Current Funding Opportunities

As funding becomes available from FDLE’s Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG), announcements will be posted to this page.  
Posted 1/12/2018
 
Status of Federal FY17 Byrne JAG Awards and FDLE’s Efforts: 

Dear FDLE Byrne JAG Subrecipients:
 
We wanted to provide another update to let you know that this year’s Byrne JAG awards are still on hold at the Department of Justice.  FDLE’s winter Progress Through Partnerships publication which was shared last week through the Florida Sheriff’s Association and Florida Police Chiefs Association included an article describing some of the factors and reasons for the ongoing delay.  However, since this is an evolving issue, we will continue to provide updates as they become available. 
 
In December FDLE forwarded a letter to the DOJ Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) stating Florida’s willingness and ability to administer these funds, and the protocols we have in place to assure compliance with state and federal requirements.  The letter included the required signed certifications from the FDLE Commissioner and General Counsel.
 
We will be sending a follow-up request to you soon asking for data to help us gauge the impact of this lapse in funding.  FDLE will use this information to generate a second notification to BJA describing the immediate impact our law enforcement and criminal justice communities are facing because of the federal delays, and again urging them to release awards.  We would like to hear from all of you, but strongly encourage those funding positions (FTEs), task forces, law enforcement efforts, contract staff, behavioral health and reentry programs, or other personnel or service providers with this grant to respond.     
 
Other Efforts:
 
National associations are also working to bring awareness of the impact the new requirements and funding delays are having on local and state government.  One such effort is being coordinated by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), which has issued information bulletins and drafted two sign-on letters to federal policymakers.  The bulletin was released on December 1, 2017 and can be found here, and they are asking local and state stakeholder organizations to sign onto the letter via electronic signature.  
 
The first sign-on letter from NCJA was to members of the House of Representatives opposing the imposition of unrelated requirements on law enforcement grants, namely DOJ’s decision to add compliance with federal immigration priorities as a factor to receive law enforcement grants including Byrne JAG and COPS.  FDLE does not take a position on federal immigration policies; however, you may have received information about this effort from your state or national associations as the deadline for sign-on to this letter has already passed. 
 
The second letter is to President Trump and Congressional Leaders expressing support for the Byrne JAG program, and reminding the Administration and Congress of the role Byrne JAG plays in our local and state criminal and juvenile justice systems.  Entities wishing to read and sign onto this letter may do so by clicking here.  You will be asked to provide the name, title, organization, and location of the individual giving authorization to sign.  (Note: only the organization name will be listed on the final letter, not individual’s names).   The deadline to sign onto the letter is January 11, 2018
 
Many other states issue JAG subgrants via competitive processes, but Florida provides a formula-based allocation to units of government statewide.  This allows our local governments to determine the best use of funds for the broadest impact possible to improve criminal justice within their jurisdiction.  For this reason, Florida is in a unique position to include a large number of entities in support of this program and this letter.   
 
For questions about FDLE’s JAG program, status, or subawards, please contact me or our JAG supervisor Rona Kay Cradit at (850) 617-1250.  For questions about NCJA’s sign-on letter, please contact NCJA Director of Government Affairs Elizabeth Pyke at epyke@ncja.org.
 
In closing, FDLE is acutely aware of the potential budgetary and programmatic impact of these delays on our local criminal justice partners. As an agency, we are also impacted by these funding decisions.  We will continue to monitor this situation and notify you as information becomes available.
 
Petrina Herring, Bureau Chief
Office of Criminal Justice Grants
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
petrinaherring@fdle.state.fl.us
 
Posted 9/29/2017

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Countywide (JAGC)

Notice: FDLE is currently pending receipt of the FY17 state JAG award. Information for this JAGC process is provided for planning purposes in anticipation of the FY17 subgrant solicitation coming soon.

Description:
JAG funds may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, for broad deployment and adoption activities related to the improvement of criminal justice for any one or more of eight federally identified purpose areas.

Eligibility:
This solicitation will be open to units of local government in Florida. Applicants must meet additional eligibility requirements in the solicitiation. For this program, “units of local government” is defined as any city, county, town, township, borough, parish, village, or other general-purpose political subdivision of the State of Florida and includes Native American Tribes that perform law enforcement functions as determined by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
 
FY17 JAGC Allocations
 
Deadlines:
Deadlines will be announced with the solicitation.

Certificate of Participation (signed by county Chair): Accepting now, deadline TBA
51% Letters: Accepting now, deadline TBA
Subgrant Application Submission: TBA

 
For questions, please contact FDLE’s JAG unit supervisor, Rona Kay Cradit, at (850) 617-1250.