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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Department of Justice Makes $850 Million Available to Help Public Safety Agencies Address COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN DIEGO – The Department of Justice today announced that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, will allow eligible state, local and tribal governments to apply immediately for these critical funds. The department is moving quickly to make awards, with the goal of having funds available for drawdown within days of the award.

“Our first responders and law enforcement officials are putting themselves in harm’s way to an even greater extent than usual in order to protect our communities from this invisible enemy,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “We hope these funds will help keep them safe as they keep us safe.”

“This is an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history and an especially dangerous one for our front-line law enforcement officers, corrections officials, and public safety professionals,” said Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “We are grateful to the Congress for making these resources available and for the show of support this program represents.”

The solicitation, posted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), will remain open for at least 60 days and be extended as necessary. OJP will fund successful applicants as a top priority on a rolling basis as applications are received. Funds may be used to hire personnel, pay overtime costs, cover protective equipment and supplies, address correctional inmates’ medical needs and defray expenses related to the distribution of resources to hard-hit areas, among other activities. Grant funds may be applied retroactively to Jan. 20, 2020, subject to federal supplanting rules.

Agencies that were eligible for the fiscal year 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program are candidates for this emergency funding. Jurisdictions in the Southern District of California are eligible for about $2.5 million in grants.

 

City of Carlsbad

$47,395

City of Chula Vista

$166,711

City of El Cajon

$89,355

City of El Centro

$41,808

City of Escondido

$125,276

Imperial County

$39,018

City of La Mesa

$41,734

City of Lemon Grove

$35,545

City of Oceanside

$153,578

City of San Diego

$1,217,682

City of San Marcos

$42,488

Brawley

$33,734

National City

$67,168

San Diego County

$307,082

Vista

$81,883

TOTAL

$2,490,457

 

A complete list of eligible jurisdictions and their allocations can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/program/fy20-cesf-allocations.

For more information about the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, please visit https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-18553. For more information about the Office of Justice Programs, please visit https://www.ojp.gov/.

 

Contact: 
Kelly Thornton (619) 546-9726
Press Release Number: 
CAS20-0401-$850 Million Available-Public Safety Agencies-COVD-19
Updated April 1, 2020