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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 designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. The program's effectiveness is based on the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in each district. The USA is responsible for establishing a collaborative PSN task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement and other community members to implement gang and gun crime enforcement, intervention, and prevention initiatives within the district.

    Through the PSN task force, the USA will implement the five design features of PSN to address specific gun crime and gang violence, in the most violent neighborhoods. In FY2021, these PSN design features include:

    • Leadership - Leadership United States Attorneys, working with state, local and tribal law enforcement, are the cornerstone of the law enforcement response to crime in their jurisdictions, and must take the leadership role in developing and implementing a crime-reduction program to help local law enforcement address violent crime problems
    • Partnership - The United States Attorney must work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors, as well as the community. All of these stakeholders are necessary partners in this work and must collaborate to achieve success
    • Targeted and Prioritized Enforcement - PSN requires each district to develop data-driven strategies to target enforcement efforts in locations with significant violent crime problems and against offenders who are driving the violence
    • Prevention - While enforcement is a cornerstone of violence reduction, the PSN program requires a comprehensive approach that also focuses on prevention and deterrence efforts. This entails developing effective relationships with both community leaders and residents, understanding the needs and priorities of the community, and effectively communicating how law enforcement's efforts are helping to reduce crime and increase public safety. Additionally, PSN encourages partnerships with local prevention and reentry programs that can help reduce violent crime by keeping at-risk populations (especially at-risk youth) from offending in the first place.
    • Accountability - PSN must maintain accountability by measuring results based on outcome (reduction of violent crime), as well as numbers of investigations and prosecutions. PSN's success is ultimately measured by the reduction in violent crime, specifically felonious firearm possession and use, and criminal gang violence

    BJA is seeking proposals to complete the following objectives:

    • Establish and implement effective programs and strategies that enable PSN teams to effectively and sustainably prevent and respond to violent crime and/or criminal gang violence.
    • Establish a productive research plan that is integrated into the strategic and tactical operations of PSN teams and community agencies.
    • Foster effective and consistent collaborations, within police agencies, with external agencies, and with the communities in which they serve, that increase public safety and reduce violent crime and criminal gang violence.
    • Create and maintain coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, with an emphasis on prevention, tactical intelligence gathering, more vigorous and strategic prosecutions of illegal weapons possession and criminal gang violence, and enhanced accountability. 

    History of Funding

    FY 2020 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 United States Attorney's Office (USAO). Eligible USAO-certified fiscal agents include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. 

    Deadline Details

    In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a NEW two-step process. 

    • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in at 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 at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants Application deadline. 

    Award Details

    Up to $18,000,000 is available in total funding. Awards are 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, 2021.

    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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