Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Program

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    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

    JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation (including forensics), data collection, training, personnel, equipment, forensic laboratories, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems that will improve or enhance such areas as: 

    • 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.
    • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
    • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
    • ?Implementation of state crisis intervention court proceedings and related programs or initiatives, including, but not limited to, mental health courts, drug courts, veterans courts, and extreme risk protection order programs.  

    In FY 2023, BJA will be focusing nationally on the following priority areas: 

    • Advancing Justice System Reform Efforts
    • Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
    • Preventing and Combating Hate Crimes
    • Crime and Violence Reduction Strategies
    • Community Based Violence Intervention (CVI) Approaches

    JAG funds awarded under this FY 2023 solicitation may also be used to: 

    • Support reentry projects with the goal of improving outcomes for incarcerated individuals returning to the community from prison or jail.
    • Support projects related to preventing, detecting, seizing, and/or stopping the presence and use of contraband cellphones within correctional facilities. This includes the purchasing of managed access systems and other mitigation technologies (as permitted by applicable law).
    • Purchase fentanyl and methamphetamine detection equipment, including handheld instruments and training for law enforcement safety, as well as opioid reversal agents.
    • Purchase drug-detection canines to combat the rise of drug trafficking, including that of methamphetamines.
    • Support efforts to seal and expunge criminal history information in accordance with state laws and policies.
    • Support efforts to attract and retain an all-inclusive, diverse, expert, and accountable law enforcement workforce, with a focus on gender and racial diversity.
    • Support virtual reality de-escalation training.
    • Purchase humane remote restraint devices that enable law enforcement to restrain an uncooperative subject without inflicting pain.
    • Purchase gunfire detection technology.
    • Promote data sharing and sex offender monitoring. 

    Additionally, JAG funds awarded under this FY 2023 solicitation may be used for any purpose indicated here: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/jag-use-of-funds.pdf


    History of Funding

    The BJA Success Stories web page, found here https://bja.ojp.gov/news/feature-stories, features JAG projects that have demonstrated success or shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. This web page will be a valuable resource for States, localities, territories, tribes, and criminal justice professionals who seek to identify and learn about JAG and other successful BJA-funded projects linked to innovation, crime reduction, and evidence-based practices. 

    Additional Information

    The USDOJ provides additional guidance for applicants interested in funding for the following purchases:

    • Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs)
    • Body Armor
    • Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA)
    • Interoperable Communications
    • DNA Testing of Evidentiary Materials and Uploading DNA Profiles to a Database
    • Entry of Records into State Repositories
    • National Incident-based Reporting System (NIBRS)

    The following items are prohibited expenditures:

    • Vehicles, vessels, or aircraft (*Police cruisers, police boats, and police helicopters are allowable vehicles under JAG and do not require BJA certification. Vehicles (including motorcycles, SUVs, and ATVs) used as police cruisers” are not prohibited under JAG)
    • Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) and/or any accompanying accessories to support UAS or UAV devices/systems
    • Luxury items
    • Real estate
    • Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions)
    • Any similar matters


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants are limited to those units of local government appearing on the FY 2023 Allocation list, https://bja.ojp.gov/program/jag/fy-2023-allocations

    Deadline Details

    Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov by August 24, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

    Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by August 31, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

    Award Details

    Up to $102,778,619 million is available in 2023 for direct allocations to eligible applicants. A list of allocations may be viewed at: https://bja.ojp.gov/program/jag/fy-2023-allocations. Additional law enforcement agencies, public entities, and non-profit organizations not on this list may apply to these applicants for sub-grants.

    Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will vary based on size of award. Allocation Amounts of Less than $25,000 will extend 2 years in length. Allocation Amounts of $25,000 or more will extend 4 years in length.

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