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Gang Suppression Planning Grants Program

Grants to USA Government Agencies to Develop
Strategies to Effectively Reduce Gang Violence

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Deadline Date:

10/04/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories government agencies, including tribal governments and law enforcement agencies, for the development of programs to reduce gang violence. Funding is intended to reduce and prevent violence throughout communities, thus creating safe communities for families to live.

The Gang Suppression Planning Grants Program is designed to reduce violent crime, gangs, and victimization and promote public safety in communities through planning support to eligible localities to build capacity for a multilateral data-driven strategy.

The overall, long-term goals of the Gang Suppression Planning Grants Program are to:
- Understand the jurisdiction’s gang landscape and be able to use data (gang intelligence) to develop effective gang control strategies;
- Reduce and sustain reductions in community youth violence, particularly gun and gang violence, and victimization;
- Prevent violence and promote healing from victimization and exposure to violence in the home, school, and community; and
- Increase the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children, youth, and families.

OJJDP is seeking proposals from applicant jurisdictions that have high levels of youth-perpetrated gun crime and gang violence and that can demonstrate a willingness and readiness to develop fully comprehensive, community- and data-driven responses. Funding will support selected jurisdictions to undertake strategic planning and capacity-building work through multidisciplinary and community partnerships.

Applicants must propose and undertake their work through a collaboration of key stakeholders. In addition to affected youth and families, the collaborative group must include representation from the USAO and its PSN team; city, county, and/or tribal leadership; and local law enforcement, prosecutors, public health, education, courts, job and workforce development, housing, and community development agencies. It may include other key partners such as colleges, career and technical education institutions, the business community, the media, faith institutions, domestic violence programs, and rape crisis centers. Governance of the collaborative group is to be shared between the public and private sectors. Youth, families, community members, and nonpublic entities representing or directly serving youth and families must compose a significant proportion of the collaborative body. This is a mechanism to ensure that youth and families, who are the intended recipients of prevention, intervention, and treatment services and are immediate beneficiaries, have a substantial role in developing and implementing proposed activities. These two factors—active representation of the required stakeholders and the described shared governance mechanism—are critical selection criteria.

Specific objectives and associated activities are:

1. Develop a customized gang suppression strategy equipped to address the unique challenges presented to local law enforcement and prosecutors.

2. Address how to reduce youth gun and gang violence and increase public safety in the final strategic plan. Prevent and intervene to deter youth ages 12 to 24 from gun and gang violence using evidence- and practice-based approaches, notably the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model; Group Violence Intervention, formerly known as the Boston Ceasefire model; and Cure Violence.

3. Increase the scope and effectiveness of community-based youth violence and gang control strategies to address the ever-changing nature of gangs, gang structure, and behaviors.

4. Address how to reduce the impact of violence on youth by improving identification, screening, access, delivery, and quality of services available to youth exposed to gang-related violence, ensuring that these services address the trauma and development needs of the youth and the community in the final strategic plan.

5. Plan to elevate suppression and interruption of/exposure to youth gang violence as a priority issue within the applicant jurisdiction and work collaboratively with public and private entities to align this work with other national and local youth violence (including gang intelligence data sharing) and community-building initiatives as part of a national network, including OJJDP gang and youth violence grantees, national technical assistance providers, researchers, and policy leaders working collaboratively on these issues.

6. Provide training to increase the understanding of the jurisdiction’s gang landscape. All government and non-governmental agencies that will be enlisted as partners on this initiatives should have an universal understanding of their jurisdiction’s gang landscape and best practices to accomplish the goal of suppressing gang activity.

Priority Considerations

OJJDP will give priority consideration to applicants that demonstrate and articulate their knowledge of its local gang issues, particularly those that are impacted by transnational gangs such as MS-13 or M-18. Additionally, the applicant must submit with the application letters of support or memorandum of understanding of all agencies, specifically local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ office, and specialized gang units, which will be instrumental in the planning process to develop the suppression plan for the jurisdiction.

An applicant may receive priority consideration by explaining how it would address the problem area identified in its application through cooperation with immigration authorities, honoring requests for notice of release, transfers of custody, and/or short term extensions of custody, and providing access to detention centers so federal immigration authorities may conduct interviews.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184001

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $200,000

Term of Contract:

OJJDP expects to make awards for an 18-month period of performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. Units of local government include law enforcement agencies. All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

A “unit of local government” means—

(a) Any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state.

(b) Any law enforcement district or judicial enforcement district that (i) Is established under applicable state law, and (ii) Has the authority to, in a manner independent of other state entities, establish a budget and impose taxes.

(c) For the purposes of assistance eligibility, any agency of the government of the District of Columbia or the federal government that performs law enforcement functions in and for (i) The District of Columbia, or (ii) Any Trust Territory of the United States.

OJJDP welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time (ET) on October 4, 2018.

Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at:
800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at:
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)

CFDA Number:

16.544, 16.123

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)