Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community-based partners, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices (USAOs) in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories.


    • Create and implement sustainable collaborations and comprehensive violent crime reduction strategies with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (where applicable) law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community-based partners, and other stakeholders to address the most pressing violent crime problems in a community.
    • Foster community trust in, and increase legitimacy of, federal, state, and local law enforcement entities through the development of violent crime reduction strategies, public education approaches, and transparent accountability mechanisms.
    • Effectively use intelligence and data to identify violent crime drivers and individuals at risk of violence victimization or perpetration in order to intervene, prevent, and improve outcomes.

    PSN's Four Design Features Applicants are expected to use funds to support one or more of the following four PSN design features:

    1. Community Engagement -Meaningful engagement between and among communities, law enforcement, prosecutors, and other stakeholders is an Page 6 of 18 O-BJA-2022-171346 essential component of an effective violence reduction strategy. Absent community trust, support, and legitimacy, violence reduction strategies are likely to have only short-term, limited, or no effect and may create divisions between law enforcement agencies and prosecutors and the communities they serve. Ongoing engagement involves open communication and builds relationships, trust, and shared public safety values between community members and law enforcement.
    2. Prevention and Intervention- Effective PSN Teams engage in problem-solving approaches that address violent crime using all the tools at their disposal. This includes utilizing strategies to address risk and protective factors, which often involves building relationships with representatives of agencies and organizations most suited to provide education, social services, job training and placement, reentry programs, or similar resources to those in need. Prevention and intervention activities can provide individuals and families with skills, opportunities, and alternatives that can ultimately help to reduce violent crime in communities.
    3. Focused and Strategic Enforcement - To address violent crime, PSN initiatives often focus strategic enforcement on a limited number of problem places and individuals driving violent crime. Violent crime is often driven by a small number of prolific offenders; they are often involved in gangs, neighborhood crews, and violent street groups and are typically concentrated in hotspots and small micro-places” (e.g., a street segment with abandoned homes; a problem bar, gas station, or convenience store; or an open-air drug market). In some jurisdictions, intimate partner violence is the main violent crime concern. Critical elements of strategic enforcement include understanding the most significant drivers of violence and resources, leveraging technology and analytics, developing and implementing enforcement strategies, and deterring others from engaging in violence, which could also be through public awareness about enforcement actions and available assistance.
    4. Accountability -PSN represents a major investment of funding, technical assistance resources, human capital, and other resources at the national, state, and local levels. The ultimate goal of PSN is to reduce the level of violence in our communities. Analyzing and assessing information about the incidence of violence and the effectiveness of strategies to address it are important for PSN's success and credibility. A research partner is an especially valuable partner who can assist with measuring the impact of PSN strategies on violent crime and community health. 

    Each of these design elements is extensively discussed in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Blueprint for Success, which can be a resource to the PSN Team and FY 2022 formula grant applicants:

    BJA is seeking proposals to complete the following objectives:

    • Implement one or more effective strategies to prevent, respond to, and reduce violent crime. 
    • Support the PSN Team's specific activities and resource requirements by implementing the 
    • district's larger PSN strategy in collaboration with all relevant partners and stakeholders. 

    History of Funding

    For FY22 more than $17.8 million was awarded. A total of 93 awards were granted. FY2022 awardee can be seen at

    For FY21 more than $17.5 million was awarded. A total of 88 awards were granted. FY2021 awardees can be seen at

    Additional Information

    PSN should be a part of an overall comprehensive violent crime reduction, public safety, and community engagement strategy. Applicants are encouraged to leverage other federal grant dollars and existing resources already in the community, and to partner with a research entity to conduct an assessment of the PSN initiative. 


    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 PSN Task Force fiscal agents for the U.S. Attorney districts. All fiscal agents must be certified by the relevant district's United States Attorney. Eligible USA-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofits), and federally recognized American Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). 

    Deadline Details

    In FY 2023, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a two-step process. 

    • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by April 4, 2023 by 8:59 p.m. (EST). To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal. 
    • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants by April 11, 2023 by 8:59 p.m., (EST). . 

    Award Details

    Up to $20,000,000 was available in FY23. Maximum dollar amount for each award: Determined by formula. Up to 93 awards will be granted. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods extend up to 36-months, starting October 1, 2023.

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

    • New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Enhance Response, Investigation, and Prosecution of Domestic Violence - Sponsored by Panasonic - Playback Available


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