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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

Byrne JAG Program
Number: 16.738
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
Federal Agency (030):
Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice
Authorization (040):
Part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 as amended Subpart 1 of such part (42 U.S.C. 3751-3759). Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161. Public Law 109-162, Title XI, Department of Justice Reauthorization, Subtitle B, Improving the Department of Justice's Grant Programs, Chapter 1, Assisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies, Section 1111. Merger of Byrne Grant Program and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program.
Objectives (050):
JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment programs; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs, and crime victim and witness programs. Funds may not be used to supplant State and local funds.

No JAG funds may be expended outside of JAG program areas (see solicitations for specific program areas posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site ( Even within these program areas, however, JAG funds cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety. Additionally, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly to pay for any of the following items unless the BJA Director certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist, making them essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order:

• *Vehicles, vessels, or aircraft.
• **Unmanned aerial vehicles/unmanned aircraft, aircraft system, or aerial vehicles (UA/UAS/UAV).
• Luxury items.
• Real estate.
• Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions).
• Any similar items.

*Police cruisers, police boats, and police helicopters are allowable vehicles under JAG and do not require BJA certification.

**Unmanned Aircraft, Aircraft System, or Aerial Vehicles (UA/UAS/UAV): No JAG funds may be expended on these items unless the BJA Director certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist, making them essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order. In addition, no JAG funds may be expended for this purpose without Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval and certification that the use is legal in the local jurisdiction. Also, any grant award using funds for this purpose may be subject to additional conditions and reporting criteria, which will be spelled out in a customized special condition attached to the grant award.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
All States, the District of Columbia, Guam, America Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Units of local government are eligible consistent with established guidelines.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
States, Territories, and units of local government.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Each applicant must submit a completed application that meets the requirements specified in the program guidance. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR, Part 225 for State and local governments. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28CFR, Part 66 must be used with this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs Grant Management System at: and must follow the criteria outlined in the solicitation as well as the JAG Program Guidance Manual.
Award Procedure (093):
An award is granted by the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and must be accepted by the applicant agency or institution according to the special conditions of the grant.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
The Bureau of Justice Assistance will not disapprove any application (or amendment to that application) without affording the applicant reasonable notice of any deficiencies and providing an opportunity for correction and reconsideration.
Appeals (096):
Hearing and appeal procedures will follow 28 CFR Part 18 Code of Federal Regulations.
Renewals (097):
Subject to annual appropriations.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title I, Chapter Subchapter V, Part A, Subpart 42 USC 3756. Statutory Formula: Once each fiscal year’s overall JAG Program funding level is determined, BJA partners with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to begin a four-step grant award calculation process which consists of:

1. Computing an initial JAG allocation for each state and territory, based on their share of violent crime and population (weighted equally).

2. Reviewing the initial JAG allocation amount to determine if the state or territory allocation is less than the minimum (“de minimus”) award amount defined in the JAG legislation (0.25 percent of the total). If this is the case, the state or territory is funded at the minimum level, and the funds required for this are deducted from the overall pool of JAG funds. Each of the remaining states receives the minimum award plus an additional amount based on their share of violent crime and population.

3. Dividing each state’s final award amount (except for the territories and District of Columbia) between state and local governments at a rate of 60 and 40 percent, respectively.

4. Determining local unit of government award allocations, which are based on their proportion of the state’s three-year violent crime average. If a local eligible award amount is less than $10,000, the funds are returned to the state to be awarded to these local units of government through the state agency. If the eligible award amount is $10,000 or more, then the local government is eligible to apply for a JAG award directly from BJA.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Awards of at least $25,000 or more begin October 1 of the FY and are four years in length. Awards that are less than $25,000 begin October 1 of the FY and are two years in length. Requests for up to two additional years to complete performance of the award will be granted automatically. Extensions beyond a four- year period for all JAG awards may be approved on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of BJA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( Quarterly financial reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
Records (113):
In accordance with the requirements set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial reports and other supporting documents pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $364,907,000; FY 14 est $376,000,000; and FY 15 est $376,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$10,000 to $37,000,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, BJA processed 1,078 local and 56 state applications totaling more than $280 million in JAG funding (approximately $194.1 million (including prior year available funds) to states and territories and $86.8 million to local units of government. Fiscal Year 2014: No data currently available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at
For additional guidance reference the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( ) and Post award Instructions ( Applicable OMB Circulars and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the State Administering Agency, listed at
Headquarters Office (152):
Tracy Trautman U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 202-616-6500
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.