Justice Assistance Grant

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Justice Assistance Grant FFY 2020 Application

Application Package (PDF)

Public comment may be submitted until May 8.

Please mail comments to: 
Department of Commerce
Attn:  CSHD/OCVA/Bill Johnston
P.O. Box 42525
Olympia, WA  98504-2525
or by email to:

Please refer to the JAG 2020 Application in your subject line.



Programs selected for the Washington State Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) are chosen from concepts submitted to Commerce and recommended by the JAG Advisory Committee. Acting on the committee’s recommendations, the department then develops application packages tailored to each recommended program, and solicits applications from all eligible agencies.

Concept proposals may be submitted at any time. Proposals received up to the day before a Justice Assistance Grant Advisory Committee meeting will be forwarded to the committee for review and consideration. If you would like to submit or review submitted concept proposals, please contact: William Johnston at bill.johnston@www.commerce.wa.gov.

The state’s Justice Assistance Grant Application, reflecting the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, is finalized following release of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s application instructions (usually in late April), and provided for both legislative and public review for 30 days prior to submission.

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy and Public Safety has funding from the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Grant Program to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system with special emphasis on drug control, violent crime and serious offenders.  The purpose of this application is to provide funds for programs that fall into the following categories: law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment, planning, evaluation, and technology improvements and crime victim and witness assistance programs (excluding compensation).

Download application materials here.

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.


The program focuses on seven 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)

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 advertise and request individual project applications after the federal funding levels are refined (usually in April or early May), by both notification of known potential individual agencies, announcements in association newsletters, and if such method is not believed to have reached all eligible applications, by notices in the leading area business newspapers. Any party may also directly request to be added to the notification list.