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Justice and prevention grants

You can find current grants offered through the Office of Grants and Research's Justice and Prevention Division below.

JJDP Act Title II Formula Grant Law Enforcement and Youth Partnership Summer Day Program – Availability of Grant Funds

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is the designated State Administering Agency for the Title II Formula Grant Program awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The Formula Grant is authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP Act) of 1974, as amended. It provides funding to support state and local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate policies and projects (directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies) for the development of more effective juvenile justice related education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, rehabilitation and system improvement efforts. 

The intent of this Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) opportunity is to utilize uncommitted FFY14 Title II Formula funding set to expire September 30, 2018 and assist law enforcement agencies with sustaining and/or expanding their pre-existing, summer-based youth and law enforcement partnership programming. 

For the purposes of this AGF, the lead applicant submitting a proposal must be a District Attorney or Sheriff’s Office.  Any local law enforcement department interested in this opportunity, must solicit and collaborate with their District Attorney or Sheriff’s Office in order to be considered for a grant award.       

Key Dates

  • Application Released: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Proposals Due: 4:00pm, Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Award Announcements: On or about June 22, 2018
  • Anticipated Grant Period: On or about July 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this grant offering, please contact Andrew Polk at andrew.polk@state.ma.us

Additional Resources for JJDP Act Title II Formula Grant Law Enforcement and Youth Partnership Summer Day Program – Availability of Grant Funds

FFY 2017 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

Congress enacted the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) codified at 42 U.S.C. §3797cc-21 and named for the late John Reid Justice of South Carolina, to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service. The John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program provides loan repayment assistance for local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors who commit to continued employment as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research is the State Administering Agency responsible for the administration of the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 JRJ Grant Award.

EOPSS intends to award a total of $44,309.00 of FY 2017 JRJ funds.  The total award will be allocated equally for the benefit of prosecutors and defenders.  It is anticipated that ten beneficiaries will be selected: five defenders and five prosecutors.  The anticipated total for each beneficiary will be up to $4,430.90.  In accordance with federal requirements, EOPSS will award the funds to the employers of the beneficiaries for further disbursement to the holders of the beneficiaries’ loans. All individuals - including new, continuing or prior beneficiaries - who meet the eligibility requirements (described in the documents below), may apply for the FY 2017 funds. Applications will be due on Monday, May 21, 2018. All awards are contingent upon the release of FY 2017 JRJ Grant Program funds to Massachusetts by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Update - May 9, 2018: Questions & Answers on Grant Offering

Question #1:

I am completing the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program Application and it calls for a signature on the application. This is listed as separate and apart from the signature on the Service Agreement and Certification.  I do not see a space on the application for a signature. Can you please guide me as to where to sign?

Answer #1:

Please sign on page 4 of the application on the Applicant Service Agreement and Certification.

Question #2:

Will these funds be considered “income” for tax purposes as well as for determining what my “income-based” payments will be?

Answer #2:

We reached out to the Bureau of Justice, as we were unclear. It was recommended that we refer you to these two websites (that are also both posted on our website) to see tax related re https://www.bja.gov/Funding/FY18-JRJ-FAQs.pdf and https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=65  - this will assist applicants with tax related questions.  Generally, BJA does not answer tax related questions.

Question #3:

Will these funds be distributed in one lump sum to my loan provider, or are they distributed monthly, covering my monthly payments? 

Answer #3: 

These funds will be distributed to your employer through an Inter-Department Service Agreement (ISA) in one lump sum, your employer will then forward the payment to the loan provider.

 

Information regarding eligibility and the application process can be obtained in the "Additional Resources" section below.

Additional Resources for FFY 2017 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

JJDP Act Title II Formula Grant Program – Availability of Grant Funds

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research, Justice and Prevention Division (EOPSS/OGR/JPD) announces the availability of grant funds for the JJDP Act Title II Formula Grant Program. The grant is to support juvenile justice projects relating to: alternatives to detention, juvenile diversion and/or juvenile justice system improvement. Units of local government, state agencies and private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. 

Key Dates

  • Application Released: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Proposals Due: 4:00pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Award Announcements: On or about June 13, 2018
  • Anticipated Grant Period: On or about July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this grant offering, please contact Andrew Polk at andrew.polk@state.ma.us

Additional Resources for JJDP Act Title II Formula Grant Program – Availability of Grant Funds

Massachusetts Justice Reinvestment Initiative Recidivism Reduction Grant

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research, Justice and Prevention Division (EOPSS/OGR/JPD) announces the availability of grant funds for the Massachusetts Justice Reinvestment Initiative Recidivism Reduction Grant. The grant is to "support the expansion of evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs in county houses of correction and jails." Per legislative language supporting the establishment of this grant offering, only a Massachusetts Sheriff's Department is eligible to apply

This grant is a competitive process and due to limited funding, EOPSS/OGR/JPD anticipates awarding up to, but no more than, three departments a grant. 

