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OJJDP Funding Resources

Notice to OJJDP Funding Applicants Regarding SAM.gov Process Change

All OJJDP funding applicants must register with and maintain current registrations in the System for Award Management (SAM). Entities registering in SAM must submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator. The process changed on June 11, 2018 for applicants seeking Federal Assistance. Read updated FAQs to learn more about changes to the notarized letter review process and other SAM changes.

Applying for OJJDP Funding Using Grants.gov Workspace

Important Grants.gov Notice for OJJDP Funding Applicants

On December 31, 2017, Grants.gov's legacy PDF application package was retired. Grants.gov Workspace is now the standard application method. To learn more and to familiarize yourself with Workspace, read Grants.gov Workspace: Fast, Easy to Use, and Secure and watch applicant training videos developed by Grants.gov.

Learn More: Applying for OJJDP Funding Using Grants.gov Workspace

About OJJDP Funding

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) offers funding through formula and discretionary grants, cooperative agreements, and payment programs. See the annual Department of Justice Program Plan for information about funding opportunities and initiatives that OJP and its bureaus and offices intend to fund during the year.

OJJDP specifically supports awardee efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds justice-involved youth appropriately accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

Through the use of formula grants and discretionary grants, OJJDP provides funding to states, territories, localities, tribal communities and private organizations.

Discretionary Grants

OJJDP awards discretionary grants to states, units of local government, tribal jurisdictions, and private organizations to administer a variety of programs.

Formula and Block Grants

Funding through formula and block grants is available to states and territories through the state agency designated by the governor. Juvenile Justice Specialists in each state administer the funding through subgrants to units of local government, private agencies, and American Indian/Alaska Native jurisdictions for programs in accordance with legislative requirements.

See Distribution of Juvenile Justice Formula Grants by State for details on funds awarded to the states through formula grants.

Current Funding Opportunities

Connect with OJJDPTo review funding opportunities that are available from OJJDP, visit our Funding Opportunities page. Information on funding opportunities from other OJP components is available on the OJP website. For information on additional federal funding opportunities visit the Other Federal Funding Opportunities page.

Stay connected with OJJDP to receive notices of new funding opportunities as they become available.

Applying for Grants

Access OJP Grants 101 for a step-by-step tutorial on the grant process designed to help prospective grantees prepare more effective applications. Learn more about applying through OJP's Grants Management System or Grants.gov. Access successful OJJDP 2009 applications which have been made available to download.

See these infographics for a visual overview of thesteps before you applyandthe steps when applying for federal grants.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Before You Apply

What do I need to do before I apply for a grant?

Organizations must register for Grants.gov or OJP Grants Management System (GMS) (see solicitation for appropriate system).


What is a DUNS number and how can one be acquired?

In general, the Office of Management and Budget requires that all applicants (other than individuals) for federal funds include a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in their applications for a new award or a supplement to an existing award. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and differentiating entities (for example, agencies, businesses, nonprofits) receiving federal funds. The identifier is used for tracking purposes and validating address and point of contact information for federal assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. The DUNS number will be used throughout the grant life cycle. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity.

To obtain a DUNS number, call Dun & Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 or apply on the Dun & Bradstreet website.

What is the System for Award Management (SAM), and how do I register?

The System for Award Management (SAM) replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients.

Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status. If you are a new entity registering in SAM or an existing entity that needs to update or renew your SAM registration, you must submit an original, signed notarized letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail appointing the authorized Entity Administrator. 

Read the alert at https://www.sam.gov to learn more about what is required in the notarized letter. Access notarized letter template instructions for domestic entities at the Federal Service Desk.

Effective June 29, 2018, when you go to SAM.gov and log in, you will be asked to create a Login.gov user account. Your current SAM.gov username and password will no longer work. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at https://www.gsa.gov/samupdate to learn more about changes to the SAM.gov login process.

How long does it take to register in Grants.gov or set up an account in the OJP Grants Management System?

  • Grants.gov: Before you can register as an organization applicant with Grants.gov, you will need to obtain a DUNS number and complete registration in SAM. The process can take up to 4 weeks. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to Grants.gov can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible. See Get Registered on Grants.gov for details and instructions.
  • OJP Grants Management System: The registration process can take between 3 and 5 days to complete. You should begin the application process as soon as possible, especially if you are a first-time user. For assistance with the electronic application process, contact the GMS toll-free hotline at 888-549-9901. The hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday.


