Project Safe Neighborhoods

The purpose of PSN is to reduce gun crime and gang violence by the most violent offenders in the most violent neighborhoods by employing a research-driven, intelligence-led, and problem-solving approach to reduce firearms and gang violence through enforcement, deterrence, and prevention.

BJA seeks
proposals from applicants interested in developing innovative, comprehensive, data-driven approaches to reduce chronic gun crime and/or gang violence.

The involvement of the research partner is critical to the success of PSN initiatives.

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.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona $ 379,981   2021-10-012024-09-30
Judiciary Courts Of The State Of Indiana $ 135,586   2021-10-012024-09-30
Executive Office Of The State Of Iowa $ 116,596   2021-10-012024-09-30
Finance And Administration, Tennessee Department Of $ 178,110   2021-10-012024-09-30
Public Safety, Massachusetts Executive Office Of $ 314,273   2021-10-012024-09-30
Finance And Administration, Tennessee Department Of $ 172,929   2021-10-012024-09-30
Montana Department Of Corrections $ 94,012   2021-10-012024-09-30
Judiciary Courts Of The State Of Indiana $ 220,856   2021-10-012024-09-30
Finance And Administration, Tennessee Department Of $ 167,124   2021-10-012024-09-30
Justice, New Hampshire Department Of $ 89,997   2021-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Made awards to 16 news sites. Each awardee completed a Strategic Action Plan to guide planning and implementation. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Project Safe Neighborhoods program focuses on action research, problem solving, strategic planning, and working in partnership with the community to reduce gun crime and gang violence.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a national strategy designed to reduce offenses committed with guns in streets and local neighborhoods.

In addition to hiring new state and local prosecutors, the funds will be available to support investigations, provide training, develop and promote community outreach efforts, and improve public safety by supporting gun and gang crime reduction strategies. PSN should be a part of an overall comprehensive violence reduction strategy.

Applicants are encouraged to leverage other federal grant dollars and existing grant resources already in the community, and to partner with a research partner to conduct an impact evaluation to determine the results of the PSN program which may help in securing longer-term funding and sustaining the program locally.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are PSN Task Force fiscal agents for the U.S.

Attorney districts and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant U.S.

Attorney?s Office (USAO).

Eligible USAO-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, public and private organizations, Indian Tribal government, prosecutor offices.


Eligible applicants must be certified by the U.S. Attorney's Office. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. The application procedure and time lines will be contained in the program solicitation. See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( and/or Applications must be submitted on-line at the Office of Justice Programs, Grant Management System:

Award Procedures

BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, 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.


Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, Title I; 42 U.S.C. 50 et seq.; Crime Control Act of 1990, Public Law 101-647; and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies for competitive applications.


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 section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.


Contingent on available funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies. Up to 36 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs? Financial Guide ( and Post Award Instructions (

Post Assistance Requirements


In some cases, evaluation reports may be required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are due semi-annually.

Unless otherwise specified in the awards special conditions, financial reports are due quarterly.

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, 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.


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 16 $5,727,463; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $70,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Prior awards have ranged from approximately $200,000 to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions ( 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

C. Edward Banks U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20735 Email: Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For competitive grants, criteria for selecting proposals are contained within the individual program solicitations. See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( and/or

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