Request for Criminal Justice Planning Division Applications
The Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor’s Office (CJD) awards over $100 million annually to statewide, regional, and local projects. Funding is from a variety of sources, both federal and state, and for a variety of specifically earmarked purposes.
How to get funded?
The Governor’s Office (CJD) publishes an RFA (Request for Applications) on its eGrants website and in the Texas Register, usually in December.
- Applications accessed via the eGrants website.
- Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) conductsmandatory workshops for all applicants interested in funds from one or more of the Request for Applications (RFA’s).
- Applicant completes application on-line and submits directly to Criminal Justice Division(CJD) via the eGrants website.
- CJD determines which applications qualify for funding, and sends those to H-GAC.
- H-GAC uses a local committee, called the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC), to review and score the applications. This provides CJD with a local voice in prioritizing which applications merit funding and which do not.
- Once approved by H-GAC’s Board of Directors, the priority list developed by the CJAC is sent to the Governor’s Office, where final decisions are made on which projects gets funded.
The current Request for Applications are:
Justice Assistance Grant Programs (DJ)
Reduces crime and improves the criminal justice system.
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – Local (JA)
Supports programs that prevent violence in and around schools and to improve the juvenile justice system and develop effective education, training, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency.
General Victim Assistance – Direct Services Programs (VA)
Provides services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process.
Violent Crimes Against Women Criminal Justice and Training Projects – Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program Solicitation (WX)
Assists in developing and strengthening effective law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to combat family violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in such cases.
Technical Assistance to Applicants
As applications become available on the Governor’s website, mandatory workshops are conducted for those agencies wishing to apply for monies under any RFA listed above. These workshops provide assistance for applicants on application procedures and conformance to fund-specific guidelines.
Individual technical assistance is provided to requesting agencies either by e-mail, telephone, in-office or on-site.
H-GAC facilitates the prioritizing of projects through the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC). Each member is qualified to review and score grant proposals submitted to CJD for funding.
For each RFA the CJAC presides over priority hearings, during which applicants must give a five-minute presentation on the merits of their proposals. After each presentation there is a question/answer session, then the application is scored.
Once the applications are scored, each is averaged and placed in a funding priority list which is submitted to H-GAC’s Board of Directors. If approved, the list is then submitted to CJD. CJD then uses the list as a criterion in making decisions as to which projects receive funding.
All applications must address a need cited in a Criminal Justice Community Plan developed by citizens of the county in which services are to be provided. H-GAC facilitates the development of these plans at the county level, which entails at least one preliminary meeting with the coordinator and several meetings with focus groups that provide details and statistics on gaps in criminal justice services experienced by the county.
Additionally, H-GAC maintains a Regional Criminal Justice Community Plan which highlights gaps in juvenile, victim, and law enforcement services for all thirteen counties within the region.