How do I get a Grants.gov username and password?

Information about the registration process for organizations and other entities can be found at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.


How do I apply for a funding opportunity through Grants.gov?

Applicants submit applications through Grants.gov, a "one-stop storefront" to find funding opportunities and apply for funding. See Grants.gov for complete instructions on how to register and submit an application.


How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a funding opportunity?

Please refer to the title page of the solicitation under the section labeled "Eligibility".


How do I learn about new OJJDP funding opportunities?

Stay connected with OJJDP to receive notices of new funding opportunities as they become available.


What is an AOR?

For more information about the registration process for organizations and other entities, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html.


What is an E-Biz POC and a MPIN?

The E-Biz POC at the applicant organization must log into Grants.gov to confirm the applicant organization's AOR. The E-Biz POC will need the Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) password obtained when registering with SAM to complete this step. This step must occur prior to submitting the application.


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Develop an Application

Who do I contact for assistance with general questions about the requirements of the solicitation?

Contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center at 800-851-3420 (toll-free) or 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing impaired), through e-mail at grants@ncjrs.gov, or by Web Chat. The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on solicitation due dates.


What Information is included in the program narrative page limit?

Please visit the "Application and Submission Information" section of the solicitation to review the "Program Narrative" section, as the page length and other requirements may vary by solicitation. However, generally, the program narrative should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins on pages that are 8 by 11 inches, while using a standard 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman). Pages should also be numbered (example: "1 of 30," etc.). Items such as tables, charts, pictures (including all captions, legends, keys, subtext, etc.), may be single-spaced, and will count in the page limit.

Please note, documents required under the "Project Abstract," "Budget and Budget Narrative," and "Other Attachments" sections will not count toward the program narrative page count.

If the program narrative fails to comply with these length-related restrictions, OJJDP may consider the application to be noncompliant in peer review and final award decisions.

Is there a budget format or sample that is available?

See the Budget Detail Worksheet. When using this form, you must also include a budget narrative, in Microsoft Word or PDF format, as a separate attachment.

Is there a logic model sample available?

A sample logic model can be found here.

Is there a timeline sample that is available?

A sample timeline can be found here.

In my application, do I need to address all performance measures listed in this specific solicitation?

No. The application should describe the applicant's plan for collection of all of the performance measures data listed in the table below under "Data Recipient Provides," should it receive funding.

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About the Budget

How do I learn more about allowable and unallowable costs?

For more information on allowable and unallowable costs, please review the solicitation and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide. Interpretations or clarification on the Financial Guide can be addressed to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer's Customer Service Center at 800-458-0786.


Is there a budget format or sample that is available?

A sample Budget Detail Worksheet can be found here. An applicant that submits its budget in a different format should use the budget categories listed in the sample budget worksheet. Additionally, the Budget Detail Worksheet should include a year by year breakdown of all proposed costs.

How much detail is required in our budget?

Applicants should provide a budget that (1) is complete, allowable, and cost-effective in relation to the proposed activities; (2) shows the cost calculations demonstrating how they arrived at the total amount requested; and (3) provides a brief supporting narrative to link costs with project activities. The budget should cover the entire award period.

Can the Budget Narrative and Budget Detail Worksheet be combined?

An applicant may combine the Budget Narrative and the Budget Detail Worksheet in one document. However, if an applicant submits only one budget document, it must contain both narrative and detail information. Review the Note on File Names and File Types section under the How To Apply portion of the solicitation to be sure applications are submitted in permitted formats.

What should be included in the Budget Detail Worksheet?

Your Budget Detail Worksheet should clearly present a breakdown of costs associated with each of nine budget categories. Itemize where necessary. For more detail on what is required, reference the specific solicitation. OJJDP expects applicants to provide a thorough narrative for each section of the Budget Detail Worksheet. The Budget Detail Worksheet should break out costs by year.

What should be included in the Budget Narrative?

The budget narrative should thoroughly and clearly describe every category of expense listed in the Budget Detail Worksheet. OJP expects proposed budgets to be complete, cost effective, and allowable (e.g., reasonable, allocable, and necessary for project activities).

