Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

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 - Contact the State Administering Agency http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

See program web site http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/index.html or contact the State Administering Agency http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment programs; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

Funds may not be used to supplant State and local funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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

States, Territories, and units of local government.


Each applicant must submit a completed application that meets the requirements specified in the program guidance. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR, Part 225 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 their State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance.

The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28CFR, Part 66 must be used with this program.

Application Procedures

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

A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the applicant agency upon approval by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Applications must be submitted within 90 days of the signing of the Appropriation by the President, or as otherwise specified by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.


Part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 as amended Subpart 1 of such part (42 U.S.C. 3751-3759). 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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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


Hearing and appeal procedures will follow 28 CFR Part 18 Code of Federal Regulations.


Are subject to annual appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The JAG formula includes a State allocation consisting of a minimum base allocation with the remaining amount determined on a population and Part 1 violent crime statistics, and a direct allocation to units of local government. Once the State allocation is calculated, 60 percent of the funding is awarded to the State and 40 percent to the eligible units of local government. State allocations also have a required "variable pass through to units of local governments, as calculated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) from each State's crime expenditures. There is no match required at the Federal level. However matching is an effective strategy for states and local units of government to expand justice funds and build buy-in for local criminal justice initiatives.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of formula grant awards under this program is 4 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.

Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Departments 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.


All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as described in Chapter 19 of the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide, and as required by award special conditions.


In accordance with the requirements set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial reports and other supporting documents pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $525,171,000; FY 08 $170,433,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Justice Assistance Grant Program Guidance Manual.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 4th Floor, State Policy Office, 810 Seventh Street N.W., Washington, DC 20531; Eileen Garry Deputy Director, Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687 or by E-mail: AskBJA@usdoj.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.

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