Key Dates

  • Application Released: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Proposals Due: 4:00pm, Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Award Announcements: On or about March 23, 2018
  • Anticipated Grant Period: On or about April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this grant offering, please contact Samantha Frongillo at samantha.frongillo@state.ma.us.

Additional Resources for Massachusetts Justice Reinvestment Initiative Recidivism Reduction Grant

2018 Municipal Public Safety Staffing - Availability of Grant Funds for Police and Fire

Pursuant to funds appropriated in Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2017, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds (AGF) for municipalities meeting the criteria as detailed in the appropriation language below:

"...$3,350,00 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by that executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities that: (i) have populations of at least 60,000; and (ii) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had a per capita operating budget of less than $200 in 2010; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities who submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2017."

Purpose

The intent of this grant program is to assist eligible municipalities to maintain public safety and emergency response services by helping to address police and/or fire department staffing shortfalls. The following ten municipalities are currently eligible to apply: LOWELL, BROCKTON, LYNN, FALL RIVER, NEWTON, LAWRENCE, SOMERVILLE, FRAMINGHAM, HAVERHILL and MALDEN.

Key Dates

Application Posted:             Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Bidders' Conference Call:   Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11am
Application Deadline:          Friday, October 27, 2017 at 4pm
Anticipated Award Announcements:   Friday, November 17, 2017
Anticipated Grant Period:   January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

 

Additional Resources for 2018 Municipal Public Safety Staffing - Availability of Grant Funds for Police and Fire

2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part I

AGF Posted:   September 20, 2017
Proposals due:   October 20, 2017, no later than 4:00pm
Award Announcements:   On or about December 4, 2017
Grant Period: On or about January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018

The Shannon CSI application has 9 documents to be downloaded. The documents are provided in this section and the following one (2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. CSI AGF - Part II). The documents are:

  • 2018 Shannon CSI AGF
  • Cover Page (Attachment A)
  • Program Narrative (Attachment B)
  • Budget Excel Workbook (Attachment C)
  • Budget Narrative (Attachment D)
  • Compliance with Submission of Crime Reporting Data Letter (Attachment E)
  • Contract Authorized Signatory Listing Form (Attachment F)
  • Partner Selection Workbook (Attachment H)
  • Shannon CSI Letter of Intent Template
  • Shannon CSI Bidders Conference Questions and Answers

If you have any questions regarding the Shannon grant, please contact Michael Bishop at Michael.p.bishop@state.ma.us.

Additional Resources for 2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part I

2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part II

Below are the remaining documents required for the 2018 Shannon CSI Grant application process. 

If you have any questions regarding the Shannon grant, please contact Michael Bishop at Michael.p.bishop@state.ma.us.

Additional Resources for 2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part II

2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Local Action Research Partner (LARP) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part I

AGF Posted:   September 20, 2017
Proposals due:   October 20, 2017, no later than 4:00pm
Award Announcements:   On or about December 4, 2017
Grant Period: On or about January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018

The Shannon CSI LARP application has 7 documents to be downloaded. The documents are provided in this section and the following one (2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. CSI LARP AGF - Part II). The documents are:

  • 2018 Shannon CSI LARP AGF
  • LARP Cover Page (Attachment A)
  • LARP Program Narrative (Attachment B)
  • LARP Budget Excel Workbook (Attachment C)
  • LARP Budget Narrative (Attachment D)
  • LARP Contract Authorized Signatory Listing Form (Attachment F)
  • Shannon CSI LARP Letter of Intent Template
  • Shannon CSI LARP Bidders Conference Questions and Answers

If you have any questions regarding the Shannon grant, please contact Michael Bishop at Michael.p.bishop@state.ma.us.

Additional Resources for 2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Local Action Research Partner (LARP) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part I

2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Local Action Research Partner (LARP) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part II

Below are the remaining documents required for the 2018 Shannon CSI LARP Grant application process. 

If you have any questions regarding the Shannon grant, please contact Michael Bishop at Michael.p.bishop@state.ma.us.

Additional Resources for 2018 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) Local Action Research Partner (LARP) Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) - Part II

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