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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. 

Criminal - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Juvenile - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Civil - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Violence Against Women - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Victims of Crime - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Tribal Justice- Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
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For a comprehensive listing of all Department of Justice (DOJ) grants, please visit www.justice.gov/business/.

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FEATURED AGENCY GRANT

Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

 This program provides supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low income Veteran families who: 1) are  residing in permanent housing; 2) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period; or 3) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income Veteran family’s need and preferences. Grantees will provide outreach and case management services, and will assist participants to obtain VA benefits and other public benefits which may include: legal services; vocational and rehabilitation counseling; employment and training services; educational assistance; health care services; daily living services; personal financial planning services; transportation services; income support services; fiduciary and representative payee services; child care services; housing counseling and services; and other supportive services. Support for legal services can include paying for court filing fees to assist a participant with issues that interfere with the participant’s ability to obtain or retain permanent housing or supportive services, including issues that affect the participant’s employability and financial security. The Program Guide for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program can be found here.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Eligible Grantees: Private non-profit organizations, consumer cooperatives or tribally designated housing entities.

Deadline: 3/17/2015

 Social Innovation Fund - Corporation for National & Community Service

The purpose of the Social Innovation Fund is to grow the impact of innovative community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Social Innovation Fund directs resources toward increasing the evidence-base, capacity, and scale of the organizations it funds in order to improve the lives of people served by those organizations. The Social Innovation Fund also generates broader impact by leveraging the grant program in various ways to improve how philanthropies, federal government departments and agencies, state and local government, and community-based organizations deploy funds to address social challenges. Additionally, it enhances the ability of the nonprofit sector to support the growth of innovative, high-impact organizations.

Funding Source: Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)

Eligible Grantees: Grant Making Institutions: An organization in existence at the time of application that invests in nonprofit community organizations or programs through grants as an essential rather than a collateral means of fulfilling its mission and vision. Eligible Partnerships: A formal relationship between an existing grant-making institution (as defined above) and either an additional grant-making institution, a State Commission on National and Community Service, or a chief executive officer of a unit of general local government, where the partner organizations will share responsibilities under the award.

Deadline:  3/27/2015  

Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program – Health Resources and Services Administration

The is a community-based pilot program targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities.  Its purpose  is to expand outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured individuals and families and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. The overarching goals of this grant funding are to coordinate and conduct innovative outreach activities through a strong consortium in order to: 1) Identify and enroll uninsured individuals and families who are eligible for: public health insurance such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance program, qualified health plans offered through Health Insurance Marketplaces and/or private health insurance plans in rural communities; and 2) Educate the newly insured individuals in rural communities about their health insurance benefits, help connect them to primary care and preventative services to which they now have access, and help them retain their health insurance coverage.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

Eligible Grantees: Rural Public or Rural Non-Profit Private Entity and represent a consortium of at least three (3) health care providers.

Deadline: 3/30/2015

Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release Specialized American Job Centers (AJCs) – U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

The purpose of this program is to provide locally incarcerated offenders with employability skills by providing them workforce services prior to release from local incarceration and linking them to a continuum of employment, training, education, and support services offered through their community-based AJCs post-release, as well as building connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment release. The jail-based specialized AJCs will enable transitioning offenders to prepare for employment prior to release and continue with individual development and service plans (as described in Section IV) in the community once released. The jail-based specialized AJCs will provide an integrated service delivery approach, demonstrated through promising practices and proven strategies of other facility-based one-stop center designs, that combines workforce development and reentry services for transitioning offenders prior to release. This integrated approach will help to ease the reentry transition, increase participant employment prospects, and reduce recidivism with transitioning offenders.

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Eligible Grantees: Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBS) - LWIBs must apply in partnership with their county or municipal governments and their county, municipal, or regional correctional facilities (this excludes any state or Federal correctional facilities that may be located in the local commuting area) and provide evidence of this partnership in their application. In states where the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) carries out the functions of the LWIB pursuant to a DOL approved waiver, or in states designated as a single-state local area, as established under Section 116 (b) of WIA, the SWIB is an eligible applicant.  Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with service providers in their local communities.

