Command and/or Control Vehicles (Any wheeled vehicle either purpose-built or modified to facilitate the operational control and direction of public safety units responding to an incident). Command and Control Vehicles are similar to a recreational vehicle and can accommodate multiple people at multiple workstations in the command center.
-Tactical Vehicles, Wheeled (A vehicle purpose-built to operate on- and off- road in support of military operations, such as a HMMWV ("Humvee"), 2.5- ton truck, 5-ton truck, or a vehicle with a breaching or entry apparatus attached).
-Manned aircraft, fixed and/or rotary wing
-Specialized firearms and ammunition under .50 caliber (This includes launchers specifically designed and built to launch less lethal projectiles but excludes service-issued handguns, rifles, or shotguns that are issued or approved by the agency to be used during the course of regularly assigned duties.)
-Breaching Apparatus (battering ram or similar entry device) Tools designed to provide law enforcement rapid entry into a building or through a secured doorway. These tools may be mechanical in nature (a battering ram connected to a vehicle or a propellant), ballistic (slugs), or explosive; however, this category does not include dual purpose tools such as a sledgehammer or bolt cutter.
-Riot Helmets, shields, and/or batons (excluding service-issued telescopic or fixed-length straight batons)
-Explosives and pyrotechnics

*Only prohibited if the vehicle is NOT being used in the ordinary course by police forces in the United States for patrol activities.

3. Any expenditure that is not a part of an approved program or project (within the authorized program areas) is unallowable.

4. Grant funds may not be used to supplant existing state or local criminal justice funds. Any grant expenditures must increase the existing amount of funds available for eligible activities.

5. The purchase of land is an unallowable expense.

6. "Buy money" used in narcotics enforcement is an unallowable expense.

7. JAG funds may not be expended to purchase, lease, rent, or acquire any of the following: ammunition, association fees, vehicle insurance and maintenance.

Financial Requirements:
An assurance that JAG funds will not be used to supplant local funding must be provided in the application as stated in Grant Terms and Conditions. This certification attests that federal funds will be used to supplement existing funds for program activities, not replace funds already appropriated for the same purpose. Potential supplanting will be the subject of post- award monitoring and audit. If there is a potential presence of supplanting, the applicant or subgrantee will be required to supply documentation demonstrating that the reduction in non- federal resources occurred for reasons other than the receipt or expected receipt of federal funds. Violations of this requirement can result in recoupment of monies provided under this grant in addition to possible civil, and/or criminal penalties.

Pre-Application Information:

Distribution of Grant Funds: A minimum of 64.9 percent of South Carolina's entire allocation of JAG grant funds is required to be awarded to local programs. This allocation is referred to as the "variable pass-through requirement," and equals the local share of total criminal justice expenditures in the state. In the past, the state has awarded local units of government much more than the minimum amount specified by the pass-through requirement.

The matching requirement for grants made under the JAG grant program is 90% federal and 10% non-federal.

The application must be fully complete and submitted via the GMIS.

The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018.

Supporting documents, letters of cooperation, and appendices relating to the application may be uploaded as an attachment to the application on the GMIS or forwarded to the address below with the application number written on the documents.

Note: Any supporting documentation must be received by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety by 5:00 PM on the application due date. Postmarked dates are not acceptable.

Applicants will be notified in writing by the OHSJP whether their application has been approved for funding or has been denied funding. Notices of these decisions are tentatively scheduled for publication in September/October.

Sample Application:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Direct programmatic questions to:

Katrina Thomas, Administrative Assistant
(803) 896-8707

Direct financial questions to:

Penny Baskin, Accounting-Grants
(803) 896-8412

S.C. Department of Public Safety
Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
Post Office Box 1993
Blythewood, South Carolina 29016

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