OJJDP FY 2017 Safe and Thriving Communities: Planning and Collaboration Initiative in the United States

Deadline: 3 April 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Safe and Thriving Communities: Planning and Collaboration initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by strengthening community capacity to stem violence and reduce youth offending and victimization, improving the response to children’s exposure to violence, and enhancing public safety.

The purpose of Safe and Thriving Communities is to support and enhance efforts to develop comprehensive prevention and public health and safety plans to address violence in homes, schools, and communities and the consequent trauma. This initiative is intended to strengthen the capacity of selected communities to collaboratively plan, align, and execute community driven approaches focused on a shared framework of prevention; intervention and providing opportunities; and community development, along with deterrence, targeted outreach, and enforcement.

OJJDP is seeking proposals from applicant jurisdictions grappling with high levels of youth related gun crime and gang violence and that can demonstrate a willingness and readiness to develop fully comprehensive, community- and data-driven responses. Funding will support selected jurisdictions to undertake strategic planning and capacity-building work through multidisciplinary and community partnerships.

Program Goals

The long-term goals of the Safe and Thriving Communities initiative are to:

  • Increase the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children, youth, and families.
  • Prevent violence and promote healing from victimization and exposure to violence in the home, school, and community.
  • Reduce and sustain reductions in youth violence, specifically gun and gang violence and victimization.

Objectives

Objectives and associated activities are to:

  • Elevate prevention of youth violence and children’s exposure to violence as a priority issue within the applicant jurisdiction and work collaboratively with other public and private entities to elevate prevention as a nationwide priority.
    Raise public awareness of the importance of preventing and addressing youth and gang violence, highlighting the individual and societal impacts.
  • Stop youth gun and gang violence and community violence impactingyouth.
    Intervene in and deter youth from gun and gang violence using evidence- and practice-based approaches, notably the Group Violence Intervention, formerly known as the Boston Ceasefire model; Cure Violence; and the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model. CrimeSolutions.gov and Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs contain additional information.
  • Improve access to, delivery of, and quality of services available that promote healing and positive youth and community development in jurisdictions nationwide.
    Ensure policies, practices, and services incorporate trauma-informed, healing-based, and developmentally appropriate services for children and youth.

Award Information

OJJDP expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $333,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of $3,330,000. OJJDP expects to make awards for an 18-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are limited to:

  • states (including territories) as joint applicants with units of local government or with federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior,
  • units of local government, and
  • federally recognized tribal governments.

Note that organizations proposing to focus on jurisdictions supported by OJJDP awards made in FY 2010 or later under the National Forum, Defending Childhood, Community Based Violence Prevention, and Safe and Thriving Communities initiatives are not eligible for this solicitation.

OJJDP welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Joint or co-applicants must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees”). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Grants.gov.

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