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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program supports Department priorities to reduce serious and violent crime, including gun violence; dismantle gang activity; and strengthen local capacity to combat drug abuse. BCJI helps communities build trust and support law enforcement agencies working with these communities by integrating enforcement strategies into community based crime reduction efforts and using this information to understand and target the issues. 

    BCJI is a strategic approach to crime reduction that leverages community knowledge and expertise by focusing enforcement efforts on neighborhoods where crime is concentrated, or crime hotspots.” These neighborhoods face a range of challenges which cause their crime problems, so BCJI employs a multifaceted approach that addresses their roots in order to generate long-term impacts. Persistent crime and public safety problems, especially gang activity and youth violence, cannot be addressed solely by law enforcement. These issues require a comprehensive interagency approach that enables law enforcement, educators, social services agencies, and community organizations to address both public safety problems and their underlying causes. 


    History of Funding

    2021 awards can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    While each BCJI community is unique, most face common challenges and use similar approaches to address crime and safety challenges. These include:

    • Addressing serious and violent crime, with a special emphasis on gun violence and related crimes.
    • Examining conditions that contribute to crime in order to effectively target crime hotspots.
    • Addressing physical conditions that increase risk for crime, seeking to harden these targets through assessments and review of land use, code enforcement, and nuisance laws.
    • Implementing strategies to engage residents, including youth and young adults, in crime prevention efforts. 


    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

    Eligible applicants are city or township governments, county governments, Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations, nonprofits, and private, public, and state-controlled institutions of higher education.

    Deadline Details

    Applicants were to submit an SF-424 and the SF-LLL to by June 22, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST. Full applications were to be submitted to JustGrants by July 6, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST. 

    Award Details

    FY222 estimated number of awards is 14 with an estimated award amount of $800,000-1,000,000. Total funding up to $14 million.

    In FY 2021, there are two categories of awards in BCJI. Categories 1 and 2 support planning and implementation phases as described in more detail below. Category 1 is for larger jurisdictions, and Category 2 is for smaller cities and rural jurisdictions under 100,000 per capita. 

    Anticipated Amount to be Awarded $18,900,000.00. Category 1: Total number of awards BJA expects to make is 10, Maximum dollar amount for each award is up to $1,000,000. Category 2: Total number of awards BJA expects to make is 10, Maximum dollar amount for each award is up to $800,000. Period of Performance Start Date is October 1, 2021, 12:00 AM for a performance duration of 36 months. Cost sharing is not required. 

    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

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