Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and

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technology improvement, crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the State Administering Agency, listed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ohio Office Of Criminal Justice Services $ 6,024,512   2021-10-012026-09-30
Public Safety, New Mexico Department Of $ 1,897,160   2021-10-012025-09-30
State Police, Oregon Department Of $ 2,204,745   2021-10-012025-09-30
Public Safety, Mississippi Department Of $ 43,911   2021-10-012025-09-30
Public Safety, Mississippi Department Of $ 1,858,617   2021-10-012025-09-30
Commerce, Washington State Department Of $ 3,644,335   2021-10-012025-09-30
Finance And Administration, Arkansas Dept Of $ 2,308,100   2021-10-212025-09-30
Justice And Public Safety Cabinet Of Kentucky $ 2,131,843   2021-10-012025-09-30
Public Safety, South Carolina Department Of $ 68,512   2021-10-012025-09-30
North Dakota Attorney General $ 503,728   2021-10-012025-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Please visit https://www.bja.gov/Jag/showcase.html. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

No JAG funds may be expended outside of JAG program areas (see solicitations for specific program areas posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).

Even within these program areas, however, JAG funds cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.

Prohibited and controlled uses of funds including those purposes specifically prohibited by the JAG program statute are set out at 42 U.S.C.

§ 3751(d).

Prohibited items include: ? Tracked armored vehicles ? Weaponized aircraft, vessels and vehicles of any kind ? Firearms and/or ammunition with a caliber of .50 or higher ? Grenade Launchers ? Bayonets ? Camouflage Uniforms (digital pattern) (*Woodland and desert patterns are allowable) Additionally, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly to pay for any of the following controlled items unless the BJA Director certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist, making them essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order.

This template is based on recommendations pursuant to Executive Order 13688 on Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition. 1.

Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and/or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) 2.

Armored Vehicles (wheeled) 3.

Command and Control Vehicles (Bus, Recreational Vehicle, etc.) 4.

*Boats (Non-Police Patrol) 5.

*Tactical and/or passenger SUVs, Vans and Trucks (excluding SUVs that are used for Police Patrol) 6.

Manned aircraft, fixed and/or rotary wing 7.

Specialized firearms and ammunition under .50 caliber (excludes firearms/ammunition for service-issued weapons) 8.

Breaching Apparatus (battering ram or similar entry device) 9.

Riot Helmets, shields and/or batons (excluding service-issued telescopic or fixed-length straight batons) 10.

Explosives and pyrotechnics 11.

Luxury items and Real estate 12.

Construction projects (other than penal/correctional institutions) 13.

*Segway, ATV and Golf Cart (Non-Police Patrol) *Controlled Expenditure request is required if the vehicle is not being used in the ordinary course by police forces in the United States for patrol activities.

Additionally, Segways, ATVs and golf carts never require a controlled expenditure request in states which do not require licensing and registration for those vehicle types.

When available to carry out subpart 1 of Title I, Part E of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (?Omnibus?) for one or more of the purposes specified in Section 501 of Title I, Part E, Subpart 1 of Omnibus upon a determination that it is necessary ?to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime? (42 U.S.C.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

JAG: All States, the District of Columbia, Guam, America Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Units of local government are eligible consistent with established guidelines.

Beneficiary Eligibility

JAG grants are awarded to States, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, as well as eligible units of local government (including tribes).


Each applicant must submit a completed application that meets the requirements specified in the program guidance. 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. Applications are submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs Grant Management System at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and must follow the criteria outlined in the solicitation as well as the JAG Program Guidance Manual.

Award Procedures

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.


Subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3750-3758). Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161. Public Law 109-162, Title XI, Department of Justice Reauthorization, Subtitle B, Improving the Department of Justice's Grant Programs, Chapter 1, Assisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies, Section 1111. Merger of Byrne Grant Program and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program. And, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The Bureau of Justice Assistance will not disapprove any application (or amendment to that application) without affording the applicant reasonable notice of any deficiencies and providing an opportunity for correction and reconsideration.


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.


Subject to annual appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title I, Chapter Subchapter V, Part A, Subpart 42 USC 3756. Statutory Formula: Once each fiscal year?s overall JAG Program funding level is determined, BJA partners with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to begin a four-step grant award calculation process which consists of: 1. Computing an initial JAG allocation for each state and territory, based on their share of violent crime and population (weighted equally). 2. Reviewing the initial JAG allocation amount to determine if the state or territory allocation is less than the minimum (?de minimus?) award amount defined in the JAG legislation (0.25 percent of the total). If this is the case, the state or territory is funded at the minimum level, and the funds required for this are deducted from the overall pool of JAG funds. Each of the remaining states receives the minimum award plus an additional amount based on their share of violent crime and population. 3. Dividing each state?s final award amount (except for the territories and District of Columbia) between state and local governments at a rate of 60 and 40 percent, respectively. 4. Determining local unit of government award allocations, which are based on their proportion of the state?s three-year violent crime average. If a local eligible award amount is less than $10,000, the funds are returned to the state to be awarded to these local units of government through the state agency. If the eligible award amount is $10,000 or more, then the local government is eligible to apply for a JAG award directly from BJA. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards of at least $25,000 or more begin October 1 of the FY and are four years in length. Awards that are less than $25,000 begin October 1 of the FY and are two years in length. Requests for up to two additional years to complete performance of the award will be granted automatically. Extensions beyond a four- year period for all JAG awards may be approved on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of BJA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required in accordance with the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm).

Quarterly financial reports are required in accordance with the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm).

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



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $434,522,436; FY 17 est $403,000,000; and FY 18 est $332,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $37,000,000.

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/DOJ/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

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the State Administering Agency, listed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/.

Headquarters Office

Tracy Trautman U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.

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