Public Safety/Homeland Security

COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services)

Total Funding Available:$1 billion

Total Texas Funding Available:Unknown

Overview:
Grants used to hire and train community policing professionals, acquire and deploy cutting-edge crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test innovative policing strategies.COPS office funding provides training and technical assistance to advance community policing at all levels of law enforcement, from line officers to law enforcement executives, as well as others in the criminal justice field. Because community policing is inclusive, COPS office training also reaches state and local government leaders and the citizens they serve. Funds cover the actual cost of an officer for three years.

There are two types of federal grants:

  • Sponsored/Targeted Grants: Consist of methamphetamine, safe schools initiative, and technology programs.
  • Discretionary/Non-Targeted Grants: Consist of Cops In Schools, Homeland Security Overtime Program, MORE, Interoperability, Secure Our Schools, Tribal and Universal Hiring programs. It is estimated that these grants will fund 5,500 local police officers through the COPS Hiring Recovery Program.

Special Factors:
Traditionally, the program provides 75 percent of a new hire or rehire's salary for the first three years, with a salary cap of $75,000 for these new officers. However, the ARRA waives both the salary cap and local match for FYs 09 and 10. Further, the COPS office has indicated that they will allow local governments to use the funds to retain police officers that they otherwise would not be able to keep on salary.

How to Access Funding:
Cities will apply directly with the Federal Department of Justice, COPS Office, for grants. The federal COPS Office is expected to launch the program within a few weeks, please see the website below for updated information.Application procedures can be located at http://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2110.

Updated March 16: The COPS Office will receive the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to address the personnel needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement. Applications for CHRP grants will be accepted online beginning March 16, 2009 and continuing through April 14, 2009, at http://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2108.

Updated April 6, 2009: Frequently asked questions have been added to the COPS Web site at: http://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2130.

Updated August 3, 2009: Vice President Biden has announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s allocation of $1 billion in COPS grants to support efforts of law enforcement agencies in each of the 50 states.For more information on which Texas cities received these funds, please visit http://cops.usdoj.gov./Default.asp?Item=2208.

Federal Contact:

Grant Program Specialist - Sponsored/Targeted: Raymond Reid
Phone: 202.305.0865
E-mail: ask.Cops@usdoj.gov

Grant Program Specialist - Discretionary/Non-Targeted: Lynette Chambliss
Phone: 202.353.9790
E-mail: ask.Cops@usdoj.gov

Byrne JAG – Formula

Total Funding Available:$2 billion

Total Texas Funding Available: $140.6 million

Overview:
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system. The procedure for allocating JAG funds is a formula based on population and crime statistics, in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share. Funds are distributed 60/40 between state and local recipients. The list of eligible applicants for the federal funds can be found by clicking on “Texas” on the following web page: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/08jagallocations.html.

These funds are extremely flexible and can be utilized to pay for programs, equipment, some salaries, prevention programs, drug enforcement programs, and buying equipment to support law enforcement.

In addition to direct grants from the federal government, cities are sometimes eligible to receive funds from the state allocation. In some instances, a city that is not eligible for the federal grant will be eligible for the state funds.

How to Access Funding:

Updated April 6, 2009:

Federal: Information on how to access funding can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryJAG/JAGrecoveryLocal.pdf?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nlc-frupdate+3/27/2009+3:24:57+PM.If cities plan to access this funding, they are encouraged to register with the Central Contractor Registration registrant database now. (See “Preliminary Matters” on the main TML federal stimulus information page for registration instructions.)

Applications are due by May 18, 2009. Updated May 19: The Department of Justice has announced that the deadline has been extended.The new application deadline is 8:00 pm ET on June 17, 2009.

State: JAG funds allocated to the state are distributed through the governor’s Criminal Justice Division. Funds will be allocated by formula to the governor for grants to local law enforcement entities (40%) and state law enforcement entities, such as the Texas Department of Public Safety (60%), to be used for special law enforcement purposes (including training, equipment, personnel). There are no matching funds requirements for these grants, and all funds must be obligated by September 30, 2010. Information on how to apply for these grants is available on the Criminal Justice Division’s Web site at https://cjdonline.governor.state.tx.us/updates.aspx.

Posted March 4 (from the National League of Cities):The amount of Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funding going to individual states and local governments has been released by the Department of Justice.The $2 billion in Byrne JAG funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can be used for a wide range of crime prevention and law enforcement activities.

State and local allocations are available here:http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryJAG/recoveryallocations.htmlThe Department of Justice has not released official guidance on how the funds can be accessed, but this will give some insight into the level of funding set aside for various communities.

Under Byrne JAG, 40 percent of funding goes directly to local governments, and 60 percent goes to the state to distribute.States are required to pass a percentage of these funds through to localities.For more information on how a state intends to distribute formula grant funds, contact your state administrator (a list of which are available atwww.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/index.htm).