Applicants should demonstrate in their budget narrative how they will maximize cost effectiveness of award expenditures. Budget narratives should generally describe cost effectiveness in relation to potential alternatives and the goals of the project. As with the Budget Detail Worksheet, the budget narrative should describe costs by year.

Will my organization be required to submit an audit report to receive funding?

If you are a non-federal entity that expended $750,000 or more in federal funds (from all sources including pass-through sub-awards) in your organization's fiscal year (12-month turnaround reporting period), then you are required to arrange for a single organization-wide audit conducted in accordance with the provisions of Title 2 C.F.R. Subpart F ( 200.500 et seq.). Refer to DOJ Grants Financial Guide, 3.19 Audit Requirements.

Are indirect costs allowable?

Indirect costs may be charged to an award only if:

(a) The recipient has a current (i.e., unexpired), federally approved indirect cost rate; or

(b) The recipient is eligible to use, and elects to use, the de minimis indirect cost rate described in the Part 200 Uniform Requirements, as set out at 2 C.F.R. 200.414(f).

An applicant with a current (that is, unexpired) federally approved indirect cost rate must attach a copy of the indirect cost rate agreement to the application. An applicant that does not have a current federally approved rate may request one through its cognizant federal agency, which will review all documentation and approve a rate for the applicant entity, or, if the applicant's accounting system permits, applicants may propose to allocate costs in the direct cost categories.

For assistance with identifying the appropriate cognizant federal agency for indirect costs, contact the Customer Service Center at 800-458-0786 or at ask.ocfo@usdoj.gov. If DOJ is the cognizant federal agency, an applicant may obtain information needed to submit an indirect cost rate proposal at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/Apply/Resources/IndirectCosts.pdf.

Certain OJP recipients have the option of electing to use the de minimis indirect cost rate. An applicant eligible to use the de minimis rate and that wishes to use the de minimis rate should attach written documentation to the application that advises OJP of both (1) the applicant's eligibility to use the de minimis rate and (2) the applicant's election to do so. If an eligible applicant elects the de minimis rate, costs must be consistently charged as either indirect or direct costs, but may not be double charged or inconsistently charged as both. The de minimis rate may no longer be used once an approved federally negotiated indirect cost rate is in place. (No entity that ever has had a federally approved negotiated indirect cost rate is eligible to use the de minimis rate.)

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Submit an Application

I am experiencing unforeseen technical issues submitting my application to Grants.gov. Who should I contact?

For Applicant Support with Grants.gov, please call Grants.gov at 800-518-4726 or send an e-mail to them at Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline.


Who do I contact for assistance with Grants Management System (GMS)?

Information on GMS Training and Technical Assistance can be found on the OJP website at https://ojp.gov/training/gms.htm. You may also contact the GMS Help Desk at 202-514-2024.

Where do I find instructions for filling out the SF-424?

Instructions for filling out the SF-424 can be found on Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/form-instructions.html.

Can I submit a paper version via U.S. mail instead of an electronic application through the Grants.gov or GMS system?

No. Applicants must submit their application electronically. OJJDP will not accept paper submissions.

How many files or attachments do I attach to my application package?

The number of attachments varies by solicitation. Please check your application package against the Application Checklist at the end of the solicitation to ensure you have all required documentation. Please note, Grants.gov's Workspace has two types of attachments listed in their application package: "mandatory" and "optional". Workspace requires the attachments to be uploaded to the correct corresponding location. Watch this training video for more details about uploading mandatory and optional attachments in Workspace.

How do I submit my application?

Most applications must be submitted via Grants.gov. Some solicitations require that the application is submitted via the OJP Grants Management System (GMS). Please note, if the application is to be submitted via OJP GMS, each application requires a separate GMS registration.

I am experiencing unforeseen technical issues submitting my application to Grants.gov who should I contact?

An applicant that experiences unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues—beyond the applicant's control—which prevent the applicant from submitting the application by the deadline may contact Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline or the SAM Help Desk (Federal Service Desk) to report the technical issue and receive a tracking number. The applicant may email the Response Center at grants@ncjrs.gov page within 24 hours after the application deadline to request approval to submit its application after the deadline. The applicant's email must describe the technical difficulties, and must include a timeline of the applicant's submission efforts, the complete grant application, the applicant's DUNS number, and any Grants.gov Help Desk or SAM tracking number(s).

