- Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
- Office of Grants and Research
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Grant Opportunity to Advance District Attorneys’ Safer Communities Initiative
Elaine Driscoll, Director of Communications and Policy
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to announce a new competitive grant opportunity, which will award approximately $1 Million to support programs that will enhance community safety through crime reduction and violence prevention initiatives. The federal funds from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program will empower the Commonwealth’s District Attorney’s Offices to address community-based criminal activity related to gang violence, illegal firearms, and narcotics. Grant-funded programs will focus on prevention, intervention, diversion, and enforcement efforts, particularly during the summer and fall months when activity is at its peak.
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) developed this grant opportunity to support District Attorneys and their ability to adapt to their communities’ evolving criminal justice system needs. Applicants are required to outline evidence-based plans designed to positively impact the quality of life within each District’s cities and towns. Approximately half of requested funds must be used for enforcement and suppression, and the remaining for prevention, intervention, and diversion programming. Recognizing the importance of collaboration on these complex issues, a District Attorney may sub-award a portion of their grant to external community partners who will assist with the implementation of anti-violence and anti-drug programming.
“The Commonwealth’s District Attorneys are vital partners in our shared goal of building safer communities. DAs have a unique understanding of the communities they serve, and this funding provides the flexibility to address emerging needs during busy summer and fall months,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy. “This new grant program reflects the Administration’s commitment to ensuring the protection of our communities and supporting those safety efforts with the necessary resources.”
Since assuming office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $25 Million in federal JAG grants. Administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, the JAG Program has provided Massachusetts and other states, tribes, and local governments with $7 Billion in critical funding since its inception in 2005. The program has supported and promoted improvements in every aspect of the justice system, from policing to prosecution and public defense, to corrections and reentry from incarceration. Its impact on advancing public safety and equal justice has been significant and consequential.
As the State Administering Agency, the Office of Grants and Research (OGR) manages all JAG funds awarded to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The application deadline for this competitive process is Friday, May 6, 2022, by 4:00 p.m. More information about the grant application is available here.