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Bureau of Justice opens applications for $850 million in COVID-19 emergency supplemental funding

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 31, 2020

The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Programs (BJA) has posted the solicitation for state, local and tribal applicants for the $850 million in Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) that NAPO helped secure in the stimulus package signed into law March 27, 2020.

Click here for the link to the solicitation for grant funding.

NAPO’s Director of Governmental Affairs Andy Edmiston emailed important information on this emergency grant funding to members below:

  • The CESF Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.
  • Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.
  • This grant is modeled on the 2019 Byrne-JAG grant, so any recipients from that grant should be eligible applicants for this supplemental funding.
  • Only the State Administering Agency (SAA) who applied for the FY19 State JAG grant is eligible to apply for this grant. Localities have access to this funding through their SAA.
  • The grant application is open until May 29, 2020 and applications must be submitted via OJP’s Grants Management System (GMS).
  • The project period for this grant is 24 months, with an opportunity for a 12-month extension.
  • Grant recipients may draw down funds in advance, or on a reimbursement basis.
  • The project period will be established retroactively to January 20, 2020, but please note that federal supplanting rules apply.
  • Applicants must submit a program narrative, budget and budget narrative, but BJA will expedite the review of these applications and move them as quickly as possible to award.
  • $58 million has been set aside for localities that do not currently have a Byrne-JAG funding through their SAA, so please ensure your local agencies apply for this vital funding.

“NAPO spoke with the leadership of BJA about the CESF grant yesterday and they stated that BJA aims to get the funding out to grantees within 7-10 days of receiving an application,” Edmiston wrote. “The solicitation will remain open for 30 days, but BJA will be processing them on a rolling basis.”

For further information, Andy Edmiston can be reached at [email protected] or (703) 549-0774.

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