Grant Descriptions

Federal Funding

Grant Name Description Projected NOFA Date
Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (BJAG)

BJAG grants support a broad range of state and local criminal justice initiatives critical to Maryland’s ultimate goal of safe communities. Funds are intended to reduce existing gaps in services that impact violent crime, crime victims, enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, detention, and rehabilitation.

Categories Funded: Local Law Enforcement; Prosecution and Court; Prevention and Education; Corrections; Drug Treatment; Planning, Evaluation & Technology Improvement; Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)

Eligible: State and Local Government Entities; non-profit and faith-based organizations.

June
Bullet Proof Vest Partnership (BPVP)

BPVP protects the lives of state law enforcement officers by funding new protective body armor and protective body replacements as needed.

Categories Funded: Bullet Proof Vests

Eligible: State Law Enforcement

March
Paul Coverdell Forensics Sciences Improvement (CFSI) Program

CFSI funds provide local crime laboratories and the Chief Medical Examiner's Office with the latest technology, trainings, and certifications needed to stay current and relevant in their fields.

Categories Funded: Facilities, Training, Equipment, Supplies, Certification

Eligible: Certified State and Local Forensic Sciences Laboratories

January / February
Children's Justice Act Committee (CJAC)

The Children’s Justice Act provides grants to states to improve the investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the victim.

Eligible: CJAC funds are available for State government agencies, local government agencies and private non-profit agencies.

March
Family Violence Prevention and Services Administration (FVPS)

The Maryland Domestic Violence Program is a statewide program that makes temporary shelter environments and supportive services available through a network of local domestic violence services programs. These programs provide comprehensive services to meet the specific needs of domestic violence victims and their families. Providing these services locally increases the likelihood that victims will benefit from these services and that there shall be appropriate linkages to other community based services as needed. Additionally, provision of services fosters a coordinated community approach to serving domestic violence victims that includes partnerships with law enforcement, courts, hospitals, local departments of social services and other related support agencies.

Eligible: State or local government entities, Private and non-profit organizations

March
Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG)

JABG funds are provided as block grants to programs that support crime prevention, early intervention and promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. Funds support the implementation of evidence based practices, graduated sanctions, recidivism reduction, drug court programs, treatment, and restorative justice. Funding under this program falls under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Act 2002.

Categories Funded: Juvenile Drug Courts, Treatment Services, School Safety, Day and Evening Centers, Gang Prevention, Community Conferencing.

Eligible: Local and state agencies, non-profit, for profit, faith based organizations

March
Title II Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (JJAC) - Formula Grant

Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Act, states participating in the Formula Grant Program must address juvenile delinquency prevention and system improvement efforts designed to reduce the disproportionate number of juvenile members in minority groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. This responsibility to address racial disparities in the juvenile justice system is consistent with the goals of the State Advisory Group, also known as the Juvenile Justice Planning and Review Council, and the Department of Juvenile Services. The Title II Formula Grant Program primarily supports disproportionate minority contact (DMC) initiatives to include a DMC statewide assessment, after care/re-entry programs, alternatives to detention, delinquency prevention, juvenile system improvements, and projects addressing serious crime.

Eligible: Local and state agencies, non-profit, for profit, faith based organizations, and Universities

March
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

The primary purpose of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is to enhance the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data and other scheduled listed chemical products through a centralized database administered by an authorized state agency.

Eligible: State Government Entities

No Public NOFA
Community Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness (RFPA)

The Community Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness (RFPA) program is a statewide program created to provide education, training and support services for victims, health professionals and the general public aimed at sexual violence and early intervention. This program provides financial support to the state's seventeen (17) Rape Crisis Centers for prevention, education and awareness services administered in the community. The Rape Crisis Centers provide educational seminars, hotline services, training programs for professionals, print materials and other resources to increase awareness regarding rape and sexual assault prevention. Currently, funds support 17 rape crisis programs that serve all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. The programs consist of both private and non-profit agencies as well as governmental agencies.

Eligible: Rape Crisis Centers

Late Summer / Fall
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for Sate Prisoners (RSAT)

RSAT funds support residential substance abuse treatment programs within state and local correctional and detention facilities. It encourages government agencies to adopt comprehensive approaches to substance abuse testing and treatment for offenders where they are incarcerated, plus relapse prevention and aftercare services once they are released.

Categories Funded: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Eligible: State and local government agencies

No Public NOFA
Sexual Assault Services Grant (SASP)

The Sexual Assault Services program (SASP), created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) is the first Federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (i.e., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.

Eligible: Non-profit, non-governmental, Rape Crisis Centers

February
Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (S*T*O*P) Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program (VAWA)

S*T*O*P VAWA Grant Funds are distributed throughout the state to encourage the development and strengthening of comprehensive strategies addressing intimate partner crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking crimes. VAWA supports criminal justice entities in holding offenders accountable. S*T*O*P grants, the largest portion of VAWA funding, are distributed among victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and non-profit victim service providers.

Categories Funded: Victim Services, Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Courts, Discretionary (Coalitions and Coordinating Councils.)

