OJJDP Grants Get Claimed Before You Apply

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The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention last month issued a solicitation for field-initiated demonstration programs, which at first look promising: Nonprofits and public agencies are eligible for the $300,000 grants, which promote innovative approaches.

Here’s the problem: The money is almost all spent.

The “joint explanatory statement” for Department of Justice appropriations in fiscal 2009 lists $82 million available for Part E-Demonstration Projects, which is a discretionary funding stream that includes these demonstration programs. Youth Today’s database of earmarks (available under Latest News at http://www.youthtoday.org) shows that all of the earmarks for OJJDP come from Part E. And they total $80,896,000.

As explained by an earmark-process veteran, the pork winners must submit a grant application. So it appears that the real competition is for the remaining $1.1 million.

The deadline is May 26. Go to http://www.grants.gov and search under Funding Opportunity Number OJJDP-2009-2180.

  • Scott Peterson

    And – once you take a closer look at the RFP – you notice this is only $150,000 per year for a total of $300,000 over two years. The requirements look like they were cut and pasted off a $1,000,000 a year grant – the program and budget requirements and data collection for this project is outrageous.

  • scott peterson

    See below from OJJDP web-site – if you are applying and writing this – stop and read below – it has been cancelled.

    Field Initiated Demonstration Program
    This program has been cancelled and will not be supported by OJJDP due to unavailability of funds.