Deadline: 4/3/2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

*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

Smart Policing Initiative

The purpose of the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) is to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in implementing and evaluating unique approaches to chronic crime problems; emerging crime problems, or barriers to police agencies’ ability to address such problems. BJA seeks applications from state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies (or other governmental agencies serving as fiscal agents) interested in developing innovative, analysis-driven approaches to crime. The two purpose areas for this program are:  Purpose Area 1: Smart Policing Innovation: Applications under this purpose area are solicited from state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies interested in developing innovative, data-driven approaches to crime. Applicants will: 1) Describe the innovative, data-driven approach to be implemented; 2) Enlist a local research partner from the accredited criminal justice/social science community to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach; 3) Identify a specific category of crime or criminogenic circumstance. Crime examples include but are not limited to: neighborhood drug markets, gun violence in a specific neighborhood, domestic violence and chronic offenders with mental health disorders, and repeat violent offenders; 4) Develop a prevention/mitigation strategy to address the problem; 5) Develop performance measures for the initiative; and 6)Assess and report the results to BJA, who will make the results publicly available. Purpose Area 2: Body Worn Camera Problem-Solving Demonstration Program: Applications for this purpose area are solicited from state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies interested in using BWCS as a key component of a problem-solving strategy to enhance public and officer safety and improve policing practices through increased transparency, accountability, and legitimacy.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: State, local, and tribal government law enforcement agencies or a governmental non-law enforcement agency acting as fiscal agent for the applicant.

Deadline: 3/9/2015

Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms

The goal of this program is to cement or amplify the goals of states' justice reinvestment reform efforts, deepening their reinvestment in and commitment to use of data-driven decision making and evidence-based practices and programs. The objectives of the program are: 1) increase the corrections costs saved or avoided by reducing unnecessary confinement; 2) increase reinvestment in evidence-based practices that reduce recidivism; 3) support justice reinvestment reform efforts by promoting and increasing collaboration and data sharing among agencies and officials who work in criminal justice, including state and local policymakers, law enforcement, prosecution, defense, pretrial, courts, probation, treatment, corrections, reentry, and parole; and 4) enhance the translation of evidence into practice by supporting the use of data analysis results to inform policy decisions.    

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: Units of state government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments ( as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that can demonstrate substantial completion of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative Model. States that underwent a formal justice reinvestment process prior to BJA's launch of the formal Justice Reinvestment Initiative are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 3/10/2015

 Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program

The goal of this program is to assist state teams in developing statewide recidivism reduction strategic plans. The objectives for the Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program are to: 1) identify drivers of recidivism in the state; 2) identify a target population and recidivism reduction goals for the state; 3) review the alignment of existing corrections programs and practices with evidence-based practices; and 4) develop a strategic plan to meet statewide reduction goals using evidence-based practices. At the state level, effective strategies for reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety incorporate the following principles: 1) focus on the individuals most likely to recidivate; 2) use evidenced-based programs proven to work and ensure the delivery of services is high quality; 3) deploy supervision policies and practices that balance sanctions and treatment; and 4) target places where crime and recidivism rates are the highest.  Civil legal services related to the purposes of the grant are an allowable use of Second Chance Act funds.   

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: State correctional agencies (state departments of corrections or community corrections) or state Administering Agencies (SAAs). Agencies from states that were awarded Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction grants in fiscal year 2013 are not eligible to apply. Applicants should note that the next potential opportunity to apply for a Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning grant will be fiscal year 2017.

