U.S. Department of Justice seeking Applications to Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities

Deadline: 22 May 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding of projects designed to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities, and to achieve and maintain compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) directs DOJ to provide grants to jurisdictions and agencies nationwide to “protect inmates and safeguard communities.” This program responds to this statutory obligation by:

  • Supporting efforts in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities covered by the PREA standards.
  • Promoting comprehensive implementation of the standards.
  • Enhancing community safety by decreasing the likelihood that inmates, residents, and detainees are sexually victimized in confinement facilities prior to release.

The purpose of the PREA Grant Program is to assist confinement facilities and the agencies that oversee them in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in these facilities, and to promote compliance with the PREA standards.


The program’s objectives are to:

  • Reduce sexual abuse in confinement facilities.
  • Increase staff capacity for preventing sexual abuse in confinement facilities.
  • Promote integration of the PREA standards into the day-to-day operations and cultures of confinement facilities.
  • Identify and document innovations and promising practices in order to inform similar efforts across the nation.
  • Create cultures of “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse in confinement facilities.

Funding Information

  • BJA expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $250,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2,500,000. All awards are for a 24-month period of performance to begin on or about October 1, 2019.
  • The funding during the initial 6-month period should support planning activities, followed by 18 months of implementation activities. Implementation may begin earlier, subject to approval of the PREA implementation plan.
  • Applicants must apply in one of three categories, depending upon their jurisdictional status:
    • Category 1, Competition ID BJA-2019-15326: Units of state government agencies.
    • Category 2, Competition ID BJA-2019-15327: Units of county or city local government agencies.
    • Category 3, Competition ID BJA-2019-15328: Federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribes and/or tribal organizations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Special district governments
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • State governments

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=313737

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