Anti-Gang Initiative

To provide support for new and expanded anti-gang enforcement and prevention activities under the Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative (PSN).

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Multi-Jurisdictional Drug/Gang Enforcement Task Forces, Community Policing, Training and Technical Assistance Projects.

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 - Los Angeles, Tampa, Cleveland, Dallas/Ft.

Worth, Milwaukee, and the "222 Corridor" Easton to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, PA.

Program Accomplishments

Please see:

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to support anti-gang enforcement and prevention activities as specified in the authorization legislation.

Generally, funds may be used to provide additional personnel and equipment for widespread prevention, apprehension, prosecution and adjudication of persons who violate Federal, State, and local laws relating to violent criminal gang activity.

Federal funds must be used to supplement existing funds for program activities and cannot replace, or supplant, nonfederal funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.

For additional unallowable costs, please refer to the OJP, Office of the Comptroller's Financial Guide.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The PSN or gang task force must identify the fiscal agent for the district, which then must be certified by the U.S.

Attorney's Office.

Eligible fiscal agent applicants include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, and private nonprofit organizations.

Sub-recipient eligibility is determined by the PSN Task Force Selection Subcommittee in each of the 94 USA Districts.

Each District's chosen fiscal agent submits the application to BJA.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and units of local governments.


The applicant must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including signed assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. By certifying on-line, the authorizing signing official is also assuring that all federal certifications and assurances are being met. The certification and assurance forms (Assurances, OJP Form 4000/3 and Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements, OJP Form 4061/6) are provided on-line to allow applicants to review and accept them electronically.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Interested parties should contact their local United States Attorney's Office.

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.

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

Application Procedures

Applications are submitted to BJA following the criteria set out in the Anti-Gang Initiative Program Guidance.

Award Procedures



See the program solicitation or contact the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, at 1 (866) 859-2687 or by E-mail: at Website:


Public Law 110-5, embedded Sections 101-104; Public Law 109-108, 119 Stat. 2290, 2302.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not available.


See 28 CFR Part 18.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

There is no match requirement for this grant program. Each USAO District will receive a formula-based award based on the district population and crime problem, including gang crime. Applicants must submit a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and a U.S. Attorney certification letter identifying the fiscal agent. USAO Districts may use up to 10 percent of their approved award for costs associated with administering the grant funds.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each award will be for a period of up to 36 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grant recipients will be required to submit online quarterly financial (Standard Form 269A) reports and semi-annual progress reports, as required by the OJP financial guide.


Recipients who expend $500,000 or more of Federal funds during their fiscal year are required to submit an organization-wide financial and compliance audit report in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, and as stated in the on-line payment process. Receipt of SCAAP payments is considered in establishing the requirement for an audit under the Single Audit Act. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and adhere to the Federal Retention Requirements Act.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $45,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est. not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Each Federal judicial district will be eligible to receive allocation based on a formula that consists of the districts population and crime statistics, including gang crime. FY 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative funding totaled $49 million. Funding amounts ranged from $54,987 to $1,691,216.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The OJP Financial Guide and H.R. 2862.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Los Angeles, Tampa, Cleveland, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Milwaukee, and the "222 Corridor" Easton to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, PA.

Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, Washington DC 20531. Contact: Jonathan Faley, Division Chief. Telephone: (202) 514-2350 or by E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.

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