Deadline: 3/10/2015

 Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities

The goals of this program are to develop and test innovative strategies and to implement evidence-based probation and parole approaches that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety and reducing violent and other crime by effectively addressing individuals’ risk and needs and reducing recidivism. The objectives of this program are to: 1) improve supervision strategies that will reduce recidivism; 2) promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in probation, parole, pretrial, law enforcement, treatment, reentry, and related community corrections fields; 3) develop and implement strategies for the identification, supervision, and treatment of "high-risk/high-needs" supervisees, including subsets of this population, which may serve as a model for other agencies throughout the nation; 4) develop and implement developmentally appropriate strategies for the identification, supervision, and treatment of young adult supervisees that may serve as a model for other agencies throughout the nation; 5) develop and implement strategies to identify and enroll uninsured supervisees into Medicaid, or other insurance through health exchanges, and to connect them to treatment and healthcare providers as appropriate; 6) objectively assess and/or evaluate the impact of innovative and evidence-based supervision and treatment strategies; and 7) demonstrate the use and efficacy of evidence-based practices and principles to improve the delivery of probation and parole supervision strategies and practices.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Deadline: 3/24/2015 

 Smart Prosecution Initiative

The goal of Smart Prosecution is to develop a body of knowledge about data-driven strategies—innovative, best practice, or evidenced-based—as they are implemented by prosecutors. BJA is seeking applications from state, local, or tribal prosecutor agencies interested in testing data-driven approaches that address one or more of the three goals listed below. Smart Prosecution applicants will identify a problem to be addressed and enlist an independent research partner to help evaluate the effectiveness of their Smart Prosecution Effort. Areas of focus for this solicitation include, but are not limited to: 1) applying best or evidenced-based practices to contemporary crime problems and criminogenic circumstances; 2) developing innovative data-driven and crime analysis approaches to reduce crime; 3) improving internal office procedures that ensure public trust and confidence in the justice system; and 4) or inculcating innovative, best or evidence-based approaches in local offices.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: State, local, and tribal prosecutor agencies or a government agency or nonprofit organization as fiscal agent for the applicant.

Deadline: 3/26/2015

Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders

This program is designed to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders through the screening and assessment of incarcerated individuals, availability of some pre-release programming, leading to the provision of appropriate evidence-based services and treatment after incarceration.  Program goals include: 1) increase the screening and assessment that takes place during incarceration as well as improve the provision of treatment to adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders after incarceration; 2) reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by long-term substance abusers with co-occurring disorders during and after the transition from incarceration to community; and 3) reduce recidivism among program participants.  Grant funds for reentry services include referrals to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant to include: securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and creating and/or modifying child support orders and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.  

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments.

Deadline: 3/31/2015

Visiting Fellows Program

The Fellows selected will work in BJA’s Policy Office, which provides national leadership in criminal justice policy, training, and technical assistance to further the administration of justice.  The Policy Office also acts as a liaison to national organizations that partner with BJA to set policy and help disseminate information on best and promising practices.  Through this program, BJA announces plans to invest in the field to advance priority national policy issues and offer cross developmental opportunities for DOJ staff and practitioners and researchers in the criminal justice field.  Awards made under this program will fund fellowships for a total of 12-18 months, including a residency period of at least 6-12 months onsite at BJA in Washington, D.C. The goal of the fellowship is to make important policy and programmatic contributions in a priority area of criminal justice practice. Fellows will work in collaboration with BJA and DOJ staff to help provide outreach, data, research, and subject matter expertise to inform the development of new BJA strategies and programs to benefit the field.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: Individuals, state, tribal, or local government, organizations, or academic institutions seeking to provide federal-level experience for one of its staff members.  Organizations seeking to place their employee as a Fellow under this program will not have programmatic oversight of the staff person for those activities conducted as part of the fellowship. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.

Deadline: 4/2/2015

Research and Evaluation on the Investigation and Adjudication of Campus Sexual Assault

The goals of the Violence Against Women program of research are to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault issues. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women and girls, and promote justice for victims. The objectives of this solicitation are to fund high-quality research projects related to college and university investigative and adjudicative practices for incidents of sexual assault. Funded projects should result in guides and tools for implementing similar practices and protocols at other institutes of higher education including replicable methods for continued testing and evaluation.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States, territories, units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Deadline: 4/6/2015

Research and Evaluation on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals

