Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) (Texas)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Texas Office of the Governor


    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Criminal Justice Grant Program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime. Based on their own local needs and conditions, agencies are provided with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

    • Law enforcement programs.
    • Prosecution programs.
    • Crime prevention programs.
    • Corrections and community corrections programs.
    • Reentry programs.
    • Assessment and evaluation programs.

    In Texas, the Office of the Governor will accept applications to provide personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice purposes.

    Criminal Justice Purposes” is defined as activities pertaining to crime prevention, control, or reduction, or the enforcement of the criminal law, including, but not limited to, police efforts to prevent, control, or reduce crime or to apprehend criminals, including juveniles, activities of courts having criminal jurisdiction, and related agencies (including but not limited to prosecutorial and defender services, juvenile delinquency agencies and pretrial service or release agencies), activities of corrections, probation, or parole authorities and related agencies assisting in the rehabilitation, supervision, and care of criminal offenders, and programs relating to the prevention, control, or reduction of narcotic addiction and juvenile delinquency.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    JAG funds cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety. Additionally, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly to pay for any of the following items:

    • Construction, renovation, or remodeling
    • Medical services
    • Security enhancements or equipment for non-governmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety
    • Non-law enforcement vehicles or equipment for government agencies that are for general agency use
    • Equipment, supplies, and other direct costs associated with processing DNA evidence
    • Activities or costs in support of Operation Border Star (agencies seeking such funding should apply under the PSO Local Border Security funding announcement)
    • Law enforcement equipment that is standard department issue
    • Transportation, lodging, per diem or any related costs for participants, when grant funds are used to develop and conduct training for outside participants
    • Items listed on the Byrne JAG Prohibited Expenditure Category A and B List
    • Rifle-resistant body armor (NIJ Compliant Type IIIA and below is eligible)
    • Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state or local law or regulation


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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Texas state agencies, public and private institutions of higher education, independent school districts, Native American tribes, councils of governments, non-profit corporations (including hospitals and faith-based organizations), and units of local government.

    Eligible applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) database located at https://sam.gov/

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by February 8th, 2024. Applicants must contact their applicable regional council of governments (COG) regarding their application. Each of Texas' 24 COGs holds its own application planning workshops, workgroups, and/or subcommittees and facilitates application prioritization for certain programs within its region. Failure to comply with regional requirements imposed by the COG may render an application ineligible.

    Award Details

    Awards will be at least $10,000 each. Project periods may extend up to 12-months, beginning October 1, 2024. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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