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2019 Border Prosecution Unit (BPU)

Grants to Texas Counties to Enhance Prosecution
Resources for Border-Related Crime

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Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD)

Deadline Date:

03/29/18 5:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Texas counties to support law-enforcement activities related to border crime. The intent of this program is to offer prosecution resources to county and district attorneys located near the Texas-Mexico border and to assist counties significantly impacted by border crime. Requests will be considered for projects involving the prosecution of border crimes during the upcoming fiscal year.

Eligible Activities:

1) Prosecuting criminals charged with border crimes as defined by Texas Government Code §772.0071(a)(1).

2) Training members of the unit and law enforcement agencies in the border region on specific issues and techniques relating to the investigation and prosecution of border crime.

Preference will be given to specialized prosecutors to reduce backlogs by supporting and enhancing prosecutorial services that focus on rapidly addressing specific violations of the law.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180854

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Levels:
-Minimum: $10,000
-Maximum: None

Term of Contract:

Projects selected for funding must begin on or after September 1, 2018 and expire on or before August 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

1) Counties within the Texas border region as defined by Texas Government Code §772.0071(a)(2) having a prosecuting attorney with membership in the Border Prosecution Unit as provided by Texas Government Code §772.053.

2) Counties that are significantly affected by border crime.

Eligibility Requirements:

1) Eligible applicants must be in compliance with the Texas Administrative Code (37 TAC Part 7 Chapters 221-225) and all rules established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) regarding the training of law enforcement in Texas; or, contract or reimburse for services with training providers who meet this requirement.

2) In order for an applicant to be eligible, the county (or counties) in which the applicant is located must have a 90% average on both adult and juvenile criminal history dispositions reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety for calendar years 2012 through 2016. This requirement must be met by August 1, 2018.

3) Eligible applicants operating a law enforcement agency must be current on reporting Part I violent crime data to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for inclusion in the annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). To be considered eligible for funding, applicants must have submitted a full twelve months of accurate data to DPS for the most recent calendar year.

4) An application requirement pertaining to full compliance with Department of Homeland Security detainer requests applies to all municipal or county governments that operate a subdivision or department that detains individuals after arrest for a criminal violation. Full text of this certification can be found on the Narrative tab of each application or at All applicants must select one of four options in their eGrants application to be considered for funding under this announcement.

5) Eligible applicants must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number assigned to its agency (to request a DUNS number, go to

6) Eligible applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) database located at

7) Failure to comply with program eligibility requirements may cause funds to be withheld and/or suspension or termination of grant funds.

Grant funds may not be used to support the following services, activities, and costs:
1) Inherently religious activities such as prayer, worship, religious instruction, or proselytization;
2) Lobbying;
3) Any portion of the salary of, or any other compensation for, an elected or appointed government official;
4) Vehicles or equipment for government agencies that are for general agency use;
5) Weapons, ammunition, tasers, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized vehicles or explosives;
6) Admission fees or tickets to any amusement park, recreational activity or sporting event;
7) Promotional gifts;
8) Food, meals, beverages, or other refreshments, except for eligible per diem associated with grant-related travel or where pre-approved for working events;
9) Membership dues for individuals;
10) Any expense or service that is readily available at no cost to the grant project;
11) Any use of grant funds to replace (supplant) funds that have been budgeted for the same purpose through non-grant sources;
12) Fundraising;
13) Construction;
14) Medical services;
15) Legal services for adult offenders; and
16) Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state, or local law.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted, and certified, via HSGD’s eGrants grant management website on or before Thursday, March 29, 2018 by 5:00 PM CST.

Each applicant is required to submit a complete Grant Application Kit to OOG through eGrants. Instructions for submitting an application kit are available here:

Contact Information:

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

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(512) 463-8382

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas