Purpose of the Funds: The purpose of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance
Grant Program, offered through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is to
promote working partnerships between federal, state, and local governments to
support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve
the criminal justice system.
Funding Priorities: The goal for the Colorado Justice Assistance Grant
(JAG) Program as established by the Governor-appointed JAG Board is:
To support implementation of sustainable programs or provide resources that prevent or reduce or address crime,
delinquency, and recidivism, or improve outcomes for those affected
by crime, using innovative multidisciplinary, evidence-based, promising or best practices.
These funds are for start-up
efforts; either to attempt a new project design or to replicate a successful
project. Because of the 48-month funding cap, it is expected that State and
local agencies will assume fiscal responsibility for projects when the federal
JAG funding is no longer available.
Applicants are highly encouraged to
consider use of research, evidence-based or promising practices, programs and
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 program areas:
- Law enforcement programs
- Prevention and education programs.
- Drug treatment programs.
- Corrections and community corrections programs
(including reentry) .
- Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement
- Prosecution and court programs.
- Crime Victims and Witness Protection (other than
Eligibility & Requirements: Units of government at the municipal, county and state
level, including special districts may apply to the Office of Adult and
Juvenile Justice Assistance, Division of Criminal Justice, for a JAG grant. The
JAG program strongly encourages partnerships, so applications may support
projects involving combined teams of agencies at all levels and including
non-profit organizations. However, non-profit organizations cannot apply
directly for JAG funding*. Non-profit organizations may participate as a team
member, with the government agency assuming overall responsibility and leadership
for a project.
*The JAG Board finds that to prevent
fragmentation of law enforcement it will accept limited grant applications from
non-profit organizations representing statewide associations of local law
enforcement. These non-profits must include in their applications how the grant
will benefit statewide priorities adopted annually by the Board.
Solicitation Schedule: The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) opens up for
applications in January of each year (dependent on federal allocations).
Generally, six weeks are given between the announcements and when applications
will be due. The JAG Board meets to make preliminary funding decision in
May/June and then final decisions are made in July after the reconsideration
process. Grant periods are October 1 to September 30 of each year.
Emergency Funding: Emergency funding proposals may be reviewed
on an as needed basis, if funds are available. These proposals will be
forwarded to the JAG Board Executive Committee if the applicant meets both of
the following criteria:
- The Applicant has
demonstrated that there is an urgent and compelling need which must be
addressed to maintain public safety, and
- The Applicant has
demonstrated that the timing of other events caused the urgent and
compelling need for the proposed project and these events could not be
anticipated and were outside the Applicant’s sphere of influence. An
agency’s lack of proper planning (i.e. missed funding opportunities)
and/or foreseeable budgetary deficits do not meet the criteria for emergency
requests for funding.
No emergency proposals may be
funded for more than $50,000. If the
request for funding is approved, a complete application will be required.
A written request
describing the event and responding to the above criteria must be submitted by
mail or e-mail to the Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, Division
of Criminal Justice, 700 Kipling, Ste. 100, Denver, CO 80215; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The request must be submitted at least 30 days in advance unless otherwise
2016 JAG Recipients
Staff Contact Information:
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice
Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice
700 Kipling St.
Denver, CO 80215
Phone: (303) 239-5717
Toll Free: 1-800-201-1325
Fax: (303) 239-4491