Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Program

To reimburse State, county, parish, tribal, or municipal governments only for costs associated with the prosecution of criminal cases declined by local U.S.

Attorneys" offices.

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

Fiscal Year 2008: The NBPI system is in the process of being completed to allow potential grantees on the Northern Border to apply for this funding. The Bureau of Justice Assistance expects to open the online application in mid June. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

While funds from Northern Border Prosecution Initiative federal payments may be used by applicant jurisdictions for any purpose not otherwise prohibited by federal law, using funds for the support and enhancement of prosecutorial and detention services is encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Sponsored organization: Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No formal preapplication coordination is required.

Previous year applicants are notified two to three weeks prior to the opening of each application period.

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 Northern Border Prosecution Initiative system: Faxed or mailed applications or supplemental materials will not be accepted.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed and approved on the basis of their adherence to program guidelines and funding availability. Applicants will receive up to 100 percent of eligible case costs, based on the availability of funds. Should application amounts exceed available funding, applicants will receive funds on a uniform, pro-rata basis.


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


Public Law No. 111-8, 123 Stat. 524, 580 authorizes the reimbursement of county and municipal governments in Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin for specific categories of expenses associated with the handling and processing of federally initiated cases along the Northern Border.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Subject to congressional appropriation. Consult the Application Kit or contact the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the office of Justice Programs for application deadline.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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: Please contact program office for more assistance.

Post Assistance Requirements



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.


Documents supporting a federally initiated and declined/referred case must be retained for three years after the submission of the case for NBPI funds. Documents can include paper or electronic case files, e-mails from the U.S. Attorney s Office, case notes, or documentation of telephone or face-to-face meetings with U.S. Attorney s Office staff or federal law enforcement officials.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 08 $26,374; FY 09 est $3,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Applicants do not request an amount. Instead their award is based on available funding and the number of eligible cases. There is no maximum project period associated with this program since it is a payments reimbursement program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See the NBPI website:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Joseph Husted, Bureau of Justice Assistance, State Policy Office, 810 Seventh Street N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: (202) 353-4411 or 1-866-859-2687

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See solicitation for selection criteria and required elements.

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