Justice Assistance Grant

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The program focuses on eight program areas:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecution and Courts
  • Crime Prevention and Education
  • Corrections and Community Corrections
  • Drug Treatment and Enforcement
  • Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement
  • Crime Victim and Witness Programs (other than Victims’ Compensation)
  • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

Grants may be used for:

  • personnel
  • equipment
  • training
  • technical assistance
  • information systems
  • prosecution
  • adjudication
  • detention
  • rehabilitation of offenders
  • providing victim assistance

The Justice Assistance Grant Advisory Committee selects programs for funding based upon projected funding. The Department selects individual projects for funding within the recommended programs following release of federal award amounts and review of individual project applications.

We are currently accepting concept proposals. Please click on the link below for concept proposal instructions.

Link to JAG Concept Solicitation

Please submit all proposals via email to bill.johnston@commerce.wa.gov. All concept proposals submitted before July 30th at 5:00 p.m. will be reviewed by the JAG Advisory Committee. The next committee meeting will be held in August.

Filing Discrimination Complaint Against Federal Grant Programs

Any client, customer, program participant, or employee of an organization that receives funding passed through The Washington State Department of Commerce by the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal grant programs has the right to file a discrimination complaint. Any individual who feels that they have been discriminated against may file an external complaint.

Concept Proposals

We anticipate the receipt of multiple years of Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding in the near future. All concept proposals submitted before July 30th at 5:00 p.m. will be reviewed by the JAG Advisory Committee. The next committee meeting will be held in August. Please click on the link below for concept proposal instructions.

Link to JAG Concept Solicitation

The state’s JAG application, reflecting the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, is finalized following release of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s application instructions. The application is provided for both legislative and public review, for 30 days prior to submission.

 receives funding from the JAG program to improve the functioning of the criminal justice with special emphasis on drug control, violent crime, and serious offenders. The purpose is to provide funds for programs that fall into the following categories: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and mental health programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

Please submit questions to the application coordinator via email at bill.johnston@commerce.wa.gov or by phone at 360-725-3030.

The Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Formula Grant was created in 1988 and renamed by Congress the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in 2008.

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Need help?

Bill Johnston
Program Manager
bill.johnston@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3030

Abigail Snyder
Program Manager
abigail.snyder@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-515-6205