Eligible: State and local government entities, courts, nonprofits, nongovernmental victim services programs including faith-based and community organizations, state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions.

April
Victims of Crime Assistance Program (VOCA)

The purpose of the Crime Victim Assistance Program (VOCA) is to improve the treatment of victims of crime by providing victims with the assistance and services necessary to aid their restoration after a violent criminal act, and to support and aid them as they move through the criminal justice process. Victim assistance includes services such as crisis intervention, counseling, emergency transportation to court, temporary housing and criminal justice support and advocacy.

Categories Funded: (1) respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization; (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and (4) provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security as appropriate to their victimization.

Eligible: State Government Agencies, Local Government Agencies, Non-Profit, Non-Governmental Victim Services Programs including Faith-Based and Community Organizations.

May


State Funding

Grant Name Description Projected NOFA Date
Body Armor for Local Law Enforcement (BARM)

BARM protects the lives of local law enforcement officers by funding new protective body armor and protective body armor replacements as needed.

Categories Funded: Bullet Proof Vests

Eligible: Local Law Enforcement

April
Child Advocacy Centers (CACS)

Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-friendly facilities where child victims of abuse, neglect, and/or maltreatment may be interviewed, undergo medical examinations, and receive necessary services. Specifically, CACs are multi-disciplinary programs that offer nurturing environments in which child victims can describe traumatic events in the presence of professionals to protect children, collect reliable and admissible evidence, and prosecute offenders.

Eligible: Child Advocacy Centers

September
Community Service Grant Program (CSGP)

Community service programs provide the Judiciary with a meaningful diversionary sentencing option that places adult and juvenile non-violent offenders into practical unpaid work assignments that provide social restitution and accountability while creating tangible benefits for Maryland citizens.

Categories Funded: Personnel, Equipment

Eligible: State or local government entities.

March
Domestic Violence Program (DOMV)

The Maryland Domestic Violence Program is a statewide program that makes temporary shelter environments and supportive services available through a network of local domestic violence services programs. These programs provide comprehensive services to meet the specific needs of domestic violence victims and their families. Providing these services locally increases the likelihood that victims will benefit from these services and that there shall be appropriate linkages to other community based services as needed. Additionally, provision of services fosters a coordinated community approach to serving domestic violence victims that includes partnerships with law enforcement, courts, hospitals, local departments of social services and other related support agencies.

Eligible: State or local government entities, Private and non-profit organizations

March
Domestic Violence Unit Pilot Program (DVUP)

DVUP offers law enforcement the resources to meet District and Circuit Courts guidelines for efficient and timely serving of protective orders, reducing and minimizing the time between the issuance of ex partes and protective orders and their entry into the METERS/NCIC database.

Categories Funded: Personnel, Overtime, Equipment

Eligible: State and Local Law Enforcement

April
Gun Violence Reduction Grant (GVRG)

The Maryland Responsible Gun Safety Act of 2000 established the Cease Fire Council, chaired by the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, to assist in establishing programs designed to reduce firearms related crime.

Categories Funded: Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Training, Equipment

Eligible: State and local law enforcement and prosecutors

April
Maryland Victims of Crime Fund (MVOC)

The MVOC Fund, administered by the State Board of Victim Services under the authority of GOCCP, provides for advocacy and support services to victims of crime through the creation of new ideas and the enhancement of existing program in Maryland.

Categories Funded: Personnel, Equipment, Education

Eligible: State and local government entities, nonprofit, direct victim services providers

December
Sexual Assault / Rape Crisis Grant Program (SARC)

The Maryland Rape Crisis Program is a statewide program that makes counseling and support services available through a network of local rape crisis service programs. These programs provide comprehensive services to meet the specific needs of rape and sexual offenses and family members affected by the abuse. Having these services available on a local level increases the likelihood that victims will avail themselves of the services and that there shall be appropriate linkages to other community based services as needed. Additionally, provision of services and community education fosters a coordinated community approach to serving victims of rape and sexual assault that includes partnerships with law enforcement, courts, hospitals, local departments of social services and other related support agencies.

Eligible: Public or private non-profit organizations

March
State Aid for Police Protection Funds (SAPP)

The State Aid for Police Protection Fund is a formula-driven funding program used to supplement resources for police protection in our local communities. State funds provide additional revenue to support the operational costs of local and county police agencies. Funds are distributed based on a formula derived through a subdivision's population, number of police officers in the agency, and the total jurisdictional taxable income. Annual fund distributions are calculated according to the previous year's operations costs.

September
School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund (SBSE)

The School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund is a special non-lapsing fund that provides $600,000 annually to law enforcement agencies in order to address the problem of drivers illegally passing stopped school busses. Grants are awarded to law enforcement agencies to provide overtime pay for officers who patrol roads, specifically monitoring driver behavior near school busses.

Eligible: State and Local Law Enforcement

April
Sex Offender and Compliance Enforcement (SOCM)

SOCEM assists law enforcement agencies in their duties of sex offenders registration, compliance verification, and enforcement for the Maryland Sex Offender Registry (SOR).

Eligible: State and Local Law Enforcement

March
Office of the Governor