Congressionally Recommended Awards

To provide leadership and direction in improving the functioning of the criminal justice system.

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.

Program Accomplishments

This is a general purpose assistance program for all components of the criminal justice system with programs ranging from crime prevention to correctional alternatives to drug law enforcement to community justice interventions. It supports a broad range of technical assistance and training agents as well as site-based demonstration programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Congressionally recommended grant funds provide federal financial assistance to public or private agencies and private nonprofit organizations for law enforcement program; prosecution and court program; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment and enforcement program; programs, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local government agencies as well as public and private nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian Tribal governments are eligible to receive funds including faith-based and community organizations, under this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, public and private organizations, and tribal governments.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used 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 officials 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

The standard application forms as furnished by the federal agency and required by the Common Rule, must be used for this program. This program is also subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110. All applications must be submitted electronically via the Office of Justice Programs' Grants Management System (GMS) at Applications or supplemental materials received by facsimile or postal mail will not be accepted.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, letters and an award package are sent to the grantee. One copy of the grant award must be signed by duly authorized representative and returned to BJA.


Varies. See the program solicitation or guidance letter or contact the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Telephone: (1-866) 859-2687 or by E-mail: .


Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



See 28 CFR Part 18.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants may be made for amounts up to 100 per centum of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies. Contingent upon program goals and objectives, generally 12-18 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise specified in the award's special conditions, financial reports are due quarterly and progress reports are due semi-annually; in some cases, evaluation reports may be required.


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. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.


Recipients of federal funds are expected to retain documentation supporting all program transactions for at least 3 years after the closure of audit reports related to such funding. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all related issues, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 $187,500,000; FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs' Financial Guide 2006 ( and Postaward Instructions ( are applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Contact: Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687 or by E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact BJA for more information.

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