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Grant Notice:  The Columbia Police Department is applying for the FY 2014 Local Solicitation Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  Public review and comment of our application is encouraged.  Please contact Carolyn Wilson/Planning & Research/Grants via email to receive additional information about the application.


The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program (42 U.S.C. 3751 (a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.  JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.

Established to streamline justice funding and grant administration, the JAG Program allows states, tribes, non-profit and faith-based organizations, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.  JAG blends the previous Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most.

The JAG formula includes a state allocation consisting of a minimum base allocation with the remaining amount determined on population and Part 1 violent crime statistic, and a direct allocation to units of local government.  Once the state allocation is calculated, 60 percent of the funding is awarded to the state and 40 percent to eligible units of local government.  State allocations also have a required variable pass through to units of local government, calculated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) from each state's crime expenditures.

JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, and operating.  Additionally, funds may be used for equipment, overtime, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice.

JAG Purpose Areas

  • 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).

 
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