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GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2012

            MACON: Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced today that grant funds are available to Middle District agencies through two Department of Justice solicitations.

Applications are sought from state agencies, units of local governments and non-profit organizations who wish to plan, implement, and enhance place-based, community-oriented strategies to address neighborhood-level crime issues as a component of or a foundation to a broader neighborhood revitalization or redevelopment initiative through the FY 2012 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI)
            Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) resources will target locations where a significant proportion of crime occurs as compared to the overall jurisdiction. BCJI furthers the Department’s mission by leading efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that help advance broader neighborhood development goals.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek certification by their U.S. Attorney and local policymakers. 
            There will be two categories of awards.  Category 1: Planning and Implementation, which will provide up to $1 million for a 36-month project period including the planning period  and Category 2: Enhancement, which will provide up to $600,000 for a 36-month period, including the planning period. 
            The deadline for applications is June 7, 2012.  Interested organizations and agencies may contact Pamela Lightsey, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 478-621-2603 for more information or visit www.bja.gov/

            In addition, law enforcement agencies, state and local government agencies, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations and private nonprofit organizations  who wish to implement anti-gang initiatives consistent with the goals of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program are invited to apply for the FY 2012 Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program.  Eligible applicants must be certified as qualified PSN Task Force fiscal agents by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

            This is a competitive solicitation.  Applicants must apply to the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.  Contingent upon the availability of funds, awards of up to $150,000 will be made.  All applications are due by June 14, 2012.
           
            Interested organizations and agencies may contact Pamela Lightsey, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 478-621-2603 for information regarding the application process and deadline or visit http://www.bja.gov/

            The Anti-Gang Initiative is a federal initiative to reduce gang violence.  The initiative includes partnerships among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; strategic planning and training that brings together federal, state, and local officials to build effective teams; outreach to communities; and accountability for impact on community safety.
                                                                 
            The nation’s 93 U.S. Attorneys, including Mr. Moore, have taken the lead in bringing the Anti-Gang Initiative to the states and communities they serve.  In partnership with federal law enforcement, they spearhead the enforcement task forces, work with local officials and state prosecutors to identify the most effective laws to use against gang violence, and help focus community attention and energy on reducing gang violence.   

            “In this time of ever limited resources, we are very pleased to be able to assist Middle District agencies in locating funding opportunities such as these two grants,” Moore stated. 

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