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Juvenile Diversion Planning Grant Program

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Juvenile Diversion Planning Grant Program

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The Juvenile Diversion Grant Program was established in Indiana Code § 31-40-5-6. Pursuant to statute (IC 31-40-5-3) the grant program has the following purpose areas: (1) to prevent further involvement of the child in the formal legal system, (2) to provide eligible children with alternatives to adjudication that require the least amount of supervision and conditions necessary, consistent with the protection of the community and the child’s risk of reoffending, as determined by a risk screening tool when appropriate under IC § 31-37-8.5-1., (3) to emphasize the use of restorative justice practices, defined in IC § 31-37-8.5-1 as services focused on repairing the harm caused to victims and the community as a result of a child’s behavior, and (4) to reduce recidivism and improve positive outcomes for a child through the provision of research based services, if warranted, that address the child’s needs.


Public entities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and nongovernmental organizations who provide services to youth involved in or at risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system may apply for funding. An entity may apply, but will not be eligible for a grant until the entity has prequalified through a series of threshold requirements including:

  1. A review of the entity’s good standing with Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR), Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and Secretary of State (SOS).
  2. Each grant awarded must be overseen by the local regional Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) or another local collaborative body that includes juvenile justice stakeholders and engages in collaborative service planning for the county. For more Information about local Justice Reinvestment Advisory Councils and member requirements, please visit the Indiana Office of Court Services JRAC page. Contact information for existing local JRACs can be located in the JRAC Directory.
  3. All grant recipients must agree to report performance measures on a monthly or quarterly basis and are required to provide an aggregate report at the end of the grant cycle. Recipients will be required to maintain case-level data for the purposes of research and evaluation. The required performance measures are outlined in the Youth Justice Oversight Committee’s Grant Processes Report.

Collaboration Requirements

Counties must convene their local or regional Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) or another local collaborative body that includes juvenile justice stakeholders and a juvenile court judge to assess needs for diversion programs.

The assessment must include:

  • Review of youth justice system data.
  • Review of existing programs and services.
  • Identification of community organizations and groups with which partnerships could be developed for program implementation.
  • Review of best-practices.
  • Consideration of any economies of scale in regionalization.

The award period for this grant shall be October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025. Projects should begin on October 1, 2024, and must be in operation no later than sixty (60) days after this date. Failure to have the funded project operational within sixty (60) days from October 1, 2024, may result in termination of the grant and the deobligation of all awarded funds.

All projects must conclude, and all funding obligations must be made no later than September 30, 2025. All outstanding expenses must be paid, and the final fiscal report must be submitted via IntelliGrants within thirty (30) days of September 30, 2025. Proof of payment for all expenses must be provided with the final fiscal report. Late fiscal and programmatic reports will not be accepted.

Activities supported by this program are determined by statute (Indiana Code § 31-40-5-3) and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) policies and procedures. If an applicant receives an award, the funded project is bound by the provisions of this solicitation and any other applicable laws, rules, policies, and regulations. Funds for this program will be awarded up front, rather than on a reimbursement basis. Verification of expenses along with verification of payment of expenses must be provided to ICJI on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Allowable activities and costs are those that support the planning of the implementation, operation, and delivery of services to youth involved in or youth to be diverted from the juvenile justice system. These activities include but may not be limited to:

  • Activities that develop youth diversion programs.
  • Activities that are evidence based or restorative justice projects.
  • Activities aimed at recidivism reduction and the promotion of positive outcomes.
  • Collaboration activities to plan the programs.
  • Travel to observe promising programs in another area of the state.

ICJI strongly recommends programs that are evidence based or considered to be promising practices. The selected program may be altered to meet the requirements of the applicant, but fidelity should be maintained as closely as possible. More information regarding rated programs and practices, as well as examples of model programs may be found here or here.

Personnel, employee benefits, cost of supplies, and travel to perform the activities listed below are allowable costs. Overtime for grant funded staff is an allowable cost, but to claim the increased rate, there must be a separate line item in the budget that includes the overtime rate of pay.

  • Planning activities for the development of a collaborative program.
  • Technical assistance with respect to adherence, implementation, or application of model programs.
  • Preparations and implementation of a chosen evidence-based project.

The following budget items listed below are ineligible and will not be supported by this program’s funding:

  • Direct financial assistance to a client such as cash.
  • Supplanting existing positions or offsetting existing expenses of the recipient.
  • Lobbying.
  • Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions) and time spent procuring funding including completing federal and state funding applications.
  • Purchase of real estate.
  • Construction and physical modification to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting).
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  • Indirect cost rate and/or de minimis rate.
  • Timeline: A timeline for the completion of the project and/or expenditure of the grant funds.
  • The Collaboration Plan: It is required by IC § 31-40-5-5 that a collaboration plan is created by either the local or regional justice reinvestment advisory council or some other collaborative body that includes stakeholders across the juvenile justice system, to oversee each grant award to the county and to engage in collaborative service planning for the county.
  • Audit Record: Include your most recent State Board of Accounts or independent audit.
  • Miscellaneous 
    • If applying for funds for personnel costs, attach the relevant job descriptions.
    • If applicable, attach other requested information.

Webinar on the 2024-2025 Juvenile Diversion Planning Grant Program RFP

ICJI’s Youth Services Division is conducting a webinar on the 2024-2025 Juvenile Diversion Planning Grant Program request for proposal. The webinar will include a basic overview of the program, important highlights, and what to know before applying. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions from the division. Registration is not required.

Meeting Dates June 19th and July 3rd, 2024
Meeting Time: 2 pm
Meeting number: 161 862 1851
Join by phone: +1 646 828 7666
The password to join is: YOUTH24

Join here

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Funding Availability

Awards provided by this this solicitation are for a twelve-(12) month period of funding. This program is funded by the Indiana General Assembly through the state’s biennial budget.

In the interest of supporting rural counties with limited-service capacity, each county is eligible for $20,000 for a one-year planning grant to prepare for implementation of their program.

Technical Assistance

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.

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