Grant Opportunity

December 29, 2016

This grant opportunity might benefit a local or regional area that is struggling with a particular crime wave in their community.  For example, with the incredible upswing in drug related crimes across the state due to heroin and meth being brought in, there might be an opportunity for partnering and collaboration to combat this issue.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by leading efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that help advance broader neighborhood development goals.

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement 

Applications Due: February 2, 2017 Eligibility Eligible applicants are limited to states, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), units of local government, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) as fiscal agent. 

Category 1: Implementation Grant (NOTE: eligibility limited to previous BCJI Planning grantees) Competition ID: BJA-2017-11280 

Category 2: Planning and Implementation Grant (open to any eligible applicant) Competition ID: BJA-2017-11281 

For this solicitation, community is defined broadly as a geographic area that has social meaning to residents. In urban areas, the term community may be used interchangeably with neighborhood to describe a specific geographic area that is delineated by major streets or physical topography. In urban areas, a community is typically less than two miles wide, while in rural and tribal areas it is often larger and part of an entire county.

The BCJI application requires a consortium of criminal justice, community, and/or human service partners (hereinafter referred to as “cross-sector partnership”) to plan and implement a targeted strategy addressing crime in a specific community. 

The BCJI Program understands that there is little research and evaluation of “hot spots” policing theory in rural and tribal areas; through the BCJI Program, BJA seeks to build and contribute to the criminal justice knowledge base on how to employ effective place-based strategies in rural and tribal environments.