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OJJDP Grants Get Claimed Before You Apply


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 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 and search under Funding Opportunity Number OJJDP-2009-2180.


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