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FY 2021 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program

Grants to USA Tribes, State and Local Agencies, and Courts
for Programs Related to the Criminal Justice System

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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03/31/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and Territories tribal governments, state and local agencies, and courts for programs related to the criminal justice system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs to enhance drug court services, to include coordination, management of drug court participants, and recovery support services.

The ADC and VTC Program supports efforts by state, local, and tribal courts to address the needs of individuals in the criminal justice system with substance abuse issues, including targeting the needs of veterans. These courts effectively integrate evidence-based substance abuse treatment, random drug testing, equitable sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in judicially supervised court settings with jurisdiction over offenders to reduce recidivism and substance abuse, and prevent overdoses.

Eligible drug court types are: ADCs; DWI/driving under the influence (DUI) courts; co-occurring courts (participants possess both a substance abuse and mental illness diagnosis); VTCs (Types A and B); and THWCs. Court programs that combine or propose to combine drug court types with other court programs or dockets are also eligible for funding, although the funding under this program must be used to address only those clients eligible for drug court services. Applicants should refer to their relevant local statutes for definitions of the legal age of an “adult.”

The FY 2021 ADC and VTC Discretionary Grant solicitation offers the following four grant categories:

  • Category 1: Implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts
  • Category 2: Veterans Treatment Courts
  • Category 3: Adult Drug Courts
  • Category 4: Statewide Strategies to Support Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts

In FY 2021, priority will be given to proposals that focus on the development or expansion of a state-based TTA program that will enhance the capacity of states to support local ADC and VTC TTA needs. This includes training to address staff turnover, offer operational skills updates, and expand treatment resources in locations with critical substance abuse issues. States are encouraged to submit applications that seek funds for smaller, short-term projects that will provide statewide training conferences, scholarships to attend key training events, including national drug court conferences, and other operational training to support local capacity. 

More information about the categories can be found starting at

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GrantWatch ID#: 188340

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Category 1: 10 awards; Category 2: 15 awards; Category 3: 55 awards; Category 4: 11 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: up to $500,000
Category 2: up to $500,000
Category 3: up to $500,000
Category 4: up to $1,500,000

Term of Contract:

Performance Start Date for all categories: 10/1/21 12:00 AM

Performance Duration for all categories: 48 months


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For Category 1: Implementation of Veterans Treatment Court, Category 2: Veterans Treatment Court, and Category 3: Adult Drug Court, the following entities are eligible to apply:
- State governments
- City or township governments
- County governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Other
On behalf of a single drug court or veterans treatment court.

For Category 4: Statewide Strategies to Support Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts, the following entities are eligible to apply:
- State governments
- State agencies such as the State Administering Agency, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Substance Abuse Agency
- State criminal justice agencies and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance abuse and/or mental illness services, or related services, to criminal substance abusers.

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

BJA will consider 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).

Note: public and private nonprofit organizations are considered ineligible applicants; therefore, they are restricted from applying, although they may serve in a key supporting role to the drug court program as a subrecipient (subgrantee).

Award funds may not be used for the following:
- Prizes, rewards, entertainment, trinkets, or any other monetary incentives
- Client stipends
- Gift cards
- Vehicles
- Food and beverages

Federal funds may also not be used to replace (supplant) nonfederal dollars that are appropriated for the same purpose.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Event Dates: March 18, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
Location: Online
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Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Date/Time: March 29, 2021, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Online
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Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in by March 31, 2021 11:59 PM eastern time. 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.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on April 14, 2021 11:59 PM eastern time.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

This solicitation requires a 25 percent cash or in-kind match.

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

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at customer support webpage, or email at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center, by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

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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

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