The Criminal Justice Investment Program

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s (AGO) Criminal Justice Investment Program provides awards on an annual (July 1 – June 30) basis to: 

  • community-based drug rehabilitation, drug education, or other anti-drug or neighborhood crime watch programs which further law enforcement purposes; or 
  • community-based programs of a state, county, or local governmental department or agency or a private nonprofit organization whose missions are supportive of and consistent with a law enforcement policy, effort, or initiatives. 

The AGO’s authority to provide monetary awards for these programs is based on either:

  • State law, which permits a prosecuting authority such as the AGO to use up to 10% of the monies and proceeds forfeited under the state forfeiture law,, M.G.L. c. 94C, §47, for drug rehabilitation, drug education, or other anti-drug or neighborhood crime watch programs which further law enforcement purposes; or
  • Federal law, which permits a prosecuting authority such as the AGO to use up to $25,000 annually, forfeited under the federal forfeiture/equitable sharing law, 21 USC § 881(e)(3)) to support community-based programs whose missions are supportive of and consistent with a law enforcement effort, policy, and/or initiative.

Funding awards made through the Criminal Justice Investment Program will supplement or expand, and not supplant current efforts.

Eligibility

Applicants must be either: 

  • a drug rehabilitation, drug education, or other anti-drug or neighborhood crime watch program which furthers law enforcement purposes, see M.G.L. c. 94C, §47; or 
  • a community-based program whose mission is supportive of and consistent with a law enforcement effort, policy, and/or initiative, for example, a drug treatment facility, job skills program, or youth program with drug and crime prevention education, see 21 USC § 881(e)(3).

Application

Applications are accepted annually between February 1 and April 30.  The Application includes a narrative description of the organization, program project, goals and objectives, program budget, need, staffing, evaluative criteria, and sustainability, and a certification concerning non-profit status.  To access the Application, https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=massago.

Application Process

  • Applications are submitted through the AGO’s grant management system, Foundant.
  • New applicants will be asked to create a free online account on Foundant.
  • Former applicants that have used Foundant to apply for other grants may log into an existing account.
  • Applications must be submitted through Foundant by COB on April 30 of the current year (close of the Application period).
  • Applications should not include any attachments other than those requested.  Any additional attachments sent will not be provided to the reviewers.
  • Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Exceptions will be made only for applicants with disabilities who make alternative arrangements for reasonable accommodations in advance with the AGO. Such requests for accommodations should be submitted in writing to the AGO at CJProgram@state.ma.us no later than April 1st of the current year.
  • Applications should be signed by a person in the organization who has executive, fiscal, and management responsibility.
  • Applications will be acknowledged via email confirmation within 24 business hours.  If an email receipt is not received, the applicant should email CJProgram@state.ma.usfor further instruction and assistance.
  • Applicants may submit questions regarding their applications to CJProgram@state.ma.us until April 15 of the current year. Applicants should include “AGO CJ Investment Program” and their organization’s name in the email subject line. Questions received and answers provided regarding the AGO Investment Program will be posted on the AGO’s website here: www.mass.gov/ago/cjip.

Review and Selection of Applications

This Call for Applications is subject to and contingent upon the availability of funds. Applications will be considered for funding based on the Organization’s capacity to meet and adhere to the requirements outlined in this Call for Applications, its responses to the Application questions, demonstrated need, and availability of funds.  Prior award recipients will further be evaluated on the demonstrated effectiveness of their past Programs and the timeliness and accuracy of their prior reporting.

The AGO will review and evaluate Applications submitted through Foundant by the close of the Application period. The AGO will not review Applications submitted outside of the Application deadline.

Any Application that does not meet the submission requirements may, at the AGO’s discretion, be considered non-responsive and may be disqualified without further evaluation.  The AGO may, at its discretion, determine that noncompliance is insubstantial and can be corrected, or that an alternative proposed by the Applicant is an acceptable substitute.  In such cases, the AGO may seek clarification of, allow the Applicant to make minor corrections to, or apply appropriate adjustments in the evaluation of the Application. 

In connection with its review and evaluation, the AGO may request interviews, presentations, or site visits for its use in evaluating the Application.

Notification of Awards

The AGO anticipates that it will notify successful applicants by June 1st of the current year, and will post the recipients’ names on its website.

Expectations and Requirements for Successful Applicants (Grantees)

  • Awards are contingent upon the recipient satisfactorily completing all necessary documents by the deadlines established during the award finalization period.
  • Any proposed changes to the recipient’s program or budget must be requested in writing and must be approved in advance by the AGO.
  • In the event that the name of the recipient’s primary contact person or the name of the recipient’s program changes, the AGO must be notified as soon as possible.
  • Recipients will fulfill all reporting requirements (see below) by the deadline established and in the format requested by the AGO.
  • Recipients will notify the AGO if the program/organization is or becomes the subject of any investigation, complaint, or lawsuit by any federal, state, or local law enforcement or regulatory agency.
  • As a condition of funding, each recipient agrees that representatives of the AGO, may, at any time, review its financial documents and print and electronic records (as they relate to the funding), to ensure compliance with the terms of the funding awarded. Such inspection, review and/or audit by representatives of the AGO may occur at any time, with or without notice to the program.
  • Failure to comply with any portion of the funding requirements may result in:
    • Forfeiture of monies not yet disbursed and/or reimbursement of previous monies awarded; or
    • Suspension or termination of funding
  • The recipient agrees to identify the AGO as a funding source for any print, electronic, or media materials produced with funding resources. Recipients may not reproduce the AGO seal.
  • At the end of the funding period, any unexpended funds will be returned to the AGO.

Reporting Requirements

Funding recipients are required under the terms of the program to provide budgetary and program reports, as well as a final summary report, to the AGO. Funding recipients will submit these reports every 3 months. Reporting forms will be provided shortly after the funding award notification period. Participating programs must adhere to all mandatory fiscal and program administration guidelines as set forth by the AGO.  The AGO’s disbursement of funds will be dependent upon the program/organization’s timely submission of all required reports.

Required Commonwealth Contract Documents for Successful Funding Recipients

Recipients will be required to complete these documents within the deadline established at the time of notification of monies awarded:

  • Scope of Services
  • Standard Contract Form
  • Commonwealth Terms and Conditions
  • Contractor Authorized Signatory Listing
  • Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (W-9)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer sign-up form

Disbursement of Program Funding

Direct payment will be made by electronic funds transfer. Funding will be disbursed in four (4) installments from July 1 - June 30.

The schedule of these disbursements will be tied to the AGO’s receipt of required program and financial reports. 

One quarter (1/4) of the funding will be disbursed after the submission of each quarterly report. 

The AGO reserves the right to discontinue funding if a report is not received by the deadline established for its submission.

Public Records

All applications are subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10; M.G.L. c. 4 §7 cl. 26

Any statements to the contrary in any Application will be disregarded.

Personal medical information or personal data should not be submitted..

Updates to this Request for Proposals

Any changes/corrections to any part of this Call for Applications will be posted on www.mass.gov/ago/cjip. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to check this website frequently for any updates.

Questions

General questions about the AGO Criminal Justice Investment Program may be submitted to:CJProgram@state.ma.us