Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The objectives are the following: (1) grants to states to assist them in planning, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating projects for the development of more effective juvenile delinquency prevention (i.e., education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation);

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(2) support technical assistance grants to facilitate state compliance with the core requirements under the JJDP Act (42 USC 5633(a)(11), (12), (13),and (22); (3) support training and technical assistance to benefit the formula grant program; and (4) support research, evaluation, and statistics activities designed to benefit the formula grant program.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Department Of Youth Affairs $ 15,000   2020-10-012024-09-30
Nys Division Of Criminal Justice Services $ 2,639,151   2020-10-012024-09-30
Department Of Children, Youth, And Families $ 186,465   2020-10-012024-09-30
Executive Office Of The Government Of The Us Virgin Islands $ 3,750   2020-10-012024-09-30
Criminal Justice Planning Agency $ 59,098   2020-10-012024-09-30
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 776,556   2020-10-012024-09-30
Executive Office Of The Governor Of Delaware $ 427,205   2020-10-012024-09-30
Human Services Vermont Agency Of $ 415,658   2020-10-012024-09-30
Law & Public Safety, New Jersey Department Of $ 1,131,899   2020-10-012024-09-30
Department Of Corrections Kansas $ 523,537   2020-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Formula grants (42 USC 5631(a)): Funds may be used to support juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts at the state and local level.

This program, established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002, allocates formula grant funds to states and territories on the basis of their relative population under age 18.

To be eligible for formula grant funds, a state must submit electronically a comprehensive state plan applicable to a 3-year period addressing the requirements and programs under the JJDP Act and providing for a state advisory group appointed by the chief executive of the state to carry out specified functions and to participate in the development and review of the State's juvenile justice plan, required under 42 USC 5633(a). Technical assistance (42 USC 5631(b)): The JJDP Act provides that not in excess of two percent of the funds available each fiscal year to formula grants is available for grants and contracts with public and private agencies, organizations and individuals to provide assistance to states, units of general local governments, and combinations thereof, and local private agencies to facilitate compliance with Section 223 of the JJDP Act and implementation of the state plan approved by OJJDP.

Technical assistance and training: Currently, OJJDP is authorized by the annual DOJ appropriations act to allocate up to an additional five percent of Title II funding for training and technical assistance. Research: Currently, OJJDP is authorized by the annual DOJ appropriations act to allocate up to 10 percent of Title II funding for research, evaluation, and statistics activities designed to benefit the formula grant program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For formula grants, the eligible applicants can be found at https://www.ojjdp.gov/statecontacts/resourcelist.asp.

For the training and technical assistance and research projects, please refer to the program narrative.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Units of a State and its local government, public and private organizations, Indian tribes performing law enforcement functions, and agencies involved in juvenile delinquency prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.


Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.xecutive Order 12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' The application of E.O.

12372 to formula grants is contingent upon whether the state has designated an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance.

See list of states that require this review at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her state for more information on the process the state requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the state has selected the program for review.


12372 does not apply to grants for technical assistance, training, research that is national in scope, or research that is not designed to benefit a particular state.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants for DOJ funding can submit applications online through either the federal grants portal Grants.Gov (www.grants.gov) or the DOJ?s Grants Management System (GMS) (https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov). Each program announcement will specify which system should be used for that program and will contain detailed technical instructions on how to register with the system as well as apply for funding. Applicants are generally required to register and create a profile in GMS. Specific application instructions for program announcements are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, or the OJJDP Administrator for research grants, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


42 U.S.C. 5631; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Formula grant applications (state plans) will generally be approved within 30 to 45 days of receipt of a complete application. Technical assistance, training, and research grant applications will be subject to a peer review process and internal agency review. The total time will depend on the particular program narrative, but all awards will be made by September 30th of the fiscal year in which the program narrative is posted.


For statutory formula awards, see 28 CFR Part 18. There are no appeal rights for the denial of a discretionary application.


Formula grants: A comprehensive state plan must be submitted every three years, with annual updates required each of the other two years. Technical assistance, training, and research grants: Continuation or supplemental funding will depend on the terms of the original program narrative for the program/project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: 28 CFR Part 31. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. State grantees may use no more than 10 percent of their formula grant allocation for planning and administration and they must match planning and administration funds dollar for dollar. NO match requirement for technical assistance, training, or research grants. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Formula grant funds awarded in one fiscal year may be carried forward for obligation for two years subsequent to the fiscal year of award. Technical assistance, training, research grants: Duration and continuation of funding will depend on the particular program narrative. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Formula Grant recipients are required to submit annual progress reports.

Recipients of technical assistance, training, and research grants are required to submit semi-annual progress and quarterly financial reports.

All recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be retained for a period of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information, see Uniform Administrative Requirements 2 C.F.R. § 200.333 as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $50,736,897; FY 17 est $54,500,000; and FY 18 est $55,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Allocation of formula grants to States and territories are based on relative populations under the age of 18. Amounts awarded for discretionary technical assistance, training, and research grants vary depending on the particular program or project being funded.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program narrative guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm. For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm). Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-9135

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for formula grants are established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, 42 USC 5631-5633, and the regulations governing the Formula Grant Program at 28 CFR Part 31, Subpart A. Criteria for technical assistance grants pursuant to the JJDP Act can be found at 42 USC 5631(b) and in the specific program narrative for the program. Criteria for training, technical assistance, or research program/projects authorized pursuant to the DOJ appropriations acts can be found in the program narrative for the particular program.

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