The Project Safe Neighborhoods program is a federal grant program designed to address violent crime with an emphasis on gun and gang related crime. The PSN program provides funding to each of the 94 US Attorney districts to facilitate a coordinated response to the most critical violent crime problem in each district.
Each of the U.S. Attorneys have established district PSN workgroups who have developed a PSN grant action plan which includes funding priorities for the 2021 award. The U.S. Attorney has identified the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) as the fiscal agent for the PSN program in the Northern District of Iowa.
ODCP in cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, offer a competitive Project Safe Neighborhood funding opportunity. Through this funding opportunity, financial assistance is available to promote safe neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms. The PSN program supports coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve in a unified approach coordinated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Funding for this opportunity is available through of Iowa’s 2021 Project Safe Neighborhoods award. Approximately $94,246 will be committed in the Northern District.
Iowa Northern District PSN Priority Activities
The US Attorney, Northern District of Iowa has identified the following Priority Activities for this solicitation. Priority funding will be provided to projects which employ strategies that positively affect these broadly targeted activities:
- Equipment, services and technology for law enforcement
- Youth-serving organizations/agencies toward the operation/support of prevention programming, including critical thinking classes, mentoring initiatives and/or other programs aimed at promoting protective factors and positive youth development
- Mental health/social services assistance for at-risk individuals
- Crime prevention training, de-escalation training, and community policing training for law enforcement officers
- Gang task forces including enforcement and prevention activities
The U.S. Attorney’s PSN Task Force has identified Black Hawk County/Waterloo as an area of priority based on violent crime data. Applications serving Black Hawk County/Waterloo will receive priority consideration in the review process.
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.
Applications for 2021 PSN funding must be received by ODCP through Iowa’s enterprise grant management system (www.iowagrants.gov) by 4:30 p.m. August 25, 2021.