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Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program (JDTC)


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Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides funding to support juvenile courts working to establish new juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC) or to strengthen existing JDTCs. Aims to reduce future offending and substance use for youth with substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD) or co-occurring mental health disorders (CODs), through intensive judicial supervision and the provision of treatment and recovery services.

The JDTC program consists of two grant categories:

  • Category 1: Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Planning and Implementation grants are available to jurisdictions that want to establish a juvenile drug treatment court. These grants are for jurisdictions where no juvenile drug court currently exists or a juvenile drug court has been operational for less than a year.
  • Category 2: Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with a fully operational juvenile drug treatment court to enhance the operation of the court. Jurisdictions applying for funding under this category must have courts that have been fully operational for at least 1 year.

Category specific goals, objectives, and deliverables can be found in the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • Category 1: $600,000
  • Category 2: $750,000

Project period: 48 months

Estimated number of awards: 15 total awards

  • Up to 5 awards for Category 1
  • Up to 10 awards for Category 2

Estimated total program funding: $10,500,000

Applicants are required to provide cash or in-kind matching funds for 25% of the total project costs.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are limited to the following entities:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments

Priority is given to applicants who propose to address challenges in rural communities, benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, and enhance public safety in economically distressed communities or Qualified Opportunity Zones.

To receive a rural priority consideration, applicants must describe:

  • What makes the geographic service area rural using U.S. Census Bureau or other appropriate government data
  • How isolated that area is from needed services
  • How they will address specific public safety challenges in rural communities

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants must provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.

For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

To receive a priority consideration for a Qualified Opportunity Zone, applicants must include information that specifies how the project will enhance public safety in a specified Qualified Opportunity Zone.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the June 15, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 29, 2021 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310
Live chat

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in FY 2020 can be found on the program website.

One rural community who received funding is the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana, which will implement Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Program.

Topics This Program Addresses

Adverse Childhood Experiences • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Mental Health • Opioids • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth