Recovery Act - Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Competitive Grant Program

The Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Competitive Grant Program helps rural states and rural areas to prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related crime and provides for national support efforts, including training and technical assistance programs, strategically targeted
to address rural needs.

In addition to fulfilling the program-specific purposes, projects funded under the Recovery Act should be designed to further one or more of the general purposes of the Recovery Act, which are to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases.

For additional information on Office of Justice Programs Recovery Act Grant Programs, please visit the OJP website at

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Competitive Grant Program helps to improve the capacity of rural local, tribal, and state law enforcement to prevent and combat crime, especially drug related crime.

The Rural Law Enforcement Assistance funding will focus on comprehensive programs in the following areas: 1) combating rural crime; 2) improving rural law enforcement investigations; 3) enhancing rural corrections, detention, and jail operations; 4) facilitating rural justice information sharing; and 5) training and technical assistance.

Hiring personnel to accomplish program goals for each category is an acceptable use of funds.

In addition, a percentage of this funding may be available to fund projects that conduct evaluation or research related to the overall objectives of the program.

To the extent (if any) that this Recovery Act program permits recipients to use funds for construction, renovation, or related projects, the recipient should be aware that special restrictions may be applicable under particular sections of the Recovery Act.

For example, see section 1605 of the Recovery Act (Buy American), section 1606 (wage rate requirements), section 1602 (preference for quick-start activities), and section 1554 (special contracting rules).

Recipients should also be aware of the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Under the Recovery Act, funds may not be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.

Additional government-wide guidance that applies to Recovery Act programs may become available that could affect proposal narratives, time lines, budget requests, certifications and other matters, including appropriate uses of funds and restrictions on uses of funds.

Interested applicants are encouraged to regularly check the OJP website for further information and updates.

All recipients of any funding under the Recovery Act will be required to follow any and all applicable provisions of government-wide guidance that may be issued pursuant to the Recovery Act, even if that guidance is not reflected in this CFDA posting.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness.

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness.

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness.

Profit organization: Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Profit organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Other private institution/organization


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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications must be submitted through the online, Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS) at: Faxed or mailed applications or supplemental materials will not be accepted.

Award Procedures

All applications will be peer reviewed. The BJA Director will then make award recommendations to OJP s Assistant Attorney General, who will make a final determination. Successful applicants are notified via GMS. 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 the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. LPublic Law. 111-5 (the

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Applications will generally be approved or denied within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made within 90 days of application end date. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements


Pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports are required (including performance measure data) to be submitted by each recipient of funds to OJP within 10 calendar days of the end of each calendar quarter, throughout the life of the grant.

Reports should be submitted beginning July 10, 2009.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance Measures: To fulfill the requirements of the Recovery Act and assist in fulfilling the Department s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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. 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


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds. Although Recovery Act funds may be used in conjunction with other funding as necessary to complete projects, tracking and reporting of Recovery Act funds must be separate, to meet the reporting and other requirements of the Recovery Act and other applicable law. There can be no commingling of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0402-1-1-754 - Treasury Symbol: 1509100402.


(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $125,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Application Kit and Questions and Answers posted regularly on the OJP website at: . OJP Financial Guide

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bureau of Justice Assistance Policy Office, 810 Seventh Street NW, Washington 20531 Email:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See solicitation for selection criteria and required elements.

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