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The purpose of this resource page is to identify open grants, training and technical assistance that may be of particular interest to defender agencies, courts, state, local and tribal jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and non-profit organizations that are working to enhance legal assistance and related services for historically underserved populations. Please contact the issuing entity for more information about listed grants, training and technical assistance. 

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FEATURED AGENCY GRANT

Justice AmeriCorps Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children – Corporation for National & Community Service
This Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (Notice) will support a program jointly sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to improve the efficient and effective adjudication of immigration court proceedings involving unaccomplished children. Grants awarded in response to this Notice will enable grantees to enroll lawyers and paralegals to serve as AmeriCorps members providing legal services to this vulnerable population. Specifically, the program is intended to provide legal services to children under the age of 16 who: 1) are not in the custody of the Office of the Refugee Resettlement or the Department of Homeland Security; 2) have received a Notice to Appear in removal proceedings before EOIR; and 3) have not had their cases consolidated with removal proceedings against a parent or legal guardian (Unaccompanied Children or Unaccompanied Child). The objectives of the program are to: 1) provide legal services to Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Proceedings; 2) increase the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration court cases involving those children; 3) facilitate identification of Unaccompanied Children who have been victims of abuse, trafficking, or trauma or who may be abuse, trafficked, or traumatized upon return to their country or nationality or last habitual residence; 4) refer suspected cases of abuse, trafficking. And trauma to appropriate law enforcement authorities and/or appropriate support services; 5) build pro bono capacity to support and represent the population of unaccompanied children in the immigration court locations(s) in which members will serve; and 6) strengthen national service so that participants engaged in supported programs consistently find satisfaction, meaning, and opportunity to continue to serve this population at other times in their legal careers.
Funding Source: Corporation for National & Community Service
Eligible Grantees: Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; Indian Tribes; and intermediaries planning to sub-grant awarded funds are all eligible to apply under his notice.
Deadline: 7/22/2014

**NEW** Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Grants Competition (SIF PFS) – Corporation for National and Community Service
The purpose of the PFS Competition is to advance and develop emerging models that align payment for social services with verified social outcomes. Consistent with the broader purpose of SIF, the intent of the PFS Competition is to encourage the implementation of PFS strategies in order to enhance the reach and impact of innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities. An additional objective of this competition is to better understand in what fields of practice and under what conditions PFS strategies can scale evidence-based practices, drive better outcomes and achieve greater cost efficient for preventative social service interventions and services. The PFS Competition will target activities in three focus areas: Youth Development – Preparing America's youth for success in school, active citizenship, productive work, and healthy and safe lives; Economic Opportunity – Increasing economic opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals, and; Healthy Futures – Promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing the risk factors that can lead to illness.
Funding Source:
Corporation for National and Community Service
Eligible Grantees: Nonprofit organizations, public or nonprofit universities, foundations, state and local governments (and other political subdivisions), tribes, as well as certain faith-based organizations with practical experience in social finance (and related fields), designing and implementing open application processes and managing Grantees and Sub-Recipients.
Deadline:
7/31/2014

 

*On occasion, this section will feature relevant cross-cutting DOJ and other federal agency grants. For a comprehensive listing of all federal grants, please visit www.grants.gov.

CRIMINAL
Criminal Grants

 


Criminal Training and Technical Assistance

 

JUVENILE
Juvenile Grants

Smart on Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform
Through this solicitation, OJJDP will make an award to an organization/partnership of organizations to provide intensive, targeted, training and technical assistance to Hawaii, Kentucky, and Georgia to ensure successful implementation of their juvenile justice reforms. The provider will assist state policy and judicial leaders and agency staff with implementing policy changes. Potential activities will be tailored to the specific state.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Eligible Grantees: Private nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Deadline:
7/16/2014

Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program This program will fund agencies that utilize a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to provide intervention and supervision services for youth with sexual behavior problems and treatment services for their child victims and families. Award recipients will target for services youth with sexual behavior problems, their child victim(s), and parents/caregivers. The purpose of this program is to prevent sexual re-offending and to promote healing/services to victims and families. This program will assist communities in developing a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to providing treatment services and community supervision for youth with sexual behavior problems and treatment services to victims and families of these youth. Multi-disciplinary teams should consist of the following members: social services staff, juvenile court staff, mental health personnel, victim advocate personnel, law enforcement, and community-support providers.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Eligible Grantees:
Category 1:
Nontribal Project Sites – Eligible applicants are limited to states and territories, units of local focal government, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations;
Category 2: Tribal Project Sites – Eligible applicants are limited to federally recognized Indian tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Deadline: 7/17/2014

Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships between Young Fathers and their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project
This initiative will support the successful and safe transition of young fathers from secure confinement back to their families and communities. To this end, ODDJP will provide grants to support mentoring and transitional services to offenders who are young fathers reintegrating into their communities. Mentoring and transition services should start during secure confinement and continue through transitioning back to the community and post-release. The goals of this solicitation are to reduce recidivism among young fathers; improve outcomes for young fathers, their children, and family members; and promote responsible fatherhood.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: Nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community nonprofit organizations) and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Deadline: 7/17/2014

School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court This program is the DOJ and OJJDP component of a major new program undertaken with HHS/SAMSHA and the Department of Education. Education's and SAMHSA's components are part of the Administrator's Now Is The Time Initiative. In alignment with those grant programs, OJJDP's School Justice Collaboration Program aims to collaboratively: 1) engage the courts, law enforcement, and other stakeholders in efforts to improve school climates; 2) respond early and appropriately to student mental health and behavioral needs; use positive, alternative responses, such as diversion programs, restorative justice responses, and court-led problem-solving approaches to avoid referring students to law enforcement and juvenile justice; and 3) facilitate a proactive and supportive school reentry process in those instances in which a youth is referred to the justice system. This program will further the goals of interagency work already in process on supportive school discipline.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: Category 1: Local School Justice Collaboration Program – Local juvenile and family courts (including rural and tribal juvenile family courts) that can verify that they have a partnership with a local education agency (LEA) that has applied to the Department of Education's School Climate Transportation Grants-LEA (SCTG) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Now Is the Time Project AWARE-LEA program; Category 2: School Justice Collaboration Program National Training and Technical Assistance – Applicants are limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Deadline:
7/21/2014

Family Drug Court Statewide System Reform
OJJDP seeks to infuse effective family drug court practices established at the individual, local level and institutionalize them in the larger state-level child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems. The purpose of this state systems reform effort is to expand the scale of family drug courts (i.e., penetration rate of the larger child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems) and scope (i.e., range of comprehensive services for families) to serve all families in the child welfare system affected by the parental substance use disorders more effectively and improve child, parent and family outcomes
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: State Administrative Office (AOC), working in conjunction with and coordinating closely with the state’s Court Improvement Program (CIP). Although the AOC is the designated lead agency, the application should be submitted jointly with the state child welfare agency and state substance abuse treatment agency as required collaborating partners. ODJJDP recognizes other key agencies (as appropriate to the applicant) are considered essential collaborating partners. These applicable partners, which may vary by applicant, must demonstrate buy-in and active support for the initiative.
Deadline: 7/23/2014

Enhancements to Juvenile Drug Courts
OJJDP envisions a nation where our children are healthy, educated, and free from violence. If they come into contact with the juvenile justice system, the contact should be rare, fair and beneficial to them. To fulfill this vision, OJJDP will make awards to currently operating juvenile justice drug courts to enhance their capacity and the services they provide. A juvenile drug court provides comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, community based-based services for youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system due to alcohol or drug use. Juvenile drug courts must serve youth younger than 18. Funds from this program cannot serve violent offenders. For purposes of this grant program, the term "violent offender" means a juvenile who has been convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent for a felony-level offense that: 1) has an element, the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or the possession or use of a firearm; or 2) by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person 0r property of another may be used in the course of committing the offence.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: States, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments acting directly or through agreement with other public or private entities. Applicants must have an operating drug court.
Deadline: 7/23/2014

Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Responses to Underage Drinking Initiative
This initiative will enhance the capacity of Tribal Healing Wellness Courts to respond to the alcohol-related issues of youth who are younger than 21. The goal of this program is to improve outcomes for at-risk and high-risk tribal youth and reduce negative outcomes related to underage drinking, including juvenile delinquency and injury or fatality due to alcohol-related impaired driving. To achieve this goal, the program will focus on supporting qualified Tribal Healing to Wellness Court programs (Category 1) to develop or enhance policy, procedure, assessment tools, or service models that address youth who possess and/or consume alcohol and suffer from alcohol-related issues. Programs should enhance tribal collaboratives and partnerships, address the needs of tribal youth, and utilize tribal resources, as appropriate. Category 1 objectives and deliverables include determining gaps in policies, procedures, assessment tools, and services that new or improved activities would enhance in working with youth. Gaps to be addressed may include: 1) culturally appropriate provisions for right to counsel for person younger than 21 who have alcohol-related issues; and 2) judicial policies that work appropriately in tribal justice systems to allow for delinquent charges/records to be expunged after completion of court-ordered action/programming. Category 2 objectives and deliverables include: providing support, technical assistance, and training to Tribal Healing to Wellness Court project sites that are developing or enhancing policies, procedures, assessment tools, and services that address youth who possess and/or consume alcohol and suffer from alcohol related issues. Such support is to be provided to the courts and their stakeholders, including but not limited to family and juvenile justice professionals, teachers and other school personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, child advocates, victim service providers, case managers, outreach workers, the judiciary, health and mental health professional, and other relevant stakeholders, as the project site identifies.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees:
Category 1: Project Sties. Limited to federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that are currently operating juvenile, juvenile and family, or family Healing to Wellness Courts. (Tribal youth courts are not eligible.)
Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. Limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Deadline: 8/1/2014


Juvenile Training & Technical Assistance

Smart on Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
This project will support the implementation of a major OJJDP initiative to address racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, further strengthening OJJDP's support for the core requirement to reduce disproportionate minority contact of youth with the juvenile justice system. This solicitation will establish the Technical Assistance Center to End Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System, which will provide tailored education, training and technical assistance, and resources to state, local, and tribal governments and private organizations to help them address their needs in reducing disproportionate minority contact.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Deadline: 7/14/2014


Smart on Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Prosecution Curriculum Development, Training and Technical Assistance Program
The goal of this solicitation is to make an award to an organization/partnership of organizations to develop curricula and a program of training and technical assistance activities for prosecutors who handle cases of juvenile delinquency (offending), including cases that address missing and exploited child issues. Key objectives of the project will include: 1) development of curricula for prosecutors of juvenile offending cases; 2) specialized training and curricula in the prosecution of youth arrested for offenses related to missing and exploited children's issues; 3) establishment of a facilitated peer network for prosecutors of juvenile cases; 4) development and dissemination of publications and online resources; and 5) coordination with the successful applicant of the OJJDP FY 2014 Smart on Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform solicitation.
Funding Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Deadline: 7/14/2014

For information on other Juvenile training and technical assistance opportunities, please visit www.ojjdp.gov/funding

CIVIL
Grants - Civil

For information on other Civil opportunities, please visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov.


Civil Training and Technical Assistance

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OFFICE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (OVW)
OVW Grants

For information on other OVW opportunities, please visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov.


OVW Training & Technical Assistance

For information on other OVW opportunities, please visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov.


OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME (OVC)
OVC Grants

Vision 21 Tribal Community Wellness Centers: Serving Crime Victims' Needs
OVC's goal for this solicitation is to foster innovation that will support efforts of a tribal community to expand current crime victim assistance programs of models to address the complex, longer-term challenges many victims face. Consequently, this solicitation offers tribes an opportunity to address underlying factors such as poverty, historical trauma, substance abuse, health disparities, and lack of economic and educational opportunities that may contribute to the cycle of violence in a community and prevent the provision of trauma-informed, culturally appropriate services to victims and their families. It also recognizes the importance of building on the inherent strengths and resilience of tribal culture and traditions to develop longer-term, complex needs victims and survivors. The strategy of co-location, linking, and/or increasing access to diverse resources and services within the framework of a tribal Community Wellness Center may offer multiple advantages. Victims and families will get help without traveling to multiple locations and meeting with multiple providers. It may promote higher levels of collaboration and information sharing. Co-locating may reduce stigma for crime victims by offering services commonly used by the larger community (such as employment or housing services) along with crisis intervention counseling, and legal advocacy that may be specific to victims of crime.
Funding Source: Office for Victims of Crime
Eligible Grantees:
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, may apply. This includes Alaska Native villages and tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes.
Deadline:
7/15/2014

For information on other OVC opportunities, please visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc.

OVCSTraining & Technical Assistance

For information on other OVC opportunities, please visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc


OFFICE OF TRIBAL JUSTICE (OTJ)
OTJ Grants

For information on other OTJ opportunities, please visit www.justice.gov/otj


OTJ Training & Technical Assistance

For information on other OTJ opportunities, please visit www.justice.gov/otj


Helpful Links

Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Writing and Management Academy

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

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OJP Grants 101

Tribal Justice and Safety Resource Page

Updated: July 2014
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