Note: OJP does not automatically approve requests to submit a late application. After OJP reviews the applicant's request, and contacts the Grants.gov or SAM Help Desk to verify the reported technical issues, OJP will inform the applicant whether the request to submit a late application has been approved or denied. If OJP determines that the untimely application submission was due to the applicant's failure to follow all required procedures, OJP will deny the applicant's request to submit its application.

The following conditions generally are insufficient to justify late submissions:

  • Failure to register in SAM or Grants.gov in sufficient time. (SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. The information transfer from SAM to Grants.gov can take up to 48 hours.)
  • Failure to follow Grants.gov instructions on how to register and apply as posted on its website.
  • Failure to follow each instruction in the OJP solicitation.
  • Technical issues with the applicant's computer or information technology environment, such as issues with firewalls or browser incompatibility.
  • Notifications regarding known technical problems with Grants.gov, if any, are posted at the top of the OJP Funding Resource Center webpage.
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Award Notification and Post Award

How can I learn more about the lifecycle of a grant award audit?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits of DOJ grant awards to ensure award recipients are complying with applicable statutes and are accomplishing the goals of the awards. View the OIG’s 5-part Grant Award Audit Process Webinar Series to learn more.


How does the review and awarding process work?

OJP is committed to ensuring a fair and open process for making awards. OJJDP reviews the application to make sure that the information presented is reasonable, understandable, measurable, and achievable, as well as consistent with the solicitation.

Peer reviewers will review the applications submitted under this solicitation that meet basic minimum requirements. For purposes of assessing whether an application meets basic minimum requirements and should proceed to further consideration, OJP screens applications for compliance with those requirements. Although specific requirements may vary, a list of common requirements applicable to all solicitations for funding under OJP programs may be viewed in Section E. Application Review Information of the solicitation.

All final award decisions will be made by the Assistant Attorney General, (the OJJDP Administrator will make final award decisions over the research awards), who may take into account not only peer review ratings, but also other factors as indicated in Section E. Application Review Information of the solicitation.


Can I track the status of my application?

To prevent compromising the integrity of the competitive review process, OJJDP will not discuss details regarding the status of your applications until all awards have been made to grant recipients. It is anticipated that FY 2018 awards will be made no later than September 30, 2018.

How will I be notified if my agency is selected to receive an award?

Both the point of contact and the authorizing official listed on the grant application will receive an e-mail award notification, which will provide further information on procedures for receiving funds. Applicants receiving an FY 2018 award will be notified by September 30, 2018.

How will I be notified if my agency is not selected to receive an award?

Both the point of contact and the authorizing official listed on the grant application will receive an email notification and a summary of the peer review comments by October 30, 2018.

If I receive an award, what are the reporting requirements?

If you are awarded funding, you will be required to submit several reports and other documentation. Please refer to the solicitation, Section F. Federal Award Administration Information, General Information About Post-Federal Award Reporting Requirements for additional information.

Where can I find information on past awards?

To find information on grants OJP awarded in previous years, visit the OJP Award Data web page.

Grant Awards and Past Solicitations

Grant Awards

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In fiscal year (FY) 2017, OJJDP awarded more than $253 million in grants, including $218,590,831 in discretionary funding.

Details about awards made under previous OJJDP solicitations, including funding amounts and awardee names and locations, are accessible on the following pages:

Also see Distribution of Juvenile Justice Formula Grants by State for details on the amount of funds awarded to the states through FY 2012-FY 2017 formula grants.

Access the OJP Award Data web page to search OJP award data in several formats, including by location.

Past Solicitations

Past solicitations from OJJDP and other OJP components may be found in the following archives:

Applicant Resources

The following contacts are available to help as you navigate through the OJJDP funding process and work to submit your application:

NCJRS Response Center
800-851-3420 | 301-240-6310 (TTY)
Email | Web Chat

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline
800-518-4726 | Email

GMS Help Desk
202-514-2024 | Email

General Inquiries

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center is available to provide assistance with questions associated with OJJDP solicitation requirements. Response Center assistance is available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET. However, on solicitation due dates, Response Center hours are extended until 8 p.m. ET.

Grants.gov Assistance

The Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for federal holidays.

Grants Management System Guidance

The Grants Management System (GMS) Help Desk is available from 6 a.m.-midnight ET, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.