Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
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Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. While funds can be used to support a broad range of activities, the program places emphasis on breaking the cycle of substance use and crime, combating violence, holding offenders accountable, reinforcing law enforcement efforts, supporting adjudication and enhancing technology and information sharing.
Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following program areas:
- law enforcement programs;
- prosecution and court programs;
- prevention and education programs;
- corrections and community corrections programs;
- drug treatment and enforcement programs;
- planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and
- mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.
Funded programs or initiatives may include multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces, crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, justice information sharing initiatives, or other programs aimed at reducing crime and/or enhancing public/officer safety.
State agencies, units of local government, and units of tribal governments are eligible to apply for JAG program funding.
A local unit of government is defined as: a city, county, town, township, or other political subdivision of a state; any law enforcement district or judicial enforcement district that is established under applicable state law and has authority to, in a manner independent of other state entities, establish a budget and impose taxes; and includes Indian tribes which perform law enforcement functions as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. A city or county jurisdiction must be the recipient on behalf of city and county departments.
- Award Period
- Priority Areas
- Program-specific Requirements
- Unallowable Costs
- Match Requirement
The award period for the current grant cycle is from January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. Projects should begin on January 1, 2022, and must be in operation no later than 60 days after January 1, 2022. Failure to have the funded project operational within the time allotted may result in the cancellation of the grant and the de-obligation of all awarded funds.
All projects must conclude, and all funding obligations must be made no later than December 31, 2022. All outstanding expenses must be paid, and the Final Fiscal Report must be submitted via Intelligrants within thirty (30) days from December 31, 2022.
All program activities must be completed by the end of the award period, including the purchase and acquisition of equipment. All grant-funded equipment must be purchased, installed, and operational by the end of the award period. Subrecipients will not be eligible to seek reimbursement for equipment that is purchased during the award period, but not installed or operational prior to the end of the award period, and the subrecipient will be required to de-obligate any related funds.
Applications for funding should fall under one of the JAG funding priority areas identified below. Priority will be given to programs that address one of the JAG funding priority areas and demonstrate evidence-based practices.
- Restoring Justice includes enhancing access to services and building tools to support diversion and alternatives to incarceration.
- Community Violence Intervention includes enhancing law enforcement practices and building community engagement.
- Law Enforcement Accreditation, Policy Development, and Training includes law enforcement accreditation and developing and maintaining policies and law enforcement training focused on addressing those areas most likely to promote trust, transparency, and accountability, including use of force, racial profiling, implicit bias, procedural justice, and duty to intervene.
- Technologies to Support Transparency and Information Sharing between Law Enforcement and Communities includes software and hardware solutions designed to enhance agency transparency with the capability of facilitating information sharing with the public, promoting an agency’s work, and developing data-driven programs that improve public safety and build trust. Examples could include, but are not limited to, the sharing of information about crime statistics, locations of criminal activity, aggregated information regarding internal affairs complaints, resolutions of cases and issues in the community, support for community surveys, and outreach to residents to gather feedback.
- Sustaining COVID-19 Criminal Justice Innovations includes innovative ways to administer justice while balancing the need to mitigate the coronavirus and maintain social distancing. While many of these innovations have an upfront cost, they may be proven to be cost saving and efficient over time. As such, it is important to sustain these cost-saving efficiencies that results from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Innovative Forensic Technologies such as Rapid DNA for Booking Stations includes the implementation of Rapid DNA technology in booking stations within the State of Indiana. Rapid DNA, or Rapid DNA analysis, is a term used to describe the fully automated (hands free) process of developing a DNA profile from a reference sample mouth swab in 1-2 hours without the need of a DNA laboratory and without any human intervention. The overall goal of the Rapid DNA initiative is to immediately enroll qualifying arrestees in CODIS and search unsolved crimes of special concern in near real time during the booking process. Please contact ICJI for more information related to the prerequisites for agencies to participate in Rapid DNA.
Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces (MJTF)
An MJTF is a program that integrates a minimum of three agencies in at least two Indiana counties, or the integration of at least two county task forces which show collaboration with state and federal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of enhancing interagency coordination, intelligence, and facilitating multi-jurisdictional investigations.
- Detail a comprehensive strategy that includes undercover investigation, direction, and control of confidential informants, drug interdiction efforts, and prosecutorial support.
- Attach copies of policies and procedures concerning task force asset forfeitures and program income.
- Ensure Task force members’ required training is complete.
- A memorandum of understanding between all participating agencies must be submitted to ICJI with the first quarter reports.
- Body Worn Cameras: Copy of the agency’s Body Worn Camera Certification.
- Bullet Proof Vest: Copy of the agency’s Body Armor Certification.
Applications requesting confidential funds must read and comply with the requirements set forth in the DOJ Financial Guide. Additionally, all applications including a request for confidential funds must provide the Confidential Fund Certification.
DNA Testing Programs
If JAG funds are used for DNA testing of evidentiary materials, any resulting eligible profiles must be uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) by a government DNA lab with access to CODIS. No profiles generated with JAG funds may be entered into any other nongovernmental DNA database.
Problem Solving Court Programs
Subrecipients seeking JAG funding for problem-solving court programs should provide the following at the time of application:
- Copy of Certification as an Indiana Problem Solving Court.
- Policies and procedures related to operation of the program.