NIJ seeks application for research and evaluation related to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals. As the elderly population grows, crimes against this population are expected to increase.  NIJ particularly interested in funding research to: 1) determine an estimate to the financial costs associated with elder abuse; 2) develop a taxonomy of case outcomes that can be used to define success from multiple perspectives; and 3) examine theoretical perspectives on elder abuse that move the field toward a better understanding of why perpetrators abuse, neglect, and/or exploit elderly individuals.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States, territories, units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Deadline: 4/7/2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship on Violence Against Women: Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, Teen Dating Violence, and Stalking

NIJ seeks applications to support the scholarship of up to three promising postdoctoral researchers to conduct original data collection and/or secondary data analyses on violence against women (intimate partner violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, stalking) under the supervision of a mentor. The goals of the Violence Against Women program of research are to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault issues. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women and girls, and promote justice for victims. The objectives of this solicitation are to support the development of promising new scholars in violence against women research and to fund high-quality research projects in the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and/or teen dating violence. Postdoctoral fellows funded under this solicitation are expected to publish one or more peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, but may include law review journals, academic press books or book chapters.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States, territories, units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Deadline: 4/7/2015         

Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Violence

NIJ seeks multidisciplinary research and evaluation proposals related to childhood exposure to violence. This solicitation defines "Children Exposed to Violence (CEV)" as including children that are direct victims and/or bystanders or observers of various forms of violence in the home, school, or community, including but not limited to peer victimization, bullying, harassment, child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. This solicitation may be used to address other types of violence to which children are exposed, with the exception of media violence (e.g., television and movie violence, music advocating aggression, and violent video games). In particular, NIJ seeks applications that address justice system responses to children identified as being exposed to violence; polyvictimization and multisystem involvement; and resilience and help-seeking.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States, territories, units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Wrongful Conviction Review Program

The purpose of this program is to provide high-quality and efficient representation for defendants in post-conviction claims of innocence. Post-conviction innocence claims are likely to include complex challenges to the reliability and/or accuracy of evidence presented at trial and generally fall into three categories: 1) eyewitness identification evidence; 2) confession evidence; and 3) forensic evidence. In some cases, post-conviction DNA testing alone can establish innocence, but the majority of cases will rely on other forms of evidence, and many involve DNA testing together with additional sources of proof and/or expert testimony, the costs of which may be prohibitive. The goals of this initiative are to: 1) provide quality representation to those who may have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit; 2) alleviate burdens placed on the criminal justice system through costly and prolonged post-conviction litigation; and 3) identify, whenever possible, the actual perpetrator of the crime.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: Category 1: Applicants are limited to public and nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations) dedicated to exonerating the innocent, institutions of higher learning (including tribal institutions of higher education), and state or local public defender offices. Category 2: Applicants are limited to public and nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities that agree to waive all profits and fees who have experience and expertise in providing representation to wrongfully convicted defendants in post-conviction claims of innocence cases.

Deadline: 4/8/2015

 Social Science Research on Implementation, Dissemination, and Translation

This solicitation seeks proposals for funding for projects to study how criminal justice practitioners use research in their decision-making processes and how they implement evidence-based programs and practices. NIJ is also interested in implementation studies of other programs, policies, and practices. NIJ is particularly interested in understanding the implementation of evidence-based practices and programs in policing, courts, corrections, victim services, and crime/violence prevention. Studies may propose to use any evidence-based intervention, tool, policy or guideline, but are encouraged to consider www.crimesolutions.gov. Although studies of any aspect of the implementation process will be considered,  NIJ is particularly interested in those that do one or more of the following: 1) Seek to describe and understand the multi-level context and environment in which the proposed research will be conducted and investigate the relationship of context to adoption, implementation, and sustainability; 2)  seek to incorporate stakeholder input and relevant outcomes (e.g., for offenders, victims, families, practitioners, administrators, or policymakers); 3) focus on the fidelity/adaptation of implementation efforts, including the identification of components of implementation that will enable fidelity to be assessed meaningfully; 4) assess the capacity of specific settings to incorporate implementation efforts within current organizational forms.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States (including territories), units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Deadline: 4/9/2015

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This program seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  The program: 1) encourages early intervention for those multisystem-involved individuals; 2) maximizes diversion opportunities for multisystem-involved individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders; 3) promotes training for justice and treatment professionals; and 4) facilitates communication, collaboration, and the delivery of support services among justice professionals, treatment and related service providers, and governmental partners.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and tribal organization.  BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.  Only one agency is responsible for the submission of the application in Grants.gov. The lead agency must be a state agency, unit of local government, federally recognized Indian tribe, or tribal organization.