Updated April 6, 2009:
Federal Contact:

Call BJA toll-free at 1-866-268-0079 or
e-mail JAGRecovery@usdoj.gov
(This e-mail account will be checked hourly. A response will be provided within one business day.)

Esmeralda Womack
(202) 353-3450
Esmeralda.Womack@usdoj.gov

Eileen M. Garry
Deputy Director for Programs
(202) 307–6226
eileen.garry@usdoj.gov

United States Office of Justice Programs
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryact.html

State Contact:

Judy Switzer
Texas Office of the Governor
Criminal Justice Division
Capitol Station
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
512-463-7879 (telephone)
512-475-2440 (FAX)
jswitzer@governor.state.tx.us

Byrne JAG – Competitive

Total Funding Available: $225 million

Total Texas Funding Available:Unknown—Competitive Grants

Overview:
Competitive grants to units of state, local, and tribal government and to national, regional, and local non-profit organizations to prevent crime, improve the administration of justice, provide services to victims of crime, support critical nurturing and mentoring of at-risk children and youth, and for other similar activities.

How to Access Funding:
Cities will apply directly to the United States Office of Justice Programs.Solicitation, FAQ, and fact sheets will be released soon by the Office of Justice Programs. If cities plan to access this funding, they are encouraged to register with the Central Contractor Registration registrant database now.(See “Preliminary Matters” on the main TML federal stimulus information page for registration instructions.)

Federal Contact:

United States Office of Justice Programs
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryact.html

Updated on March 23, 2009: All applications are due by 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 27, 2009.

Internet Crimes Against Children

Total Funding Available: $50 million

Total Texas Funding Available:$2.9 million

Overview:
Competitive grants through the United States Office of Justice Programs to coordinate state and local responses to preventing, apprehending, and prosecuting online predators.Funds will be allocated by formula to the Governor for competitive grants to local and state entities for fighting Internet crimes against children. The primary recipients of this money could be the Dallas Police Department and the Texas office of the attorney general, as those two entities serve as the lead agencies for the Northern and Southern Texas Internet Crimes Task Force. There are no matching requirements for these funds.

How to Access Funding:
This funding is given directly to entities, including cities, by the United States Office of Justice Programs.Solicitation, FAQ, and fact sheets will be released soon by the Office of Justice Programs. If cities plan to access this funding, they are encouraged to register with the Central Contractor Registration registrant database now. (See “Preliminary Matters” on the main TML federal stimulus information page for registration instructions.)

Federal Contact:

United States Office of Justice Programs
www.ojp.usdoj.gov

Violence Against Women

Total Funding Available: $175 million for STOP grants;$50 million for transitional housing

Total Texas Funding Available: $16.1 million

Overview:
Funds will be allocated by formula to the governor for grants to local law enforcement entities to combat violence against women. Of the total, $50 million is for transitional housing assistance grants. There is a 25% match for local law enforcement agencies and no matching requirements for nonprofit agencies.

  • STOP (Services • Training • Officers • Prosecutors) grants: Formula grantsawarded to states and territories to develop and strengthen the criminal justice system's response to violence against women and to support and enhance services for victims. Each state and territory must allocate 25 percent of the grant funds for law enforcement, 25 percent for prosecution, 5 percent for courts, and 30 percent for victim services.
  • Transitional Housing: Discretionary grant program that provides transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services for individuals who are homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, Indian tribal governments, and other organizations that have a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Special Factors:
Information regarding matching fund requirements for STOP can be found atwww.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/match_requirement.pdf.

How to Access Funding:

Federal Contact:

http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov

State Contact:

https://cjdonline.governor.state.tx.us When a city applies for a grant, it will be given a grant manager who will be their primary contact for the grant.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (Fire Stations)

Total Funding Available: $210 million

Total Texas Funding Available: Not applicable—recipients determined on a case-by-case basis by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Overview:
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. AFG funding from the ARRA can be used to modify, upgrade, or construct non-federal fire stations.

Special Factors:

  • The maximum grant amount is $15 million.
  • No matching funds are required.
  • Extensive “Buy America” provisions can be waived by the Secretary.

How to Access Funding:
A city will apply directly to the federal agency for a grant.The Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the grants in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. Funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Regulations will be adopted and released by the Secretary.

Federal Contact:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
www.firegrantsupport.com/afg/

Wildland Fire Management

Total Funding Available: $500 million ($250 million for federal lands, and $250 million for state and private lands)

Total Texas Funding Available: This information is not yet available as the procedures for how this funding will be dispersed have not been determined.

Overview:
These funds will be used for hazardous fuels reduction, forest health protection, rehabilitation and hazard mitigation activities on Federal lands and hazardous fuels reduction, forest health and ecosystem improvement activities on State and private lands.

How to Access Funding: To be determined.

Federal Contact:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
www.fema.gov

State Contact:

To be determined.

