Building Community Trust

The purpose of the Building Community Trust program is to assist communities in using research and statistics to implement; and measure the impact of; strategies to build community trust in the justice system.

Some projects under this program focus on Body Worn Camera programs deployed by law
enforcement agencies.

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

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Building Community Trust program focuses on data-driven strategies to address the relationship between the justice system and the community.

The emphasis is on using, and building on, research in this area and on collecting statistics to measure the impact of project strategies.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, public and private organizations, Indian Tribal government, for-profit organizations.


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 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. 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

OJP reviews applications and quotes for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. For grants and cooperative agreements, 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., Public Law 101-647, I U.S.C 42.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies for competitive applications and proposals.


There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. See section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.


Contingent on available funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies. Up to 60 months. For specifics pertaining to this program, please see the current fiscal year?s program solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( For additional information, see the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide section on ?Period of Availability of Funds' at Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


In some cases, evaluation reports may be required.

No cash reports are required.

For grants, 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.


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 (Discretionary)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No prior year program information available.

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

BJA Program Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 810 7th Street, NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For competitive grants and contracts, 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 (

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