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     September 18- Justice Department webinar on reporting requirements aired
     September 4- Webinar on justice programs reporting requirements Sept. 10
     August 13- Stay tuned for Byrne JAG indirect grant disbursement
     August 13- Governor uses $109 million in ARRA funding to help close FY09 shortfall
     July 30-COPS funding coming to Virginia localities
     July 14- COPS post-application FAQ document published
     July 14- COPS community policing resources package
     July 9- Byrne JAG indirect grant update
     July 6- Reminder: Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSC) due July 10
     June 10- Deadline approaching for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants
     June 4- Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSC) application
     May 29- FEMA issues guidance on Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSC)
     May 29- $150 million available for Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)
     May 29- FEMA issues guidance on Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)
     May 29- Status update for COPS Hiring Recovery Program
     May 29- National Airport eligible for TSA Advanced Surveillance Program
     April 30- Pending public safety deadlines; Byrne formula, sexual assault program and
      crime victim grants

     April 29- Virginia to receive victim assistance and compensation funds
     April 8- FEMA to issue guidance on ARRA grants this summer
     April 6- Deadline for applying for COPS Hiring Recovery Program April 14
     March 31- Deadline extended for transitional housing grants
     March 27- Department of Justice application deadlines approach
   March 24- Comprehensive listing of federal grant opportunities
   March 20- STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program seeks applications
   March 20- Applications being solicited for Byrne competitive grants and grants for rural
    law enforcement
   March 18- Public Safety-Byrne JAG grant update
   March 16- COPS program now accepting online grant applications
   March 13- Crime victim assistance grants
   March 6- Public safety: Byrne grant solicitations posted
   March 4- Byrne JAG grant allocations posted
   March 4- Office for Victims of Crime applications due by March 17th
   March 3- $4 billion in grants available through U.S. Department of Justice
September 18- Justice Department webinar on reporting requirements aired

        The U. S. Department of Justice hosted a webinar on Sept. 10 on the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) Section 1512 reporting requirements. The webinar
provided supplemental information to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) existing
guidance on recipient reporting and the central reporting solution. The webinar is posted on the
department’s web site. Key areas covered include how to calculate and report data on job
creation and retention resulting from grant projects and activities.

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September 4- Webinar on justice programs reporting requirements Sept. 10

       A web-based session focusing on reporting requirements for U.S. Department of Justice
programs funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will be held
Thursday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. EDT. You must pre-register to participate.

       The webinar will focus on reporting requirements and procedures for ARRA-funded
programs in the Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence against Women, and the Office
of Community Policing Services (COPS). Among the topics to be addressed are the following:

      A comprehensive overview of existing reporting guidance from the Office of
       Management and Budget (OMB);
      Advice on calculating and reporting data on job creation and retention resulting from
       grant projects and activities; and
      Questions or concerns regarding the central reporting site, www.FederalReporting.gov.

   To register for the program, go to:

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e2jv27s5fxoqsltu/a01kofz1o21zz/questions

       If you still have trouble accessing the registration page, following is a link to the webinar
information on the Office of Justice Programs website:

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/recovery/rawebinar.htm

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August 13- Stay tuned for Byrne JAG indirect grant disbursement

        Smaller localities that are eligible for Byrne JAG grants of less than $10,000 receive their
funding through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). It was
anticipated that the formula grants (indirect awards) of less than $10,000 would be disbursed to
eligible localities in July. DCJS has told VML that awards have not yet gone out because of a
delay in receiving federal information regarding ARRA reporting requirements. DCJS hopes to
have the awards and reporting requirements out to localities within the next couple of weeks.
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August 13- Governor uses $109 million in ARRA funding to help close FY09
shortfall

        Compensation Board Executive Director Robyn DeSocio has notified city and county
managers, and jail authority directors, that $109 million in prior expenditures from state
reimbursements paid to local governments and regional jail authorities were transferred from the
state general fund account to federal stimulus funds to achieve general fund savings. Gov. Tim
Kaine used the $109 million in funds from the flexible portion of the State Fiscal Stabilization
Funds to pay for state reimbursement of expenses for monthly payroll and expense amounts for
sheriffs’ offices and jail authorities. DeSocio notes in her letter of Aug. 12 that the detailed
information in the database will be used to report on the number of positions covered by federal
stimulus funds to meet the federal quarterly reporting requirements of the ARRA. DeSocio first
announced the transfer in a July 22 letter.

         This transfer creates at least two problems affecting local governments:
First, local governments now have to take steps retroactively to comply with the extensive
reporting requirements for use of stimulus funds. This could cause complications during the
auditing process as well. Second, now the FY2010 is short another $109 million.

       Virginia Secretary of Finance Ric Brown is likely to be questioned about the transfer
during his presentation to the House and Senate budget and finance committees on Aug. 19

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July 30 COPS funding coming to Virginia localities

         A total of $5.1 million is coming to Virginia communities in COPS ARRA grants. These
grant funds will provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for
three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions. The Virginia grants are part of a
total of $1 billion in COPS grants are being offered to local law enforcement agencies across the
United States.

       The Virginia agencies receiving funds are:

       City of Emporia                       $ 143,205
       Hopewell Bureau of Police             $ 490,560
       City of Manassas                      $ 766,912
       City of Norfolk                       $1,316,232
       Petersburg Police Bureau              $ 814,800
       Richmond Housing Authority            $ 166,503
       City of Roanoke                       $ 747,175
       City of Winchester                    $ 682,076

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July 14- COPS post-application FAQ document published

        For those communities that applied under the Community Oriented Policing Services
(COPS) Hiring Recovery Program, the U.S. Department of Justice has published a post-
application document with frequently-asked questions (FAQ). This document is available at
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item-2193 .

