The Department of Justice offers funding opportunities to support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions; to assist victims of crime; to provide training and technical assistance; to conduct research; and to implement programs that improve the criminal, civil, and juvenile justice systems.
The Justice Grants System (JustGrants) is the Department of Justice's grants management system for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).
The JustGrants Resources website is an entryway into information about JustGrants and the system itself. Through this portal both award recipients and applicants can access training resources and user support options, find answers to frequently asked questions and sign up for the JusticeGrants Update e-newsletter
Communities that have been affected by mass violence incidents may be able to apply for assistance through several DOJ grants.
The DOJ Program Plan is a tool to help applicants find funding opportunities (solicitations), managed by the DOJ grant-making components, that address their criminal, juvenile, and civil justice needs.
DOJ Grant Agency Sites
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. Therefore, OJP does not directly carry out law enforcement and justice activities. Instead, OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. OJP’s goals are to strengthen partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders; ensure integrity of, and respect for, science - including a focus on evidence-based, "smart on crime" approaches in criminal and juvenile justice; and administer OJP’s grant awards process in a fair, accessible and transparent fashion - and, as good stewards of federal funds, manage the grants system in a manner that avoids waste, fraud and abuse. Visit the OJP bureaus and program offices listed below:
- Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
- Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), supported by OJP, offers a range of services and resources to meet the information needs of anyone interested in criminal and juvenile justice, victim assistance, and public safety.
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administering justice for, and strengthening services to, victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW administers grant programs to help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.
Administrative Relief for DOJ Grant Recipients and Applicants Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Department of Justice recognizes the many challenges that DOJ award recipients are experiencing during the COVID-19 national emergency. On March 19, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued OMB memorandum M-20-17, “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations,” affording Federal awarding agencies additional flexibilities to provide administrative relief to funding recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 national emergency. Relief for various administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards can be found below for DOJ’s three grant making agencies. In addition, these links provide other relevant information and answers to frequently asked questions by recipients and sub-recipients impacted by the COVID-19 national emergency and may be updated as new information becomes available:
- Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
- Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
- Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Please keep in mind that in accordance with M-20-17, exceptions to 2 CFR Part 200 are time-limited and the flexibilities afforded to Federal awarding agencies will be reassessed by OMB within 90 days of the issuance of its memo.
Build America, Buy America (BABA)
The Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act (Pub. L. No. 117-58, §§ 70901-52), enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 15, 2021, requires that “none of the funds made available for a Federal financial assistance program for infrastructure, including each deficient program, may be obligated for a project unless all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States.” (Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act, P.L. 117-58, Secs 70911 – 70917).
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance and additional resources on the implementation of the Buy America Preference in Federal financial assistance programs for infrastructure can be found at Made In America | OMB | The White House.
Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act – Waiver Authority
If the BABA Act applies to a Federal financial assistance award for an infrastructure project, pursuant to Section 70914(b) of the BABA Act, the Department of Justice may waive the Buy America Preference where it finds that:
- Applying the domestic content procurement preference would be inconsistent with the public interest (a “public interest waiver”);
- Types of iron, steel, manufactured products, or construction materials are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of a satisfactory quality (a “nonavailability waiver”); or
- Inclusion of iron, steel, manufactured products, or construction materials produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent.
Waiver(s) Open for Public Comment
None at this time.
None at this time.
Please direct questions regarding the Buy America Preference to the grant manager listed on your organization’s Federal assistance award.