GOCCP Accepting Applications for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) is accepting applications for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants. These grants may be used for a broad range of criminal justice initiatives. Eligible applicants include but are not limited to local government agencies and local law enforcement. Only one grant application per eligible applicants will be considered for funding. The submission deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 3 pm. Grant awards notifications will be made in September 2017.

From the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA):

This Notice of Funding Availability will only give consideration to programs relative to the following federal purpose areas:

  • Law enforcement and task forces programs
  • Prosecution and court programs
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections and community corrections programs
  • Drug treatment and drug court programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation programs)

Additionally, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention’s State priority areas are:

  • Improve Maryland’s sentencing and corrections policies with the goal of safely reducing the number of inmates in Maryland prisons.

-Focus prison beds on serious and violent offenders

-Strengthen probation and parole supervision

-Improve and enhance release and reentry practices, including community-based employment, treatment, and housing services

-Implementation of Transition Coordinator to provide transition planning and support for high-risk offenders

-Reentry services, employment, and medical coverage to local detention centers for offenders in final months of incarceration

-Ensure oversight and accountability

  • Increase number of drug treatment beds
  • Expand treatment and programming, including day reporting centers and drug courts
  • Projects that offer services and intervention strategies to deal with the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland.
  • Law enforcement strategically-developed, data-driven projects that rely on strong partnerships and collaboration to leverage scarce resources and shared priorities.
  • Evidence based recidivism reduction programs that deliver services to, and enhance successful outcomes for, ex-offenders in communities throughout Maryland.
  • Evidence based and data driven projects designed to: reduce gun violence, gang violence and other types of violent crime; identify and contain violent repeat offenders; and support successful prosecutions of violent repeat offenders.
  • Two-Generation Approach for supporting vulnerable children and their families.
  • Law enforcement technology projects that increase capacity and leverage existing resources, to include crime analysis, crime mapping and other analytical tools to fight crime.
  • Law enforcement projects that move agencies towards the use of the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) for data reporting prior to the federal deadline of 2021.
  • Initiatives that provide or enhance services for victims of crime, to include human trafficking.

For more information visit the GOCCP BJAG webpage and consult the NOFA.

For application assistance contact Tammy Lovill, Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Manager, 410-697-9321, Tammy.Lovill@maryland.gov.