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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program – Local Formula Solicitation


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Aug 4, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Offers noncompetitive funding to local governments to strengthen the criminal justice system and improve communities' ability to enforce criminal law; prevent, control, or reduce crime, with emphasis on addressing violent crime and serious offenders; to support the operations of the courts, corrections, probation, and parole authorities; and to assist agencies with rehabilitation, supervision, and care of criminal offenders, and programs related to the prevention, control, or reduction of narcotic addiction and juvenile delinquency. Funds may be used for additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems in support of programs in one or more of the following areas:

  • Law enforcement
  • Prosecution and courts
  • Prevention and education
  • Corrections and community corrections
  • Drug treatment and enforcement
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement
  • Crime victim and witness support, not including compensation
  • Mental health, behavioral health, and crisis intervention teams for law enforcement and corrections

Additional uses of funds for this program include:

  • Enforce state and local laws that establish offenses similar to those under the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.
  • Purchase fentanyl detection equipment and safety training for law enforcement, as well as naloxone distribution
  • Purchase drug detection canines to combat the rise in drug trafficking, including that of methamphetamines

Amount of Funding

Award allocations are made under two funding categories and are determined by a four-step statutory formula.

  • Category 1 - Recipients are eligible for allocation amounts of less than $25,000, with a project period of 2 years.
  • Category 2 - Recipients are eligible for allocation amounts of $25,000 or more, with a project period of 4 years.

Estimated number of awards: 1,185
Estimated total program funding: $89,878,997

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are units of local government. For this opportunity, units of local government include:

  • Towns
  • Townships
  • Villages
  • Parishes
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Boroughs
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions
  • Law enforcement or judicial enforcement districts with authority under state law to independently establish a budget and impose taxes

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

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

In fiscal year (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 August 4, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the August 9, 2021 deadline.

Units of local government identified by BJA as having a disparate status must apply jointly with all other disparate municipalities in a county through a fiscal agent. Additional information to help applicants in determining a disparate status and submitting a joint application can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording, slides, and transcript
Applicant question and answer session


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

Rural communities that received Category 1 funding in FY 2020 include:

Rural communities who received Category 2 funding in FY 2020 include:

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Mental Health • Naloxone • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth