Emergency Law Enforcement Assistance Grant

The purpose is to provide necessary assistance to (and through) a state government to provide an adequate response to an uncommon situation that requires law enforcement or threatens to become of serious or epidemic proportions, and in which state and local resources are inadequate to protect the lives
and property of citizens or to enforce the criminal law.

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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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance can be used for personnel costs, to include overtime or straight time for officers affected by the emergency situation.

The funds may not be used as noted below:
• The perceived need for planning or other activities related to crowd control for general public safety projects; and
• A situation requiring the enforcement of laws associated with scheduled public events, including political conventions and sporting events.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not Applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not Applicable.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The applicant will submit the required paperwork through OJP s Grants Management System (GMS), and the program office will review all relevant materials. Before the award can be processed, a financial clearance must be approved. BJA will make the award through the GMS system and provide notification to the grantee. The grantee must sign the acceptance of the award package before the award is complete. BJA will review all applications in consultation with appropriate members of the federal law enforcement community, including the United States Attorney(s) in the affected District(s).


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


Justice Assistance Act of 1984, Section 609M, Public Law 98-473, 42 U.S.C 10513.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 15 days. BJA is responsible for approving or disapproving the application not later than 10 days after receiving the application.


See CFR 28, part 18 for applicable OJP appeals procedures.


> 180 Days. The recipient may request a no-cost extension to the performance period, which is typically etween 180 and 365 days.

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

The project period is normally 12 months, with availability of project period extensions.

See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide 2011 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post Award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Recipients are required to submit semi-anual Progress Reports.

Recipients are required to report quarterly financial reports to OJP.

To assist in fulfilling the Department"s 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.


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) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $3,255,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards may be made up to the amount available under this program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of Section 609M of the Justice Assistance Act of 1984 (42 USC 10513, Public Law 98-473).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tracy Trautman US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1) Problem: The nature and extent of such emergency throughout a state or in any part of a state;
2) Cause: The situation or extraordinary circumstances which produced such emergency;
3) Resources: The availability of state and local criminal justice resources to resolve the problem;
4) Assistance required: The cost associated with the increased federal presence;
5) Other assistance: The need to avoid unnecessary federal involvement and intervention in matters primarily of state and local concern; and

Other requirements: Any assistance that the state or other appropriate unit of government has received, or could receive, under any provision of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (JAG funding).

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