General Grant Program Informaiton
The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide one-time limited financial assistance within Iowa’s criminal/juvenile justice system to support prioritized activities to prevent, prepare for, and/or respond to the coronavirus.
Approximately $5.2 M is available through the Iowa ODCP via the CESF program. Of that total, the ODCP is targeting about $4.1 M for state agencies and $1.1 M for local entities (including tribes, plus faith and nonprofits applying in partnership with units of government), with approximately half of ODCP CESF funding available now and the remainder available later. This is in addition to approximately $3 M in CESF “local-direct” grants from the U.S. Department of Justice directly to 36 Iowa cities and counties. (*A list of local agencies eligible for CESF “local-direct” awards from USDOJ is available on the ODCP’s website.)
The Iowa ODCP, in consultation with a CESF advisory workgroup and others, has identified CESF priorities for funding and criteria for focus area and subgrantee selection.
It's the ODCP's intent, subject to limited funding and evolving circumstances, to award Iowa CESF grants for qualifying priorities of multiple local, state and tribal applicants. Due to the uncertainty in disease modeling, and the related immediate and long term impacts, ODCP intends to distribute the funding in at least two rounds of solicitations to meet the varied coronavirus-related needs of criminal and juvenile justice agencies.
Iowa CESF grant funding will assist selected local, state and tribal criminal/juvenile justice agencies with immediate needs related to high priority or emergent responses not supported through other resources provided for the stated purpose including, but not limited to, Coronavirus funding from: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES); other emergency funding sources; and separate CESF local-direct grants. Iowa CESF grant funding administered by the ODCP may also assist criminal/juvenile justice system intermediate needs including priorities that may improve justice system operations.
Applications within the following focus areas will be considered in the first round solicitation. The solicitation will open May 5th and applications are due June 1, 2020.
Iowa Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Focus Areas for Eligible Applicants
- Promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus through practice, equipment or supplies.
- Remote or tele-services and equipment (including but not limited to - mobile communications, computing, employment, supervision, surveillance, service provision, etc.).
- Production of personal protection equipment and supplies (including but not limited to - prison industries & other work programs).
- Personal protection equipment not covered by other sources (Note: most PPE directly involved in the coronavirus response is covered by other funding sources).
- Addressing coronavirus related medical needs of residents in prisons, jails, and detention facilities not covered by other funding sources.
- Relocation costs for residents of prisons, jails or detention facilities impacted by a coronavirus outbreak.
- Housing costs for clients displaced in facilities impacted by coronavirus outbreak.
- Technology solutions that address Coronavirus related needs (including but not limited to - equipment to increase security and electronic monitoring).
- Data systems that improve the exchange of information and improve the justice system’s response to Coronavirus.
- Personnel essential to prevent, prepare for, and/or respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Overtime for staff to support Coronavirus response.
- Other eligible and emerging needs justified in the application.
Subsequent rounds of funding will also include the priorities listed above. A second round solicitation is expected to open in in the fall with a three-week application period.
Approximately half of Iowa’s total CESF federal award for pandemic prevention, preparation or response (approximately $2.6 million) will be available for grants in the first round solicitation. The remaining amount will be available for grants made in the second and possible subsequent round solicitations. Iowa CESF grant funds that are uncommitted or unused will be reprogrammed for other pandemic-related needs at the discretion of the ODCP.
For purposes of this and subsequent Iowa CESF solicitations, Judicial District Departments of Correctional Services are considered state agencies. Grant applications submitted in earlier rounds, but not selected for funding, will automatically be reconsidered in subsequent rounds unless withdrawn by the applicant or determined to be ineligible by ODCP. Prior CESF grant awards may be considered by the ODCP in assessing new applications from previous recipients.
Eligible applicants should submit only one application per solicitation, however they may submit an application in each solicitation round.
Certain communities were identified by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to receive local-direct funding through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program. Those communities are eligible to apply to the ODCP through this solicitation: however, CESF local-direct funding will be a consideration in making funding decisions, as will the unmet needs of other communities that do not receive a CESF local-direct grant award.
Due to the changing and unpredictable nature of the Coronavirus pandemic, ODCP reserves the right at any point to reprioritize and redirect uncommitted CESF funding.
Grant Application Instructions
Those eligible to receive grant funds from the 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. A state unit of government is defined as an executive branch department and the judicial branch, including decentralized elements thereof. For purposes of this and subsequent Iowa CESF solicitations, Judicial District Departments of Correctional Services are considered state agencies. 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.
Applications for Phase I must be received by ODCP through Iowa’s enterprise grant management system (www.iowagrants.gov) by 4:30 p.m. June 1, 2020.