Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
The JAG program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is the State Administering Agency for Washington’s allocation of the funds.
To ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share of JAG funds, allocation to state and local governments is based on a formula using population and crime statistics in combination with a minimum allocation. Funds are split 60/40 between state and local recipients within states.
The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with funding to support a range of program areas, including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.
JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:
- Law enforcement programs
- Prosecution and court programs
- Prevention and court programs
- Corrections and community corrections programs
- Drug treatment and programs
- Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
- Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
- Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
Washington Priorities and Process
In most years, the state’s JAG application to the federal government is finalized following the release of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s application instructions. Following federal requirements, the draft application is provided for legislative and public review 30 days before submission.
As Washington’s public safety needs evolve, Commerce periodically assesses how the distribution of JAG grant funding should be prioritized within the federal guidelines and purpose areas. This is done with the assistance of an Advisory Committee made up of members who represent a broad range of state, local, and private sector expertise in the criminal justice, social services and public health systems.
Generally, in the spring of each year, Commerce initiates a process to accept concept proposals in anticipation of JAG funding for the new federal fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) and to distribute remaining funds from previous fiscal years. Concept proposals are reviewed by the Advisory Committee, resulting in a recommendation to Commerce for funding distribution. After receiving recommendations from the JAG Advisory Committee, Commerce selects individual projects for funding within the designated program areas based on budget projections. The award of funds to individual projects follows the annual release of federal award amounts.
To receive notice of the availability of the draft application from Commerce to the Department of Justice, the concept proposal acceptance window, and Advisory Committee meetings, please sign up for our Public Safety email updates.
Civil Rights, Discrimination and Federal Grant Programs
Any Washington program or activity supported by Department of Justice funds is subject to compliance with federal civil rights discrimination laws. 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. Applicable civil rights compliance policies and procedures and a civil rights complaint form can be accessed via the links below.
Civil rights complaints may be filed directly with the Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Washington State Human Rights Commission reported to the Commerce Human Resources Managing Director by filling out the discrimination complaint form. Complaints will be forwarded to the Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights.
Public Safety Programs
- JAG Program Fact Sheet
- JAG Frequently Asked Questions (information on statutory and application requirements, prohibited expenditures, required certifications, reporting requirements, etc.)
- JAG Program Authorization: Title I of Public Law No. 90-351 (generally codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10726), including subpart 1 of part E (codified at 34 U.S.C. 10151-10158); see also 28 U.S.C. 530C (a).
- Bureau of Justice Assistance