Deadline: 4/14/2015

Research and Evaluation on Justice Systems  

The goals of this solicitation are to improve the knowledge and understanding of criminal justice-related issues and to enhance the function and purposes of criminal justice systems through rigorous social and behavioral science. NIJ promotes the effective, efficient, fair and equitable treatment of offenders and victims through research, development, and evaluation. The objectives of this solicitation are to fund high-quality research projects, and to facilitate advances in basic scientific knowledge and methods.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States (including territories), units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Deadline: 4/15/2015 

Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships

The goals of this program are to improve knowledge and understanding of criminal justice-related issues through science, while using a partnership between research and practitioner agencies in order to do so. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence on both a State and local level and promote healing and justice for victims of all types of crimes. The objectives of this solicitation are to fund high-quality research projects in the field of criminal justice via the use of new or existing partnerships between research and practitioner agencies.

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States (including territories), units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Deadline: 4/20/2015

**NEW** Smart Defense Initiative Answering Gideon’s Call: Improving Public Defense Delivery Systems

The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of public defense delivery systems guided by the Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System, promulgated by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2002.  The ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System (the ABA Ten Principles) represent fundamental building blocks for implementing quality legal representation for indigent criminal defendants.  The goal of this initiative is to ensure that no person faces the loss of liberty without first having the aid of a lawyer with the time, ability, and resources to present an effective defense.  The objectives are to: 1) enhance a state or local jurisdiction’s ability to provide quality representation to indigent defendants; and 2) promote innovation and promote innovative strategies that incorporate the ABA Ten Principles. Smart Defense applications require a research partner/organization as part of the application.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: State or local government agencies, independent boards or commissions, state or local public defender organizations, and other organizations, including nonprofit organization (including tribal nonprofit organizations).

Deadline: 4/22/2015

Post-conviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent

The goal of this program is to fund projects that assist States and units of local government with post-conviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses where actual innocence might be demonstrated. This supports the DOJ mission “…to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.” While successful exonerations to correct injustice are notable program outcomes, the careful review, consideration and closing of cases subjected to post-conviction DNA testing that do not ultimately demonstrate innocence also work to advance the public’s interest that justice has been fairly applied. Funded programs are expected to implement some aspect of each of the following activities, except for case identification, which is not mandatory: 1) Identify potential post-conviction DNA testing cases. A maximum of 15% of the proposed budget may be dedicated to case identification activities; 2) review appropriate post-conviction cases to identify those in which DNA testing could prove the actual innocence of a person convicted of a violent felony offense as defined by State law; 3) locate biological evidence associated with such post-conviction cases; and 4) perform DNA analysis of appropriate biological evidence.      

Funding Source: National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and public institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Deadline: 5/4/2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Criminal - Training and Technical Assistance

**NEW** Smart Defense Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance

The goal of the Smart Defense TTA is to support the needs of local Smart Defense sites and as resources allow, other jurisdictions working on the ABA Ten Principles.  The objectives of Smart Defense TTA are to: 1) assist Smart Defense sites (approximately five sites) successfully implementing data-driven and problem-solving activities in their efforts to ensure quality representation for indigent defendants; 2) improve and enhance site-based grantees’ understanding of Smart Defense goals and objectives; 3) engage proactively with Smart Defense sites to assess progress, address challenges, and identify solutions; 4) communicate regularly with BJA to assess the impact of TTA services on Smart Defense program goals and individual site progress; and 5) provide TTA to other jurisdictions interested in improving their public defense delivery systems through the ABA Ten Principles.

