BJA FY23 National Center on Restorative Justice

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks to fund an accredited university of higher education or law school to manage and expand the work of the National Center on Restorative Justice, with the overall purpose to educate, train, and build knowledge on restorative justice approaches, principles, and their application to criminal justice and community safety. This includes educating and training the next generation of justice leaders on the use of restorative justice within, or in alignment with, criminal justice systems.

    The National Center on Restorative Justice Center has two purposes:

    1. Educate and train the current and next generation of juvenile and criminal justice leaders, engage and challenge undergraduate, graduate, and law students to broaden their understanding of criminal justice systems and restorative justice approaches, and support the development of training and curricula to serve restorative and criminal justice practitioners in the field.
    2. Conduct research focused on restorative justice principles and practices. This research should include scanning the field to track restorative justice practices and innovation, assessing how best to provide direct services that address social inequities through the use of these concepts, and the impact of RJ approaches to address public safety and increase access to key services that reduce criminal justice involvement, such as simultaneous access to substance use disorder treatment, higher education, and recovery support. This may include a combination of approaches, including conducting research and evaluations, identifying gaps in research, and translating research in the area of restorative justice, including supporting researcher–practitioner partnerships.

    History of Funding

    One award up to $3,000,000 was given in FY2019. The 2019 awardee can be found here:

    Additional Information

    BJA oversees a large and active portfolio of training and technical assistance (TTA). Because this award will be made as a cooperative agreement, BJA staff and leaders will manage the award in close consultation with the awarded TTA provider, using the following principles as guidance:

    • Informed by data, the needs of the field, and research to provide efficient and consistent delivery of services, TTA partners will actively gather input from grantees and the field and data on relevant crime issues to inform the approach and the TTA plan's feasibility. Any proposed approaches will employ adult learning theory and research on effective practices, and they should leverage technology to enhance the quality of services.
    • To reach members of the field where they are and reach a broader audience, TTA partners will ensure that their TTA strategies are fair, flexible, and can be useful for persons and agencies with varying levels of capacity and experience. TTA partners will have a diverse team of members who can effectively work with the field and bring creative ideas to expanding the impact of BJA's TTA. 
    • To assess the TTA's impact and make refinements to better accomplish their goals, TTA partners will have a plan to ensure their TTA strategies are implemented with fidelity, and they will assess how well those being served are engaged and applying what is learned. The partners will evaluate the intended outcome to make refinements to their approach.  
    • By anticipating BJA processes and approvals to proactively manage and share updates and current and relevant information with the field. TTA partners will use a proactive project management approach to ensure the planning and problem solving to accomplish goals and to ensure BJA and those being served aware of status, is coordinated closely with other BJA partners, and ensures effective use of funds. In addition, the TTA partners must make all resources available to the field and proactively market their resources. 

    This program will include a subaward program component, which is a subaward program made through a competitive selection process whereby the direct recipient (selected TTA Provider) subawards federal funding to a select group of subrecipients. Under this framework, the direct recipient TTA provider will deliver ongoing training and technical assistance to the subrecipients to ensure their successful implementation and to help them build their capacity to conduct this work. 

    The use of BJA grant funds for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV), and all accompanying accessories to support UAS or UAV, is unallowable.  


    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 limited to:

    • accredited universities of higher education and
    • accredited law schools. 

    Deadline Details

    Applicants must submit their SF-424 and SF-LLL forms through by May 1, 2023 at 8:59 PM EST. The full application through JustGrants must be submitted by May 8, 2023 at 8:59 PM EST.

    Award Details

    One award up to $3,000,000 will be given in FY23. No cost sharing or matching is required. Project period lasts 48 months starting on October 1, 2023.

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