The Iowa Department of Human Rights Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) was awarded $1.542 million in Juvenile Delinquency Prevention discretionary grant funding from the federal Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The Iowa Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, state advisory group, has invested an additional $52,000, for a total of $1,594,177, which will be distributed through this competitive award process.
The focus for the funding is for communities to implement or expand pre-charge diversion programs for juveniles over the next five years. There are multiple rounds of funding, which are detailed below.
What is “Pre-Charge Diversion?” - Pre-charge diversion programs are interventions that law enforcement and communities utilize as an alternative to juvenile court processing or the imposition of formal charges for low level allegations.
Award Amount and Duration
TOTAL AWARD: $700,000 (30 months x approx. 5-7 individual project awards)
INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM AWARD: Up to $125,000 over 30 months
FUNDING START DATE: July 1, 2022
AWARD PERIODS: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 (up to $50,000)
July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 (up to $50,000)
July 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024 (up to $25,000)
This funding opportunity and application are for the first of the award periods (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023).
The second Award Period will be via an extension of the first-year contract, contingent upon satisfactory completion of contract requirements during the first year.
The second round will begin in April 2024, as a new funding opportunity. Communities that receive funding during the first round are not eligible for second round funding.
Eligible Applicants and Project Types
Awards will be made to local units of government (city, county, township or town) to develop and implement or expand pre-charge diversion programs in communities with:
For the purposes of this application, new programs are considered those which are not currently in operation. Expanded programs are considered those which are currently operated through other sources of funding and the applicant is seeking to supplement the program by furthering the scope and capacity.
Note: any applicant seeking funds for an expanded program will be required to detail the program funding history including the sources of funding. Applicants will describe how juvenile delinquency prevention grant funding will further the scope and capacity of the program and will NOT be used to supplant* current funding.
*Supplanting is not permitted. A unit of local government is not allowed to reduce state or local funds for an activity specifically because federal funds are available (or expected to be available) to fund that same activity. Federal funds are allowed to supplement existing state or local funds for program activities and may not replace state or local funds that have been appropriated or allocated for the same purpose.