The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), under the Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program, provides financial assistance to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system. The JAG program places an emphasis on violent crime, drug offenses, and serious offenders.
The JAG program has a history of funding innovation with an emphasis on data driven policy and demonstrating outcomes. Funding for this one-time special solicitation is available through Iowa’s Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant. Approximately $350,000 will be committed through this competitive grant process. The grant performance period is expected to be November 15, 2019 through October 31, 2020.
JAG applications within six federally-approved “Program Purpose Areas” and innovatively addressing at least one of the solicitation “Priorities” will be considered for funding.
Byrne-JAG Program Purpose Areas
- Law Enforcement Programs
- Prosecution and Court Programs
- Prevention and Education Programs
- Corrections And Community Corrections Programs
- Drug Treatment Programs
- Planning Evaluation and Technology Improvement Programs
Byrne-JAG Innovative Programs Priority Areas
The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy has identified the following areas in which grant funding will be prioritized for projects that employ innovative strategies to positively affect substance abuse and/or criminal justice systems:
- Enhance the administration of justice through improved efficiency, improved effectiveness, and/or reduced cost.
- Disrupt methamphetamine trafficking or reduce meth use.
- Address criminal justice and/or substance abuse system deficiencies in rural areas.
- Break the cycle of drug use, crime, and incarceration.
- Divert offenders from jail/prison to community based programming.
- Utilize data to improve system decision making and justice system outcomes.
- Build partnerships and capacity to promote sustainable collaboration that tackles problems from multiple angles.
- Reduce recidivism, victimization and crime.
This solicitation encourages exploration of new solutions to public safety and substance abuse concerns. It also address internal operations and organizational structure among criminal justice partners and develops strategies focused on reducing one or more of the priorities listed above. Proposals may include “innovative” initiatives modeled after programs within or from outside of Iowa.
Applicants should propose initiatives that use data, sound criminal justice principles, and innovation to create strategies that are effective, economical, and sustainable.
The Office of Drug Control Policy places strong emphasis on the use of data and evidence in policy making and programming. Applicants should document and describe, to the extent possible, a data/evidence focused response to particular crime and/or substance abuse problem in their grant applications.
Proposed projects are not required to be established evidence based programs, however, the applications should be based on sound criminal justice principals.
Information on evidence-based programs/practices, is available on the U.S. Department of Justice website at www.crimesolutions.gov.
Those eligible to receive grant funds from ODCP include state and local units of government, Indian tribes, faith based organizations and nonprofit entities. A local unit of government is defined as a city, county, town, township or other general purpose political subdivision of a state and includes Indian tribes that perform law enforcement functions as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. A city or county must be the legal applicant and recipient on behalf of city and county departments. Iowa faith based and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive grant funding, but application must be made through a state or local unit of government.