Public Transportation Security Assistance

Total Funding Available: $150 million

Total Texas Funding Available:Not applicable—grant funding is given on a case-by-case basis by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Overview:
Provides grant funding to the nation’s key high-threat urban areas to enhance security measures for their critical transit infrastructure including bus, ferry and rail systems.

Special Factors:
Extensive “Buy America” provisions can be waived by the Secretary.

How to Access Funding:
Funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Regulations will be adopted and released by the Secretary.

Federal Contact:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
www.fema.gov/government/grant/tsgp/index.shtm

Emergency Food and Shelter

Total Funding Available: $100 million

Total Texas Funding Available: Not applicable—recipients chosen nationwide based on qualifications by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Overview:
Supplements the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. (Private-Nonprofit community and government organizations)

Special Factors:
Extensive “Buy America” provisions can be waived by the Secretary.

How to Access Funding:
Funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Regulations will be adopted and released by the Secretary.

Federal Contact:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/efs.shtm

Posted March 23, 2009: Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs

Total Funding Available: $125 million

Total Texas Funding Available: Not applicable—recipients chosen nationwide based on a competitive grant program by the Office of Justice Programs under the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Overview: BJA will be making awards to assist law enforcement in rural states and rural areas through improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities to prevent and combat crime and drugs.

Those eligible to apply are limited to local (including county) located in “rural areas,” as that term is defined by the Office of Management and Budget.(www.whitehouse.gov/omb/bulletins/fy2009/09-01.pdf).In addition, state law enforcement agencies that are from “rural states” or that provide assistance to one or more “rural areas” are eligible to apply.

Special Factors:More specific information on which cities can apply for this funding will be available soon at the Office of Justice Program’s Web site under FAQs.http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryact.html.

Updated April 6, 2009:
How to Access Funding:
Registration with OJP’s Grants Management System (GMS) is required prior to application submission. (See “Preliminary Matters” on the main TML federal stimulus information page for registration instructions.) All applications are due by 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 22, 2009.For more information on eligibility and how to apply go to: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recovery/RecoveryRuralLE.pdf?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nlc-frupdate+3/27/2009+3:24:57+PM

Federal Contacts:

CategoryBJA ContactE-mail AddressPhone Number
I: Combating Rural CrimeAlissa HuntoonAlissa.Huntoon@usdoj.gov202-305-1661
II: Improving Rural Law Enforcement InvestigationsLinda Hammond-DeckardLinda.Hammond-Deckard@usdoj.gov202-514-6015
III: Enhancing Rural Corrections, Detention, and Jail OperationsGary DennisGary.Dennis@usdoj.gov202-305-9059
IV: Facilitating Rural Justice Information SharingDavid LewisDavid.P.Lewis@usdoj.gov202-616-7829
V: Training and Technical AssistanceLon McDougalLonnie.R.McDougal@usdoj.gov202-307-3678

 

Posted March 23, 2009: State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program: Combating Criminal Narcotics Activity Stemming from the Southern Border of the United States Competitive Grant

Total Funding Available: $30 million

Total Texas Funding Available: Not applicable—recipients chosen along the Southern border of the United States based on a competitive grant program by the Office of Justice Programs under the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Overview: This is a competitive grant program to provide assistance and equipment to law enforcement along the Southern border and in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border.

For categories I, II, and III, applicants are limited to: (A) state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies located in the Southern border region, or (B) authorized state, local or tribal law enforcement agencies applying on behalf of High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) combating criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border

For Category IV only, applicants are limited to: (A) state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies located in the Southern border region; and national organizations; institutions of higher education; faith-based, community, and regional organizations that provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement located in the Southern border region, or (B) authorized state, local or tribal law enforcement agencies applying on behalf of High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) combating criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border.

Special Factors:The “Southern border” (or “Southern border region”) of the United States is limited to the southern geographic land border of the United States, which includes, and is limited to, the following states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.State and local law enforcement agencies include state and local prosecutors, parole, probation, and community corrections agencies.

How to Access Funding: Registration with OJP’s Grants Management System (GMS) is required prior to application submission. (See “Preliminary Matters” on the main TML federal stimulus information page for registration instructions.)All applications are due by 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 17, 2009.

Updated April 6, 2009:
Federal Contact (E-mail is the preferred method for questions on this solicitation):

Category I, Combating Criminal Narcotics Activity
Michael Medaris
202-616-8937
Michael.Medaris@usdoj.gov

Category II, Enhancing Southern Border Jails, Community Corrections, and Detention Operations
Gary Dennis
202-305-9059
Gary.Dennis@usdoj.gov

Category III, Facilitating Justice Information Sharing, Collaboration and Problem Solving
David Lewis
202-616-7829
David.P.Lewis@usdoj.gov

Category IV, National Training and Technical Assistance
Danica Szarvas-Kidd
202-305-7418
Danica.Szarvas-Kidd@usdoj.gov