Juvenile Community Alternatives Grant Program
Grant Status Closed
The Juvenile Community Alternatives Grant Program was established under Indiana Code § 31-40-5-5. The program works to fund research-based alternatives to secure detention to reduce the use of secure confinement and out-of-home placement in order to improve positive outcomes for children.
The Youth Justice Oversight Committee developed guidelines for program development that achieve the best outcomes for youth development.
The 2023 final report includes recommendations on best practices and next steps for enhancing Indiana's youth justice system.
The following entities in Indiana are eligible to apply for Juvenile Community Alternatives Grant funding:
- Public entities
- Nonprofit organizations
- Nongovernmental organizations who provide services to youth involved in or at risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system
Neither the invitation to submit an application nor the use of ICJI staff for technical assistance implies that an applicant will receive a grant award. Continuation funding is not guaranteed from year to year. All awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.
If selected, subrecipients must adhere to all of the requirements outlined in the request for proposal.
The Juvenile Community Alternatives Grant Program is a reimbursement-based grant.
The award period for the solicitation is: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025.
Federal law prohibits the use of federal funds from certain activities irrespective of the federal funding source or the specifics of the grant program. These prohibitions include but may not be limited to:
- Lobbying, including attempts to influence legislation or the outcome of any federal, state, or local elections. Recent changes to the law have expanded the prohibition to any federally appropriated funding used, either directly or indirectly, to support the enactment, repeal, modification, or adoption of any law, regulation, or policy, at any level of government, without the express written approval of OJP. Violations of this prohibition are now subject to civil fines of up to $100,000 per violation.
- Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions).
- The direct or indirect support of any contract or subaward to either the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries, without the express prior written approval of OJP.
- Funds may not be used to discriminate against or denigrate the religious or moral beliefs of victims who participate in programs for which financial assistance is provided from those funds, or of the parents or legal guardians of such victims.
Supplanting Prohibited: Federal funds must be used to supplement existing state or local funds for program activities and may not replace state or local funds that have been appropriated or allocated for the same purpose. Additionally, federal funding may not replace state or local funding that is required by law. If a question of supplanting arises, the applicant or subgrantee will be required to substantiate that the reduction in non-federal resources occurred for reasons other than the receipt or expected receipt of federal funds.
The U.S. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policy making and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. OJP is committed to:
- Improving the quantity and quality of data and evidence OJP generates.
- Integrating evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and the field.
- Improving the translation of evidence into practice.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) encourages the use of evidence-based programs and practices. Evidence-based programs and practices generally have one or more rigorous outcome evaluations that demonstrate effectiveness by measuring the relationship between the program and its intended outcome(s). This includes measuring the direction and size of a change in outcome and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. The methodology of the evaluation should rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change. Please refer to the CrimeSolutions.gov website and the OJJDP Model Programs Guide for more information about evidence-based programs in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.
For purposes of this solicitation, please be cognizant of the following definitions:
- “Juvenile justice” refers to activities concerning: (1) the prevention or reduction of juvenile delinquency; (2) the apprehension and adjudication of juvenile offenders; (3) the disposition of juvenile offenders including protective techniques and practices; (4) the prevention of child abuse and neglect; and (5) the discovery, protection, and disposition of children in need of services (Indiana Code § 5-2-6-1).
- “Youth” means any individual who is under juvenile court jurisdiction or is an age at which he or she could be subject to original juvenile court jurisdiction within the state of Indiana.
Webinar on the Juvenile Community Alternatives Grant Program Request for Proposal
ICJI’s Youth Division conducted a webinar on the 2024-2025 Juvenile Community Alternatives Grant Program request for proposal. The webinar included a basic overview of the program, important highlights, and what to know before applying.
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. ICJI is not responsible for technical issues with grant submission within 48 hours of grant deadline.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. It is a resource for practitioners and communities about what works, what is promising, and what does not work in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and child protection and safety. Click the link to view the Model Programs Guide.
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES: The Office of Justice Programs has training and guidance for evidence-based practices. Read the guidance here.