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Smart Probation: Innovations in Supervision Initiative


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Awards grant funding to support efforts to build capacity and enhance the quality and effectiveness of community probation and parole agencies. Aims to increase success rates for individuals in probation or on parole in order to help reduce crime, victimization, admissions to prisons and jails, and taxpayer expense. Program objectives include:

  • Reduce rates of recidivism, with particular focus on lowering rates violent crime
  • Promote best and evidence-based practices in community corrections agencies to improve outcomes for probationers and parolees under supervision, including the following practices:
    • Focusing resources on individuals at high risk for recidivism and violence, including the use of normed and validated risk assessments in case management decisions
    • Implementing effective community supervision practices, such as utilizing incentives and sanctions to encourage positive behavior changes
    • Enacting continuous quality improvement plans to accurately measure outcomes and enhance accountability
  • Develop, implement, and test innovative tools and strategies that can help predict violent recidivism and strengthen information sharing with partners in the criminal justice system
  • Increase collaboration among agencies and officials in community corrections or related areas, such as probation, parole, pretrial, treatment, reentry, and law enforcement

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $715,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 7
Estimated total program funding: $5,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

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

Priority is given to applicants who propose projects that will promote civil rights, increase access to justice, support crime victims, protect the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must provide a sufficient narrative explanation describing how their project will advance work in one or more of the priority areas listed above.

Priority is also given to applicants who propose projects to benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

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.

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

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process 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.


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
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Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse