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GRANTS & FUNDING

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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On February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1, Recovery Act), which included more than $4 billion for state and local law enforcement and other criminal and juvenile justice activities. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), which provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims, was designated as the lead agency in administering $2.76 billion of the Recovery Act funding.

To view how Department of Justice and OJP efforts will be enhanced with Recovery Act funds and to learn about specific programs receiving Recovery Act funds, visit the following sites, which have been created specifically to provide Recovery Act information:

For futher information about the Recovery Act, visit Recovery.gov.

On this page, you can access information about how to identify funding opportunities and learn about the Federal Government funding process.

Sponsoring Agency Funding Opportunities

You can view general funding information and opportunities from our Federal sponsors and other agencies on the following sites:

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Funding Notices

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OJP now offers a free email subscription service through GovDelivery. By subscribing to OJP notifications, you will receive an email when new information or solicitations are available from OJP and the OJP bureaus and offices. You can identify the specific type of information you would like to receive as well as the frequency of updates. Visit OJP's E-mail Updates page to learn more and to subscribe.

Also visit Grants.gov to locate and apply for funding opportunities from Federal agencies. You can also sign up to receive e-mail notices when new opportunities are posted to Grants.gov.

To identify potential future funding opportunities and to learn how to stay informed when opportunities arise, visit our Tracking Forthcoming Opportunities page.

Funding Resources

Various resources are available from NCJRS sponsor agencies to assist potential applicants, including the following:
  • OJP's Grants 101 site will assist applicants in navigating the application process.
  • OJP's Funding Resources page provides an abundance of information for applicants and grantees in addition to Grant Award announcements.
  • The BJA Grant Writing and Management Academy provides an overview of project planning, management, administration, and assessment of federally funded programs.

Types of Funding

Much like other Federal agencies, OJP offices and bureaus provide three types of funding to State, local, and private agencies and organizations: Formula (or Block), Discretionary, and Congressional Earmarks. Note that most OJP and other Federal agency grant funds are dispersed through Formula grant programs and Congressional Earmarks.

Formula (or Block)

  • Awarded to State and local governments based on a predetermined formula, which may be based on a jurisdiction's crime rate, population, or other factors.
  • Awarded to agencies in each State designated by the governor. These agencies are called State Administering Agencies (SAA).
  • Generally requires States to pass awards to local agencies and organizations via subgrants.

Discretionary

  • Awarded on a competitive basis to public and private nonprofit organizations.
  • Funding ranges from single awards for research, evaluation, and technical assistance to multisite awards for program development.

Congressional Earmarks

  • Hard Earmarks: Congress directs the Federal agency to provide certain funds to specific programs it has identified.
  • Soft Earmarks: Congress identifies a program and directs the Federal agency to:
    • Evaluate the program.
    • Fund the program, if warranted.