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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Program

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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 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

    ?In FY 2019, BJA will be focusing nationally on the following priority areas: 

    • Reducing Violent Crime - BJA encourages applicants to tailor JAG-funded programs to local violent crime issues and to be data-informed in their work. Units of local government should consider investing JAG funds in programs to combat illegal gun violence, and to improve the process for ensuring that persons prohibited from purchasing guns are prevented from doing so, by utilizing technology (e.g. eTrace and NIBIN) to analyze evidence as well as by enhancing complete, accurate, and timely reporting to the FBI. Applicants are also encouraged to coordinate with Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) grantees in order to leverage funding for violence reduction projects, and to coordinate law enforcement activities with those of federal law enforcement agencies.
    • Officer Safety and Wellness - BJA sees a vital need to focus not only on tactical officer safety concerns, but also on health and wellness as they affect officer performance and safety. It is important for law enforcement to have the tactical skills necessary, and also be physically and mentally well, to perform, survive, and be resilient in the face of the demanding duties of the profession. BJA encourages applicants to use JAG funds to address these needs by providing training (e.g. paying for tuition and travel expenses) as well as funding for health and wellness programs for law enforcement officers.
    • Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement – BJA encourages applicants using JAG funds to support law enforcement hiring, training, and technology enhancement, as well as information sharing, cooperation, and coordination among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies to help secure U.S. borders (and internationally accessible waterways and airports). These activities are deemed critically important to the reduction, intervention, and prevention of transnational drug-trafficking networks, gangs, and combating all forms of human trafficking and related sexual assaults within the United States.
    • Responding to the Opioid Crisis - BJA encourages local governments to use JAG funds to support law enforcement actions to fight the opioid epidemic such as addressing the supply of both diverted prescription drugs and illegal drugs, and supporting first responders when encountering overdoses. JAG funds can also be used for training and safety measures to prepare for potential encounters with synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. This may include covering the cost of providing naloxone to all officers and the cost of fentanyl detection testing. 

    History of Funding

    The BJA Success Stories web page 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.  See more at:

    Additional Information

    NOTE: Beginning in FY 2017, all recipients, either through direct award or sub-grants, must provide a properly-executed certification regarding compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373: Communication between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.   This requirement regarding 8 U.S.C. § 1373 will not apply to subawards to Indian tribes. 


    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 those units of local government appearing on the FY 2019 Allocation list ( Additional law enforcement agencies, public entities, and non-profit organizations may apply to these applicants for sub-grants. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by August 23, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $84,500,000 is available in FY 2019. JAG funds are allocated through a formula based on their share of violent crime and population. A list of local allocations for FY 2019 is available to view at: Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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