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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.

FY23 Commonwealth Restorative Justice Community Grant (Reposted 11.29.22)

Applicants who applied to the prior posting of these funds are not eligible to re-apply to this reposted AGF. 

Governor Charles D. Baker, the Massachusetts State Legislature, the Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Terrence Reidy, and the Restorative Justice Advisory Committee (RJAC) are pleased to announce the FY2023 Commonwealth Restorative Justice Community Grant Program. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Office of Grants & Research (OGR), which is responsible for administering this Availability of Grant Funds (AGF), is inviting eligible applicants to submit proposals for grant funds under the FY2023 Commonwealth Restorative Justice Community Grant.  

Key Dates (Updated as of 11.29.22):

AGF Posted:

November 29, 2022 

Deadline for Questions**:

December 7, 2022

Application Due:  

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 

Award Notification: 

December 2022 

Performance Period:  

January - June 30, 2023 


Application Materials

FY23 Restorative Justice AGF (Reposted 11.29.22)
Attachment A - Application Template
Attachment B - Budget Worksheet
Attachment C - Risk Assessment Form
Attachment D - Partner Selection Workbook

Additional Grant Information

FY23 Restorative Justice Applicant Webinar - October 24, 2022
FY23 Restorative Justice - Attachment B & C Instructional Video
FY23 Restorative Justice FAQ (UPDATED 11.7.22)

** Please email all questions relating to this AGF to Program Coordinator, Dan Hudson, at Daniel.hudson@mass.gov.  Questions will be answered weekly with responses posted on our webpage here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/justice-and-prevention-grants

 

John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (Reposted 11.28.22)

Applicants who applied to the prior posting of these funds are not eligible to re-apply to this reposted AGF.

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) will administer the John R. Justice (JRJ) Student Loan Repayment Program in accordance with the Congressionally enacted John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act, codified at 42 U.S.C.§3797cc-21 and named for the late John Reid Justice of South Carolina. The purpose of the JRJ program is to encourage qualified individuals to enter into employment and remain employed within their respective fields.

The JRJ student Loan Repayment Program is a federally funded initiative that provides repayment of eligible educational loans on behalf of selected state and federal prosecutors and public defenders. Annual payment amounts are dependent on the availability of federal funds for that year. Using a combination of Federal Funding from Fiscal Years 2019, 2020, and 2021 OGR intends to award a maximum of $100,000, distributed amongst 10 applicants, with a maximum award of $10,000 each. The anticipated repayment benefits for each beneficiary cannot exceed $10,000.00 in a calendar year with a total aggregate not to exceed $60,000.00 or the current total of their eligible student loan debt, whichever is less.

For this reposting of the solicitation, OGR intends to award a maximum of $60,000, distributed amongst 6 applicants, with a maximum award of $10,000 each.

KEY DATES:

AGF Posted:

November 28, 2022

Deadline for FAQ Submission:

December 5, 2022

Application Due:

December 16, 2022

Award Notification (Tentative):

December 2022

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS

FY22 John R. Justice AGF (Reposted November 28, 2022)
Attachment A - Proof of Loans
Attachment B - First-Time Applicant / New Beneficiary Applicant
Attachment C - Secondary Term of Service
Attachment D - Prior Beneficiary Applicant
Employer Certification Form

John R. Justice FAQ

FFY21 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide network designed to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and gun crime and sustaining that reduction. Per federal program law, the United States Attorney in each of the 94 federal districts across the country select a State Administering Agency to be responsible for the administration and implementation of PSN. For the District of Massachusetts, this initiative is led by Rachael S. Rollins, United States Attorney and Terrance M. Reidy, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants Research (OGR) will make available approximately $198,248 from the District of Massachusetts’ Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program to strengthen protective factors for those most in need of services and/or support in the 8 Target Cities (Boston, New Bedford, Brockton, Lawrence, Worcester, Springfield, Holyoke and Lowell), where violent transnational gangs are recruiting.

Important Dates:

AGF Posted: October 28, 2022
Applications Due: November 30, 2022
Anticipated Award Announcements: Late December 2022-Early January 2023
Anticipated Grant Period: January 2023-December 2023

Application Materials:

FFY21 Project Safe Neighborhood AGF
FFY21 Project Safe Neighborhood Application
FFY21 Project Safe Neighborhood Budget Worksheet
FFY21 Project Safe Neighborhood Contractor Authorized Signatory List

FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) will administer up to $5.1 million in funds for reentry programming with the goal of reducing recidivism and increasing public safety for pre- and post-release offenders currently within and/or outside the prison walls. This initiative is being supported by state funds authorized in the Fiscal Year 2023 General Appropriation Act, Chapter 126 of the Acts of 2022.

Funds will be awarded to up to six (6) community reentry program sites to provide pre- and post-release services to the target individuals and to work closely with a correctional partner to identify, serve, and monitor program participants. A Technical Assistance Provider will be selected through this competitive process to assist funded community reentry sites by providing strategic, analytic, technical and research support.

