Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG)

Purpose of the Funds: The purpose of these funds, offered through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is to help states and local communities develop programs that promote greater accountability among offenders and in the juvenile justice system. For the juvenile offender, accountability means an assurance of facing individualized consequences through which he or she will be made aware of and held responsible for offenses committed.

Eligibility & Requirements: Seventy-five percent of the funds are passed through on a non-competitive basis, for local use to units of local government (e.g., county, municipality, township, etc.), if the allocation to that unit of local government is over $10,000. Allocations are based on a formula of law enforcement expenditures and the FBI’s UCR data on Part 1 violent crimes. The remaining funds are overseen by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, which establishes funding priorities each fall for funding announcements. These funds are also released on a competitive basis; applicants can only include units of local government and state agencies.

Other requirements: Funds are targeted at juveniles who are currently involved, or at imminent risk of becoming involved, in the justice system. A 10% cash match of the federal funds is required.
Solicitation Schedule: Check the OAJJA web site periodically for information regarding the release of a competitive Announcement of Available Funds.