Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Applications Are Due Feb. 16, 2018

(Lakewood, CO, Jan. 2, 2018) -- The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice has announced funding available through the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). The funds will be administered through the Division's Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). Applications are now being accepted, and all applications must be submitted by Feb. 16, 2018.

At this time, OAJJA grant administers do not know exactly how much funding will be available, but it is anticipated that approximately $2.1 million will be available for 2018 JAG subgrant applications. Funding will be awarded from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 (please note that this is a new award period).

Details about the Grant Program

The goal for the 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 and reduce their requested funding by 10% for each subsequent year.

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 see JAG application instructions for a full list of items that are excluded or for which there are limitations for funding.

2018 Local Law Enforcement Grant (LLEG) funding: Due to reduced JAG funding, the LLEG funding will not be available in 2018.  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, the JAG Board is highly encouraging all applicants to show a commitment from either state or local governments, a portion of a direct JAG award from BJA (for eligible jurisdictions), or other partner agencies through other funding committed to this project. This additional funding will need to be identified and documented in the application.

Eligibility: 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. However, non-profit organizations cannot apply directly for JAG funding*. Non-profit organizations may participate as a team member, with the government agency assuming overall responsibility and leadership for a project.
 *The JAG Board finds that to prevent fragmentation of law enforcement it will accept limited grant applications from non-profit organizations representing statewide associations of local law enforcement.  These non-profits must include in their applications how the grant will benefit statewide priorities adopted annually by the Board. 

How to Apply: The 2018 JAG Application and instructions can be obtained through Colorado’s on-line application system, ZOOMGRANTS. You can also download a copy of the instructions here.

If you have Questions: Before calling, please ensure that you  have completed these steps:

  1. Carefully read through this funding announcement.
  2. Read through these Instructions and FAQ on OAJJA grant management.
  3. Participate in the 2018 JAG application training.

If you experience problems or have questions about how to use ZOOMGRANTS, contact Lindsey Johnson at Lindsey.Johnson@state.co.us.  For questions regarding the JAG application, other than technical Zoomgrants issues, contact Kristy Wilson at kristy.wilson@state.co.us or 303-239-4567.