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: For-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and consortiums with demonstrated experience providing national and local-level training and technical assistance.

Deadline: 4/8/2015

 
JUVENILE

Juvenile - Grants

 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, OJP 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 the transition 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. The objectives of this project are to provide young fathers with mentoring and transitional services in both confinement and in the community-based on and matched to their assessed risks and parenting needs that support their successful reentry. Programs should target services to increase positive parenting behaviors, which include but are not limited to homework assistance, words of encouragement/support, limit setting, affection/ hugging/praise, family/child activities, and other behaviors that the applicant identifies. Transitional services should include a broad range of activities, such as providing case management, that target offender needs affecting recidivism and support comprehensive services and implementation of strategies to 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: 3/2/2015

Juvenile - Training and Technical Assistance

Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program

This project will make available and deploy strategic, coordinated training and technical assistance to OJJDP's signature youth violence grantees to help them plan, implement, and sustain their youth violence prevention and well-being work. OJJDP will call on the successful applicant to broker, coordinate, and, in relevant instances, provide a range of high quality, cost-effective technical support on topics and reform (community and system change) processes. The successful applicant will support the communities taking part in the Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention initiatives to reduce violence, improve well-being outcomes, and institutionalize and sustain productive efforts. The successful applicant will help the communities develop professional knowledge and capacity, reform policy and practice, increase effective use of data to inform decision-making, raise public awareness, align and/or reallocate existing resources, enhance community outreach, increase engagement of and collaboration among the full range of stakeholders, and promote collective impact.

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: 3/30/2015

 
CIVIL

Civil - Grants

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

Civil - Training and Technical Assistance

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

 
OFFICE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (OVW)

The primary purpose of the Rural program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas.  This program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professional, and other community organizations to overcome the problem of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and ensure that victim safety is paramount while providing services to victims. The Rural Program also recognizes the richness of diversity in rural communities and areas across the country, and encourages applicants to implement innovative approaches, through capacity-building and partnerships, to address the critical needs of victims in a manner that affirms a victim's culture, effectively addresses language and communications barriers, and ensures accessible services for all victims. Funds under this grant may also be used for providing treatment, counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and other long-term and short-term victim and population specific services to adult and minor victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities, including assistance in immigration matters.   On January 23, the Office on Violence Against Women released a letter noting the addition of legal services and inviting innovative proposals.

Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Grantees: States, Indian tribes, territories, local governments and nonprofit, publlic or private entities, including Tribal nonprofit organizations.

Deadline: 3/4/2015

Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program (LAV Grant Program)

This grant program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimum or no cost to the victims. This program makes awards to law school clinics, domestic violence victims’ programs and shelters, bar associations, rape crisis centers and other sexual assault services programs, private nonprofit entities, Indian tribal governments and tribal organizations, territorial organizations, and legal aid or statewide legal services. LAV Grant Program funds may not be used to provide criminal defense services. Funds may be used to provide direct legal services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. The objective of the LAV Grant Program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. 

Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Grantees: Private nonprofit entities, publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity, territorial organizations, Indian tribal governments, and tribal organizations.

Deadline: 3/11/2015

Enhanced Training And Services To End Abuse In Later Life Program

Recognizing that individuals who are 50 years of age or older who are victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, face unique barriers to receiving assistance, Congress created the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program (Abuse in Later Life Program). In Fiscal Year 2015, OVW plans to fund projects that will support a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse in their communities.   Funds must be used for the following mandatory  purpose areas: 1) providing training programs to assist law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, agencies of states or units of local government, population specific organizations, victim service providers, victim advocates, and relevant officers in federal, tribal, state, territorial, and local courts in recognizing and addressing instances of elder abuse; 2) providing or enhancing services for victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect; 3) establishing or supporting multidisciplinary collaborative community responses to victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect; and 4) conducting cross-training for law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, agencies of states or units of local government, attorneys, health care providers, population specific organizations, faith-based advocates, victim service providers, and courts to better serve victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect.

Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government, tribal governments or tribal organizations, population specific organizations with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals over 50 years of age, victim service providers with demonstrated experience in addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and state, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions.

Deadline: 3/18/2015

Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies (Consolidated Youth Program)

The Consolidated Youth Program supports projects designed to provide coordinated community responses that support child, youth and young adult victims through direct services, training, coordination and collaboration, effective intervention, treatment, response, and prevention strategies. This program creates a unique opportunity for communities to increase collaboration among non-profit victim services providers, violence prevention, and children (0-10), youth (11-18), young adult (19-24) and men-serving organizations, tribes and tribal governments, local government agencies, schools, and programs that supports men’s role in combating sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.  Limited legal services are permitted: "Generally, grant funds may not be used to provide legal representation in civil or criminal matters, such as family law cases (divorce, custody, visitation and child support), housing cases, consumer law cases and others. Grant funds may be used to support legal representation only for matters of stay away or protection order proceedings, immigration issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, legal advocacy, and court accompaniment."

Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Grantees: 1) A nonprofit, nongovernmental entity with either: A) a demonstrated primary goal of providing services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking; or B) a primary goal of serving adult victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, but which has a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; or C) a demonstrated history of creating effective public education and/or community organizing campaigns to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;  2) An Indian tribe or tribal nonprofit organization that provides services to children and youth who  are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and 3) A territorial, tribal or unit of local government entity.

Deadline: 3/19/2015

Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program

This program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond to and prosecute these crimes.  The development of campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is crucial. To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations.   The fourth purpose area includes: “4. To develop, enlarge, or strengthen victim services programs and population specific services on the campuses of the institutions involved, including programs providing legal, medical, or psychological counseling, for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to improve delivery of victim assistance on campus.” (Emphasis added.)  A mandatory program requirement includes establishing an external partnership with “At least one criminal justice system or civil legal assistance entity or organization such as external law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices, civil legal assistance providers, court or law enforcement-based victim services units, or courts.”  (Emphasis in original).

Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Grantees: Institutions of higher education as defined under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998.

Deadline: 3/20/2015

Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program

This program encourages partnerships between state, local, and tribal governments, courts, victim service providers, coalitions and rape crisis centers, to ensure that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are treated as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system and community-based victim service organizations. It also challenges the community to work collaboratively to identify problems, and share ideas that will result in new responses to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.  Purpose areas under this program include: 1) strengthening legal advocacy service programs and other victim services of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including strengthening assistance to such victims in immigration matters; 2) to educate federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local judges, courts, and court-based and court related personnel in criminal and civil courts (including juvenile courts) about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and improve judicial handling of such cases; and 3) plan, develop and establish comprehensive victim service and support centers, such as family justice centers, designed to bring together victim advocates from victim service providers, staff from population specific organizations, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, governmental victim assistants, forensic medical professionals, civil legal attorneys, chaplains, legal advocates, representatives from community-based organizations and other relevant public or private agencies or organizations into one centralized location, in order to improve safety, access to services, and confidentiality for victims and families.

Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women

Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government, Indian tribal governments and state, local, tribal and territorial courts, nonprofit and tribal government victim service providers, state or tribal sexual assault or domestic violence coalitions, and certain governmental rape crisis centers (in a state other than a territory).  Grant recipients that received funding for 36 months in Fiscal Year 2013 or 2014 are not eligible for Fiscal Year 2015 awards.

Deadline: 3/24/2015

OVW - Training and Technical Assistance

For information on other OVW training and technical assistance opportunities, please visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov.

  

OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME (OVC)

OVC - Grants

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

OVC - Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

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

  

OFFICE OF TRIBAL JUSTICE (OTJ)

OTJ - Grants

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

OTJ - Training and Technical Assistance

For information on other OTJ training and technical assistance opportunities, please visit www.justice.gov/otj

Helpful Links

Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Writing and Management Academy

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Grants.gov

OJP Grants 101

Tribal Justice and Safety Resource Page

 

 

Updated February 25, 2015