Funding Opportunity: Applications now open for 2019 JAG

Application deadline: March 1, 2019


The goal for the 2019 Colorado Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program as established by the Governor-appointed JAG Board is:

To support implementation of sustainable programs or to provide resources that prevent or reduce or address crime, delinquency, recidivism, or improve outcomes for those affected by crime, using innovative, multidisciplinary, evidence-based, promising or best practices.

Applicants who are applying for continuation funds or expecting to apply for continuation funding in future years (up to 48 months) for the same project will be expected to apply each year. Continuation applicants are no longer required to decrease their requests until the 4th year when they are asked to reduce their budgets by 15% of the prior year’s award.

Amount available

At this time, it is unknown exactly how much will be available but it is anticipated that approximately $2.1 million will be available for 2019 JAG subgrant applications.

Award period 

January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 

Purpose Areas

JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following program areas:

Corrections and Community Corrections
Crime Victims and Witness Programs (other than compensation)
Drug Treatment and Enforcement
Law Enforcement
Mental Health Programs
Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement
Prevention and Education
Prosecution, Court and Indigent Defense

Exclusions and Limitations

Please download the list of exclusions, limitations, and controlled expenditures here.

2019 Local Law Enforcement Grant (LLEG) funding

Due to reduced JAG funding, the LLEG funding will not be available in 2019.  All local law enforcement agencies are encouraged to apply for JAG funding under this solicitation.

Match/Other Budget Considerations

Although match is not a requirement with this funding, applicants shall provide evidence that demonstrates their efforts to secure other financial support for the project costs, including requests through the entity’s regular funding process, before applying for JAG funds. If such requests were not made in advance of the JAG application submission, applicant must explain why other resources were not sought.

Eligibility Criteria

Units of government at the municipal, county and state level, including special districts may apply to the Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, Division of Criminal Justice, for a JAG grant. The JAG program strongly encourages partnerships, so applications may support projects involving combined teams of agencies at all levels and including non-profit organizations. 

Non-profit organizations cannot apply directly for JAG funding, with the following exceptions:

  • Non-profit organizations may participate as a team member, with the government agency assuming overall responsibility and leadership for a project.
  • Limited applications from non-profit organizations representing statewide associations of local law enforcement will be acceptd.  These non-profits must include in their applications how the grant will benefit statewide priorities adopted annually by the Board. 

How to Apply


The 2019 JAG Application and instructions can be obtained through Colorado’s on-line application system, ZOOMGRANTS, located at A PDF of the instructions also can be downloaded here.

Questions: If you experience problems or have questions about how to use ZOOMGRANTS, email  For questions regarding the JAG application, contact Kristy Wilson at or 303-239-4567.