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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) (Pennsylvania)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)


    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime. Based on their own local needs and conditions, agencies are provided with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. 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 purpose areas:

    • Law enforcement programs.
    • Prosecution and court programs.
    • Prevention and court programs.
    • Corrections and community corrections programs.
    • Drug treatment and programs.
    • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

    In Pennsylvania, the Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) mission for JAG funding is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.

    Funds for the proposed program may be used to implement projects that support one or more of the Goals, Objectives, and Activities from the PCCD Strategic Framework identified below.

    • Goal I: To make communities safe through collaboration and targeted investments. Objectives under this goal include:
      • Increase the efficacy of state and local planning efforts through interagency planning and collaboration.  
      • Provide law enforcement with the appropriate tools and training to assist them in combating and preventing crime. 
      • Develop solutions for justice-involved individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.  
      • Promote and support the use of evidence-based programs and practices. 
      • Promote the appropriate use and measure the effectiveness of promising approaches and dispositional alternatives.  
      • Promote the implementation of reentry programs and practices.  
    • Goal II: To reduce the impact of crime on victims. Objectives under this goal include:
      • Engage schools, communities and families in violence prevention and increase the support services provided to those who have been victims of violence.
    • Goal III: To develop and share relevant expertise, resources and technical assistance both within the agency and with our external partners. Objectives under this goal include:
      • Improve the accuracy and reliability of state and local criminal justice data through the automated exchange of information.  
      • Increase the overall knowledge and skills among victim service, criminal and juvenile justice practitioners through training and accreditation.  

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    In addition to the Goals and Objectives in the PCCD Strategic Framework, there are a number of characteristics that should be represented in applications submitted for funding consideration:
    • Innovative approaches to solve current and future problems;
    • Initiatives developed through collaborative planning efforts;
    • Initiatives that pilot solutions to systemwide problems;
    • Initiatives that create efficiencies and/or deliver services more effectively;
    • Initiatives that are cost-effective, sustainable and replicable;
    • Initiatives that are based on research or promising practices; and
    • Public/private/philanthropic partnerships.


    PCCD OCJS Staff

    PCCD OCJS Staff
    P.O. Box 1167
    Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Pennsylvania local units of government and non-profit organizations. Colleges and universities are considered non-profit organizations and are eligible to submit an application.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 27, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated in 2022.

    Award Details

    Up to $7,000,000 is available in total funding for FY20. Individual awards may be up to $150,000 for year one. Successful applicants will then be eligible to apply for a second year of funding at 70% previous levels. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Program periods extend 24-months, beginning October 1, 2020. 

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