The Department of Justice has announced several juvenile-related grants under the stimulus bill, including the following. For information about how to apply and about more grants, go to http://www.youthtoday.org, and click on “Stimulus Funds and Youth Work” under Latest News; or visit http://www.grants.gov.
Edward Byrne Competitive Grants: $225 million, with some set aside for Youth Mentoring grants (described below). Funding will be awarded under eight categories, a few of which mention youth-related initiatives as eligible activities. Under category one – which funds community-based data-driven approaches to reducing crime – outreach to youth and community courts are suggested project components. A neighborhood probation and parole category mentions engaging with adult and juvenile offenders in case management and offender supervision.
Applications are due April 27.
Youth Mentoring: These funds come from the Byrne Competitive Grants, but the amount is not in the announcement. Officials say they plan to fund “multiple” awards of up to $500,000 each for four-year project periods.
Eligible organizations are public agencies and private organizations, but applicants are required to form a “community partnership” that includes one or more private organizations, for-profits or community and faith-based groups. Applicants should develop, implement or expand local mentoring programs that lead to “measurable, positive outcomes for at-risk youth.”
Applications are due April 20.
Internet Crimes Against Children: $50 million is available for programs that track down people who engage in online enticements of children, child exploitation and child obscenity and pornography.
ICAC money is split among several solicitations. The main program provides $41 million for task forces. Applications are due April 8. The rest of the money is available for ICAC task force training and technical assistance, research, and the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System. The application deadline for the latter three programs is May 14.