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Tennessee Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program - Local Jails COVID Response

Grants to Tennessee Incarceration
Facilities for Assistance During COVID-19

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Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration - Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP)

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Deadline Date:

07/31/20 4:30 PM CST


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Grants to Tennessee government entities in eligible locations to address needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to provide support to incarceration facilities to address the needs of inmates and staff during the pandemic. Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Eligible subrecipients are limited to Local County Government entities who were not eligible for a direct CESF contract.

Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including but not limited to technology for remote hearings/appearances and personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, and local jails or other detention centers.

If funds will be used to upgrade a Jail Management System it is recommended that the system allow for remote access and “booking” by personnel who are offsite due to COVID.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191146

Term of Contract:

Contracts will be one (1) year in length. Contracts will begin on July 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding under this solicitation is intended to assist local jail systems. Eligible subrecipients are limited to Local County Government entities who were not eligible for a direct CESF contract.

Funding cannot be used to supplant local finds or to make-up for budget shortfalls.

Pre-Application Information:

LOI Deadline: Intent to Apply due by 07/31/2020
Applications due no later than 4:30 p.m. CST 07/31/2020.

While contracts will be received by successful applicants by approximately September 1, 2020, COVID-19 expenses from July 1, 2020 may be applied to the grant.

All applicants are required to have a DUNS number, register via SAM, and provide employee compensation information (if applicable) to be eligible for this funding.
- DUNS Number: For more information and/or to obtain a DUNS number go to the following website:
- System for Award Management (SAM): In order to register you must have a
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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