Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program

To improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, such as activities pertaining to crime prevention, control, or reduction, or the enforcement of the criminal law, including, but not limited to, police efforts to prevent, control, or reduce crime or to apprehend criminals, including juveniles,

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activities of courts having criminal jurisdiction, and related agencies (including but not limited to prosecutorial and defender services, juvenile delinquency agencies and pretrial service or release agencies), activities of corrections, probation, or parole authorities and related agencies assisting in the rehabilitation, supervision, and care of criminal offenders, and programs relating to the prevention, control, or reduction of narcotic addiction and juvenile delinquency.
Examples of Funded Projects

Neighborhood Watch; preventing and investigating motor vehicle title fraud and theft; law enforcement gang investigations; community prosecution; problem-solving courts; state and local prosecutor training; offender reentry initiatives; substance abuse and mental health needs of offenders; information sharing within the criminal justice system; and training and technical assistance to prevent crime and drug abuse; enhance local law enforcement, courts, and corrections; and facilitate justice information sharing.

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.

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Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

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 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

The Byrne Competitive Program helps improve the capacity of local criminal justice systems and provides for national support efforts such as training and technical assistance projects to strategically address needs.

Funds can be used for national scope replication, expansion, enhancement, training, and/or technical assistance programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include national, regional, State, or local public and private entities, including for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, tribal jurisdictions, and units of local government.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 225 for State and local governments and 2 CFR Part 230 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

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 Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) or the Office of Justice Programs' Grants Management System (GMS) at https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov). 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 for competitive programs. See the program solicitation or contact the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Telephone: (1-866) 859-2687; E-mail: byrne.discretionary@usdoj.gov.


Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies for competitive programs.


See 28 CFR Part 18.


Continuation grants are renewable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants may be made for amounts up to 100 percent 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 Justices 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 grantees fiscal year. 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.


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 est $16,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs' Financial Guide 2006 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Postaward Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf) 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; E-mail: AskBJA@usdoj.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact BJA for more information.

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