- The schedule for fees charged to participants.
- Copy of all agreements with service providers working with the court. This is not to be limited to only treatment providers, but should include those providing education services, job enhancement skills, individual/family behavioral counseling, etc.
Any approved conferences or trainings must abide by the Office of Justice Programs policy on conference costs, including related expenses for lodging and transportation. Visit the DOJ Financial Guide for the most updated and current eligible conference information, as cost limitations are dependent upon overall cost and costs per attendee.
JAG funds may not be used (directly or indirectly) for any purpose prohibited by federal statute or regulation, including those purposes specifically prohibited by the JAG Program statute as set forth in 34 U.S.C. § 10152. JAG funds may not be used (directly or indirectly) for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety. Additionally, grant funds may not be used for any of the following items:
- Vehicles, vessels, or aircraft.
- Luxury items.
- Real estate.
- Construction projects.
- Any similar matters or items as identified by the DOJ.
- Weapons and/or accessories.
- Ammunition (lethal or non-lethal).
- Electronic Immobilization Devices (“EID”).
- Military-type equipment.
- Repair and maintenance for equipment obtained through the DoD program.
- Canines and related expenses.
- Restitution payments.
- First Class travel.
- Pre-agreement costs.
- Rental costs are limited to fair market value for similar facilities in your locality. Rental rates in excess of this amount will need special approval.
- Calculation and reimbursement for mileage, per diem, and lodging cannot exceed state rates. Learn more.
- Daily subsistence within the targeted service area (daily subsistence can only be requested if travel occurs outside the targeted service area and in accordance with such rules established by the Indiana Department of Administration.
Additionally, federal law prohibits the use of federal funds for certain activities irrespective of the federal funding source or the specifics of the grant program. These prohibitions include but may not be limited to:
- State and local taxes
- Fines and penalties
- Home office workspace and related utilities
- Passport charges
- Food and/or beverages
- Membership fees to organizations whose primary activity is lobbying
- Land acquisition
- Bonuses or commissions
Matching or cost sharing means the portion of project costs not paid by federal funds. Match is typically stated as a percentage of the total project costs for an award.
There is no match requirement for first year and second year JAG subrecipients. All other programs and subrecipients must follow the match requirement schedule listed below. In order to continue funding new programs, ICJI has eliminated funding for the continuation of JAG programs after five (5) years of funding.
- 3rd year – 25% match
- 4th year – 50% match
- 5th year – 75% match
- 6th year – Ineligible for JAG funding
Applicants may satisfy the match requirement with cash, in-kind services, or program income funds. Additionally, matching funds must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must be verifiable from the subrecipient’s records;
- Are not included as contributions for any other federal award;
- Are necessary and reasonable for the accomplishment of the project or program objectives;
- Are allowable under 2 C.F.R. 200.400;
- Are not paid by the federal government under another federal award, except where authorized by federal statute;
- Are provided for in the approved budget; and
- Conform to all other provisions of 2 C.F.R. Part 200.
Match is restricted to the same use of funds as allowed for federal funds. If the expenditure is not allowable with federal funds, it is not allowable with match funds.
Applicants must identify all sources of the non-federal portion of the total project costs (i.e., match funds), and applicants must explain how the match funds will be used in the budget narrative section of the application within IntelliGrants.
Subrecipients are required to submit quarterly programmatic and fiscal reports in IntelliGrants. Upon submission, an ICJI grant manager will then review and approve or deny the reports. Each program report and fiscal report must be approved by ICJI prior to seeking reimbursement.
Additionally, subrecipients are required to submit quarterly programmatic reports via the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Performance Measurement Tool.
Developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, multiple webinar trainings are now provided to assist grantees with their reporting on the JAG Accountability Measures. Grantees are encouraged to review each training module that applies to the use of their program funds.
JAG Program Modules
- 2022 Awards
Number of Awards: 50
Total Amount Awarded: $3,326,740.07
Indiana State Police
Indiana State Excise Police
Indiana State Police
Indiana Department of Correction
Indiana State Police
Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division
Boone County Prosecutor’s Office
Boone County Sheriff's Office
Cass County Prosecutor’s Office
Clark County Sheriff's Office
Sellersburg Police Department
Frankfort Police Department
Huntingburg Police Department
Wakarusa Police Department
Goshen City Police Department
City of Fishers
Cicero Police Department
Avon Police Department
Town of Knightstown
Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office
Edinburgh Police Department
Knox County Sheriff's Department
Vincennes Police Department
Pierceton Police Department
Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Town of Claypool
Winona Lake Police Department
Cedar Lake Police Department
Crown Point Police Department
Hobart Police Department
Summitville Police Department
Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency
Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office
Stinesville Police Department
Noble County Sheriff's Department
Cannelton Police Department
Tell City Police Department
Pike County Government
Posey County Sheriff's Office
Carthage Police Department
South Bend Police Department
Shelburn Police Department
Sullivan Police Department
Tippecanoe County Drug Task Force
West Lafayette Police Department
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office
Evansville Police Department
Vigo County Sheriff's Office
- Past RFPs
For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the ICJI Helpdesk, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, except state holidays. For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, please contact: Leann Jaggers at LeJaggers@cji.in.gov or Butch Michael at MMichael1@cji.IN.gov.Email Us