Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, administered by Office of Justice Program's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system.

The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. JAG funds support all components of the crminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.

The procedure for allocating JAG grants is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics, in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share of funding. BJA determines the total allocation a particular state will receive in JAG funds. Forty percent (40%) of this allocation is awarded directly to local units of government within that state. The other sixty percent (60%) is awarded to the State Administering Agency (Department of Public Safety, or DPS). Units receiving a direct award are then ineligible to apply for funding through DPS.

Recovery Act: JAG Program Allocations and Disparate Information

For those listed on the Allocations list above and therefore eligible for a direct award, the local solicitation is available at http://www.ojp.gov/recovery/. Questions regarding your direct award or the local solicitation should be forwarded to BJA. DPS is not responsible for these monies or the application process for these monies.

For those not listed on the Allocations list above and therefore eligible to apply for funding through DPS, our application packet will be posted below in the upcoming weeks.

Applying for funding through DPS

JAG Purpose Areas: JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, personnel, training, travel, equipment, supplies and operational costs, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one of the following purpose areas:

Contract Period: July 1 to June 30

JAG Stimulus Funding: $25,382,937 (less $1,192,655 for LLEBG to equal $24,190,282) to be spent over a duration of 4 years (58.53% must be passed through to local units of government)

Match Requirement: None (agencies may voluntarily provide a match)

Eligible Applicants: Any state and local unit of government within Missouri, or combination thereof, are eligible to submit program applications for funding. Local units of government which receive direct allocations from BJA through the Recovery Act are not eligible to apply for these funds. State agencies must have budgetary spending authority for their requests.

Application Information: These monies will be available for a period of four years beginning in 2009. The Application Packet and forms will be posted each year. Application proposals submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by a review panel consisting of internal and external reviewers. Funding notifications will be mailed following the review panel meeting. Contracts will be made effective July 1st.

NOTES:

*JAG monies are used to fund JAG and LLEBG/JAG contracts. For administrative purposes, JAG and LLEBG are considered separate grant application processes by the Department of Public Safety.

*JAG contracts are awarded for a 12 month period for programs that can establish goals and objectives and can be evaluated on a quarterly or semi-annual basis for success. LLEBG/JAG contracts are awarded for a 6 month period for the one-time purchase of law enforcement equipment.

*Agencies looking to purchase equipment such as radios, in-car cameras, ballistic vests, sirens, lightbars, handcuffs, etc should apply under the LLEBG/JAG grant. These contracts allow for the purchase of the approved equipment and are closed immediately following purchase. Click LLEBG/JAG to the left for more information about this grant opportunity.

Important notice for applicants

Applicants under this solicitation must include a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number in their application. Applications without a DUNS number are incomplete. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of entities receiving Federal funds. DUNS numbers identify your organization.

In addition to the DUNS number, applicants are required to maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. The CCR database is the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subreceipients. Organizations that have previously submitted applications via Grants.gov are already registered with CCR, as it is a requirement for Grants.gov registration. Please note, however, that applicants must update or renew their CCR registration at least once per year to maintain an active status.

How to obtain a DUNS number

Ask the grant administrator, chief financial officer, or authorizing official of your organization to identify your DUNS number. if your organization does not know its DUNS number or needs to register for one, visit Dun & Bradstreet at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do.

How to register your jurisdiction with the CCR

Ask the grant administrator, chief financial officer, or authorizing official of your organization if your organization has registered with the CCR. If your organization is not registered, you can register and then renew your registration once a year.

If your organization already has an Employment Identification Number (EIN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), then you should allow one to three business days to complete the entire registration process with the CCR. Your EIN and TIN should be provided by the IRS. If your organization does not have an EIN or TIN, then you should allow two weeks for obtaining the information from the IRS when requesting the EIN or TIN via phone or internet.

You can apply by phone (800-227-2423) or register online at www.ccr.gov. CCR has developed a handbook (www.ccr.gov/handbook.asp) to help you with the process.

Agencies awarded a 2009 Recovery Act - JAG contract will be required to submit reports with their DUNS number and CCR indicated per federal requirements.

The Recovery Act - JAG Application Packet will be posted March 30, 2009. Check back soon!

2009 Recovery Act - JAG Application Packet

Recovery Act - JAG Application Checklist
(Must use the fillable forms below to submit an application. Do not use the example forms included in the application packet.)

Deadline for 2009 JAG Applications: April 27, 2009

Presentations

2009 Recovery Act - JAG Pre-Bid Seminar: March 30, 2009

Location: Harry S. Truman Building

Address: 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City, 65101
Room: Conf Room 490/492 (4th floor)
Time: 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.

Invitees:
-Current JAG subgrantees (excluding those eligible for a direct award from BJA)
-New JAG applicants (excluding those eligible for a direct award from BJA)
-Current ICCG subgrantees
-New applicants interested in monies for a cyber crime task force

This pre-bid seminar is designed to provide important information regarding available funding under the Recovery Act-JAG Program. We will discuss the application forms and process, guidelines, allowable purpose areas and cost items, reporting requirements, changes in the application process, and the most commonly seen mistakes on applications. We will also discuss the application process/revision process for those agencies that applied under JAG but wanting to reapply for additional monies under the Recovery Act - JAG program. We strongly encourage someone attend from your agency if interested in applying for these monies. No RSVP necessary!

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