Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

The Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement treatment drug courts that effectively integrate evidence-based substance use disorder
treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance use disorder offenders.

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
Riley, County Of $ 549,999   2021-10-012025-09-30
Rockdale, County Of $ 546,555   2021-10-012025-09-30
County Of Culpeper $ 549,094   2021-10-012025-09-30
Rutherford, County Of $ 550,000   2021-10-012025-09-30
Quinault Indian Nation $ 600,000   2021-10-012025-09-30
Court Of Appeals, Maryland State $ 1,699,219   2021-10-012025-09-30
Jackson, County Of $ 549,978   2021-10-012025-09-30
County Of Grant $ 366,667   2021-10-012025-09-30
Summit, County Of $ 625,000   2021-10-012025-09-30
Santa Cruz, County Of $ 545,050   2021-10-012025-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Allowable uses of funds are outlined in the Drug Court Program Guideline available from the Department of Justice Response Center.

Assistance can be used by assisting states, local court, and tribal nonviolent adult and juvenile offenders by involving early and continuous judicial supervision over these offenders.

The administration of appropriate incentives and sanctions will help to reduce recidivism and substance misuse among high-risk participants with substance use disorders and increase their likelihood of successful rehabilitation. Drug Court Programs under Title V will be for nonviolent adult and juvenile offenders and involve early and continuous judicial supervision over the nonviolent substance use disorder offenders and the integrated administration of sanctions and services including: (1) mandatory and random drug testing for the use of controlled substances or other addictive substances during any period of supervised release or probation; (2) evidence-based substance use disorder treatment for each participant according to need; (3) diversion, probation, or other supervised release involving the possibility of prosecution, confinement, or incarceration based on noncompliance with program requirements; and (4) programmatic offender management and aftercare services.

Yes, violent offenders may not be served by this grant unless they are funded under a separate Veterans Treatment Court congressional appropriation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants can be awarded to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government and Indian tribal governments, acting directly or through agreements with other public or private entities.

Applicants may choose to submit joint applications with other eligible jurisdictions for statewide, regional, and multijurisdictional drug court programs.

With joint applications, one organization must be designated as the applicant and any co-applicants designated accordingly.

The applicant organization must be eligible and the other agencies/organizations must provide supporting documentation.

All applicants must demonstrate that they have the management and financial capabilities to effectively plan and implement projects of the size and scope described in the application kit.

Nonprofit and for-profit agencies are not eligible applicants.

For an application from a subunit of government (e.g., county probation department, district attorney's office, pretrial services agency) to be considered, it must be designated by letter as representing an eligible applicant (described above).

For example, the county court or county executive may designate the county probation or county district attorney's office as its representative for the purpose of application.

In this instance, the applicant continues to be the designating state, court system, or unit of local government.

The county probation, district attorney's office, or other designated subunit, is the organization authorized to submit an application on behalf of the eligible applicant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, local governments, Indian tribal governments, public or private entities.


The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); applicant Information page; a one-page program abstract summarizing the goals and objectives of the grant request; program narrative; letters of support; detailed budget and budget narrative; administrative requirements; and assurances and certifications. See program announcement for more information. Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Prospective applicants may view the preapplication requirements by visiting the web site at https://www.bja.gov.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. All competitive grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Grant Management System (GMS) at http://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov. Applications or supplemental materials received by facsimile or postal mail will not be accepted. For additional information, see the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.bja.gov.

Award Procedures

An award is granted by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and must be accepted by the applicant agency or institution according to the special conditions of the grant or cooperative agreement.


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


42 U.S.C. 3797u; and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days.


For Formula awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18.


Grants can be extended by submitting a written justification for an extension to the Bureau of Justice Assistance office for review. Extensions are subject to approval by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and renewals subject to congressional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. The federal share of a grant received under this subtitle may not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of an applicant's projected budget. The matching requirement is a 25 percent match provided by the applicant. A portion of the match must be cash. This is required by statute; the term 'portion' is not defined. For additional information, please see the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.bja.gov. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration period will be up to 3 years for Implementation, Enhancement, and Statewide Grants. For additional information, please see the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.bja.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: By reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Drug Court Grantee Data Collection Survey.

No cash reports are required.

Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports.

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. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.


All grantees are required to establish and maintain accounting systems and financial records in order to account for funds awarded to them. In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 17 Not Available; FY 18 est $420,000,000; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies based upon appropriation. Consult the solicitation available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm and/or www.bja.gov.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Solicitation 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/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/funding/Implement/Resources/PostAwardInstructions.pdf). 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 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Gregory D. Torain Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm and/or www.bja.gov.

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