National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

The purpose of this project is to provide training and technical assistance to localities participating in the Forum and to assist the Forum Coordination Team (FCT) with the development and support of new Forum sites.

The Forum was created to build the capacity of localities across the country
to more effectively address youth violence through multi-disciplinary partnerships, balanced approaches, data-driven strategies, comprehensive planning and the sharing of common challenges and promising strategies.

The Forum has the following overarching goals that serve as benchmarks of success: 1.

Elevate youth and gang violence as an issue of national significance; 2.

Enhance the capacity of participating localities, as well as others across the country, to more effectively prevent youth and gang violence; and, 3.

Promote systems and policy change by expanding engagement, collaboration, and coordination in addressing youth violence at the national, state, and local levels.

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

Uses of these funds may be for one or more of the following purpose areas: Staff Coordination and Support; Management Information System Development or Enhancements; Development or Enhancements of Program Monitoring, Process Evaluation, and Outcome or Performance Evaluation (e.g.

hiring a local research partner); Data Collection Efforts; and Training and Technical Assistance for Preventing School Violence and Community-Based Violence Prevention Strategies.

Construction is an unallowable use of funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


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


Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Subject to annual appropriations.

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

Grants will be awarded for a 24 to 36 month project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide 2011 ( and Post Award Instructions (

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-352, recipients 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. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice s 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. These audits are due to the cognizant federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee s fiscal year.


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



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 12 $1,674,252; FY 13 est $2,000,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Capacity Building Awards up to $125,000
Training and Technical Assistance Award up to $1 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Program solicitation,
Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide 2011 ( ) and Post award Instructions (, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dennis Mondoro U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 202-514-3913

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The purpose of the Forum Capacity-Building Grants will be to foster the implementation and/or enhancement of local Youth Violence Prevention Plans for the existing six (6) sites that have been participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention initiative. This funding will provide jurisdictions with the ability to leverage other funds and give them tangible support as they continue the implementation process. Non-competitive awards in the amount of $125,000 for a two year period will be made to each of the six (6) cities (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, and San Jose) that have completed plans. Applications for the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation will be peer-reviewed and will be selected based on the following criteria: •Statement of the Problem (5 percent of 100); • Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures (20 percent of 100); • Project Design and Implementation (20 percent of 100); •Capabilities and Competencies (40 percent of 100); •Budget (complete; reasonable and allowable; cost-effective, and necessary for project activities) (15 percent of 100).

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