Indigent Defense

The objective of this program is to enhance the capacity to deliver high-quality, fair, and comprehensive legal services to youth who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

To obtain a training and technical assistance provider to focus on juvenile defense, identify gaps
in practice, and train on strategies.

Training and technical assistance should emphasize adolescent brain and behavioral development, recent advances in neuroscience, and the impact of exposure to violence and trauma on human development and well-being.

It should emphasize data-driven, evidence-based, juvenile defense delivery system improvement strategies and best practices for employing a trauma-informed and developmental approach standard in juvenile justice service delivery.

To fund regional juvenile defender resource centers (centers) serving individual juvenile defenders and helping state, tribal, and local juvenile defense systems within their service area to enhance the quality and availability of legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of reform activities in states.

The centers should provide cost-effective, innovative, localized training for the juvenile indigent defense bar, including public defenders and court-appointed counsel working on behalf of juvenile indigent defendants, particularly in traditionally underserved locations, such as tribal systems and rural areas.

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
County Of Hamilton $ 392,453   2021-10-012024-09-30
North Carolina Administrative Office Of The Courts $ 392,453   2021-10-012024-09-30
Judiciary Courts Of The State Of Michigan $ 392,454   2021-10-012024-09-30
Committee For Public Counsel Services $ 392,453   2021-10-012024-09-30
Knox, County Of $ 392,453   2021-10-012024-09-30
Washington State Office Of Public Defense $ 445,247   2020-10-012023-09-30
Public Defender, Wisconsin Office Of The $ 445,247   2020-10-012023-09-30
Public Defender Board, Louisiana $ 445,248   2020-10-012023-09-30
Georgia Public Defender Council $ 445,248   2020-10-012023-09-30
Executive Office Of The State Of Utah $ 319,161   2019-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, funding supported implementation of juvenile indigent defense reform efforts to the recipients of the the FY 2015 Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative: Category 1 State Reform Planning Grants. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Permitted uses of funds for civil legal assistance include the following: reentry services, including referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as securing a driver?s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.

This excludes the payment of fines or penalties associated with a driver?s license suspension or the payment of child support.

Applicants should review the DOJ Financial Guide at for allowable and unallowable costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are limited to states (including territories and the District of Columbia), federally recognized tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiary of these funds would be juvenile delinquents and youth.


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 may be 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.

National training and technical assistance awards may be excluded from the E.O.


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 ( or the DOJ?s Grants Management System (GMS) ( 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 (

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the [Office of Justice Programs? 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.


An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice, Public Law 114-113.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

varies by project.


There are no appeal rights for the denial of a discretionary application. For discretionary awards, see generally, 28 C.F.R. Part 18.


See applicable program announcement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Please review the published solicitation for specific information regarding the match. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and time phasing of assistance vary by project--see applicable program announcement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Applications are required to be submitted in and awarded through the Office of Justice Programs? Grants Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


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. See Uniform Administrative Requirements, 2 C.F.R. Part 200 at Subpart F - Audit Requirements (Sec. 200.500 - 200.507) as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.


All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be generally retained for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information and exceptions, 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



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $2,152,950; FY 17 est $2,500,000; and FY 18 est $2,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

varies by project.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The program solicitations, Department of Justice?s Financial Guide ( guide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.). See also program announcement and Uniform Administrative Requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.

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, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 202-514-4817

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Varies by program. Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by OJJDP and applicable laws.

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