Emergency Law Enforcement Assistance Grant

The purpose is to provide necessary federal law enforcement assistance to (and through) a State government in response to an uncommon situation which is or threatens to become of serious epidemic proportions, and with respect to which State and local resources are inadequate to protect the lives and
property of citizens, or to enforce the criminal law.

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
Finance And Administration, Tennessee Department Of $ 1,301,955   2020-12-252022-12-31
Department Of Justice Wisconsin $ 150,000   2021-11-212022-11-30
State Police, Michigan Department Of $ 360,761   2021-11-302022-11-30
Finance And Administration, Tennessee Department Of $ 51,980   2021-09-232022-09-30
Public Safety, Alaska Dept Of $ 6,000,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
Pennsylvania Commission On Crime And Delinquency $ 3,546,047   2020-05-252021-11-30
Public Safety, Minnesota Department Of $ 1,000,000   2020-05-012021-10-31
Governor, Texas Office Of The $ 1,178,353   2018-05-012021-03-31
Ohio Office Of Criminal Justice Services $ 85,818   2019-08-012021-01-31
Criminal Justice Services, Virginia Department Of $ 500,000   2019-05-012020-11-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be used for personnel costs, to include overtime or straight time for officers affected by the emergency situation.

The funds may not be used as noted below: ? The perceived need for planning or other activities related to crowd control for general public safety projects; and ? A situation requiring the enforcement of laws associated with scheduled public events, including political conventions and sporting events.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.


The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

The applicant will submit the required paperwork through OJP?s Grants Management System (GMS), and the program office will review all relevant materials. Before the award can be processed, a financial clearance must be approved. BJA will make the award through the GMS system and provide notification to the grantee. The grantee must sign the acceptance of the award package before the award is complete. BJA will review all applications in consultation with appropriate members of the federal law enforcement community, including the United States Attorney(s) in the affected District(s).


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


Authorized by 42 USC§ 10513.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 15 days. BJA is responsible for approving or disapproving the application not later than 10 days after receiving the application.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project period is normally 12 months, with availability of project period extensions. For specifics pertaining to this program, please see the current fiscal year?s program solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm). For additional information, see the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide section on ?Period of Availability of Funds' at https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.2a.htm. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Recipients are required to submit semi-annual progress reports to OJP.

Recipients are required to report quarterly financial reports to OJP.

To assist in fulfilling the Department's 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.


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 $0; FY 17 est $15,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards may be made up to the amount available under this program. For specifics, please see the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of Section 609M of the Justice Assistance Act of 1984 (42 USC 10513, Public Law 98-473).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tracy Trautman US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: tracey.trautman@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500 or 202-305-1491

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1) Problem: The nature and extent of such emergency throughout a State or in any part of a State; 2) Cause: The situation or extraordinary circumstances which produced such emergency; 3) Resources: The availability of State and local criminal justice resources to resolve the problem; 4) Assistance required: The cost associated with the increased Federal presence; 5) Other assistance: The need to avoid unnecessary Federal involvement and intervention in matters primarily of State and local concern; and 6) Other requirements: Any assistance which the State or other appropriate unit of government has received, or could receive, under any provision of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (JAG funding).

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