About the Program
The Community Prevention Grants Program–established in the 1992 reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974is a Federal grants program to fund collaborative, community-based delinquency prevention efforts. The Community Prevention Grants Program integrates six fundamental principlescomprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches, research foundation for planning, community control and decisionmaking, leveraging of resources and systems, evaluation to monitor program progress and effectiveness, and a long-term perspectivethat combine to form a strategic approach to reducing juvenile delinquency. The program provides communities with funding and a guiding framework for developing and implementing comprehensive juvenile delinquency prevention plans. The 3-year prevention plans are designed to reduce risk factors associated with juvenile delinquency and decrease the incidence of juvenile problem behavior.
Eligibility and Guides
OJJDP allocates funds to qualifying states based on the number of juveniles below the age of criminal responsibility. Units of local government (city, county, township, or other political subdivision) can apply to their states, which award Community Prevention Grants Program funds through a competitive process. Programs may be funded in 12-month increments for up to 3 years.
Training and Technical Assistance
To help applicants gain the knowledge they need to compete for grants, OJJDP offers training and technical assistance. The focus is on sound and comprehensive prevention strategies.
The national evaluation is intended to examine the viability and effectiveness of the delinquency prevention model developed and implemented under the Community Prevention Grants Program.
Find contact information for State Community Prevention Grants Program Coordinators. Juvenile Justice Specialists, and others.
Review relevant congressional reports and publications.
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