OGR expects to award up to $450,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative Grant Funds to one (1) Technical Assistance Provider. The TA provider will work with the six (6) recipients funded as a result of the Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative Grant. This is a competitive award process; OGR may award full funding, partial funding, or no funding.

10/5/2022: Please be advised that the reentry program site funding has been reduced to $5,100,000 and the Technical Assistance Provider funding has been increased to $450,000 in order for the Technical Assistance Provider to provide the necessary services as outlined in the Availability of Grant Funds (AGF).

Key Dates

AGF Posted

September 30, 2022

Deadline for Questions

October 20, 2022

Application Due

Friday, October 28, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m.

Award Notification

November 2022

Performance Period

January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

 

Application Materials - Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative

FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative AGF - revised 10/5/22
FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry - Attachment A (Application) - revised 10/3/22
FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry - Attachment B (Budget Worksheet)
Attachment C - Subrecipient Risk Assessment Form

Application Materials - Technical Assistance Provider

FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative - Technical Assistance Provider AGF - revised 10/5/22
FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry Technical Assistance Provider - Attachment A (Application)
FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry Technical Assistance Provider - Attachment B (Budget Worksheet)
Attachment C - Subrecipient Risk Assessment Form

Reentry Attachment B - This video covers how to complete Attachment B.
FY23 Emerging Adults Reentry FAQ

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Robert Smith at robert.j.smith1@mass.gov.

FY22 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Formula Grant

The Office of Grants and Research is pleased to announce the Availability of Grant Funds for the FY22 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Formula Grant.  The intent of this grant program is for Massachusetts state agencies; local and tribal law enforcement; non-profits, public, and/or private non-governmental agencies; or federally recognized Indian tribes with experience providing services and/or technical assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking and human trafficking. Faith-based and culturally specific community-based organizations are also eligible to apply. This is a competitive grant process.

Important Dates

AGF Posted: September 26, 2022
Bidders Virtual Meeting: September 29, 2022
Question and Answers on AGF/Application: October 19, 2022
Applications Due: October 26, 2022
Award Announcements: December 2022

Bidders Virtual Meeting

OGR will be hosting a bidders virtual meeting that will include an overview of this AGF and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions on September 29. 2022.

Violence Against Women Act - AGF – Bidders Meeting
Thu, Sep 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
Click on the below link to register:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2122569140463960335

Although interested applicants are encouraged to join us, conference participation is strictly voluntary and NOT mandatory to be considered for a grant award.

Application Materials

FFY22 VAWA STOP AGF
Attachment A - Application
Attachment B - Budget Worksheet
Attachment C - Contractor Authorized Signatory
Attachment D - Certification of Consultation/Memorandum of Agreement Templates for Law Enforcement-Based Projects
Attachment E - Certification of Consultation Template with a Victim Service Provider for Court or Prosecution-Based Projects
Attachment F - Legal Assistance Certification Letter (Sample)
Attachment G - Guidelines for Specialized Domestic Violence Civilian Advocates in Police Departments
Attachment H - Subrecipient Risk Assessment Form
Attachment I - Notice of Statutory Requirement to Comply with the Confidentiality and Privacy Provisions of VAWA

For assistance with the requirements of this AGF, contact Jenny Barron at Jenny.Barron@mass.gov.

Additional Resources for

FY2022 Bridge Academy Training Municipal Reimbursement

The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) and the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) have partnered up to issue reimbursement funding to municipal police departments that have one or more officers completing the MPTC Bridge Academy Training Program.  OGR will make available $1,000,000.00 to address costs incurred by municipalities throughout the Commonwealth for officer training requirements as promulgated by chapter 253 of the acts of 2020.  

Upon successful completion of the Bridge Academy Training Program, a department may submit a $3,000.00 reimbursement request for each officer trained.  These funds are intended to assist the municipality in recovering some of the costs incurred as a result of an officer(s) completing this Program.  Please note, these funds are prohibited from being used for direct reimbursement to an officer for attending the required training.  A department will be eligible to receive $3,000 cumulatively for each officer who completes all four required trainings, as listed below:

• 40 hours of Firearms Training

• 40 hours of Defensive Tactics Training

• 40 hours of Emergency Vehicle Operator Training

• 80 hours of online curriculum and testing

 

Key Dates 

Solicitation Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Reimbursement requests will be accepted from March 30, 2022 until funds are depleted (requests will be considered as they are received and prioritized by submission dates).

Notifications: As requests are received and reviewed, municipalities will be notified accordingly.

Reimbursement Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023

 

 

Documents:

FY22 Bridge Academy Training Municipal Reimbursement Opportunity

FY22 Bridge Academy Fillable Standard Contract

FY22 Bridge Academy Authorized Signatory Form

FY22 Bridge Academy Compliance Form/Scope of Work (Updated July 2022)

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