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July 14- COPS community policing resources package

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) at the U.S. Department of Justice has
published a series of resource documents about the topic of community policing. While geared
primarily to the law enforcement community, the documents may be helpful to anyone interested
in learning more about community policing.

The documents may be ordered from the Department of Justice (202/514-9079), or found by
searching through the Department’s on-line Resource Information Center
(http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/), or via e-mail at COPS.Mail@usdoj.gov.

The documents include:

Community Policing Defined – describes the range of processes and systems that help law
enforcement implement community policing through organizational transformation, partnerships,
and active problem-solving.

Advancing Community Policing – provides an effective method to increase community
policing; shows how an agency can increase community involvement in a more organized and
transparent way; introduces the philosophical approach to policing called “community
governance” as a way to strengthen community policing.

Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement – addresses the
current problems regarding the language divide in the U.S., and offers practical methods for
solving these problems; looks at several different methods used by different agencies to provide
a comprehensive outline of how to overcome language divides.

Community Policing: Looking to Tomorrow – based on a series of discussions from across
the country, where law enforcement leaders share their views on community policing; provides
views regarding current problems facing law enforcement, summarizes their predictions for the
future of law enforcement, and ways to strengthen community policing.

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July 9- Byrne JAG indirect grant update
        Smaller localities that are eligible for Byrne JAG grants of less than $10,000 receive their
funding through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). (Larger localities
receive funds directly through the U.S. Department of Justice). DCJS has told VML that it will
be disbursing these smaller grants (called “indirect grants”) later in July. Localities eligible for
the formula grants (indirect awards) of less than $10,000 will be instructed to send DCJS basic
information about how the money is going to be spent. JAG funds may be used for technical
assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, information systems for
criminal justice, and criminal justice-related research and evaluation activities that will improve
or enhance law enforcement and criminal justice programs.

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July 6- Reminder: Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSC) due July 10

        Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for firehouse construction are
due July 10. Eligible applicants for FSC are limited to non-federal fire departments and state and
local governments that fund/operate fire departments. The maximum award is $15 million with
a $5 million funding limitation on each project within an application.

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June 10- Deadline approaching for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants

        The U.S. Department of Justice has asked that we remind local governments that the
deadline for grant applications for direct Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) through formula
funding under ARRA is approaching. All grants applications must be submitted by June 17,
2009.
        A complete list of all localities eligible for the Byrne JAG formula grants is available at
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryJAG/recoveryallocations.html. The Byrne JAG
application may be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryJAG/JAGrecoveryLocal.pdf

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June 4- Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSC) application

        The Virginia Department of Fire Programs has sent out information on the FSC grant to
all Virginia fire departments. The grants will be administered though FEMA in coordination
with the U.S. Fire Administration’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Office. The
AFG office will use an established e-grant process that is employed for all other grant
opportunities with AFG. The automated e-grant application is expected to be available the week
of June 8.

        A tutorial is expected to be made available on the firegrantsupport.com
website. The tutorial will provide information on the preparation and submission of grants as
well as an overview of funding priorities and evaluation criteria. Applicants who have questions
regarding the fire station grants program should call the help desk at 1-866-274-0960 or go to
firegrants@dhs.gov.
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May 29- FEMA issues guidance on Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSC)

         Congress appropriated $210 million in ARRA funds to implement the Fire Station
Construction Grant Program. The purpose of the FSC is to provide financial assistance directly
to fire departments on a competitive basis to build new or modify existing fire stations in order
for departments to enhance their response capability and protect the community they serve from
fire and fire-related hazards. The goal is to provide economic stimulus in the form of jobs and
increase the safety of the firefighters and the communities they serve.

       Eligible applicants for FSC are limited to non-federal fire departments and state and local
governments that fund/operate fire departments. The maximum award is $15 million with a $5
million funding limitation on each project within an application.

       The FSC application deadline is July 10, 2009. Application reviews will begin in late
August or early September. Estimates of the number of applications received will vary from a
few thousand up to 8,000. The number of awards is estimated to range between 60 and 80.

       The funding opportunity number is DHS-09-AFG-115-00R; for more information on
applying, visit http://www.fema.gov/grants or www.grants.gov.

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May 29- $150 million available for Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)

        The TSGP funds are intended to preserve and create jobs across the nation through
projects that can be implemented quickly. Of the available funding, up to $100 million will be
available for Operational Packages, and at least $50 million will be available for capital projects.
Eligible projects are categorized into three priorities:

   Priority 1a, Operational Packages: Hiring of transit law enforcement officers to enhance
    visible, unpredictable deterrence efforts in transit (K-9 teams, mobile screening teams, and
    Anti-Terrorism teams). Eligibility is based on the number of authorized sworn positions for
    transit agency police departments and law enforcement agencies with dedicated transit
    bureaus.

   Priority 1b, Support and Equipment for Operational Packages: Related support and
    equipment costs for new officers/capability

   Priority 2, Shovel Ready Capital Projects for Asset Hardening: Capital Projects including
    Multi-User High-Density Key Infrastructure Protection, Single-User High-Density Key
    Infrastructure Protection, Key Operating Asset Protection, and Other Mitigation Activities
    that can certifiably begin within 90 days of release of funds and will be completed within 24
    months from the release of funds date.
   Priority 3, Other Security Projects: Capital Projects including Multi-User High-Density
    Key Infrastructure Protection, Single-User High-Density Key Infrastructure Protection, Key
    Operating Asset Protection, and Other Mitigation Activities.

Applications for Operational Packages must be submitted by June 15, 2009 and applications
for Capital Projects must be submitted by June 29, 2009. Agencies applying for both programs
MUST submit separate applications by the respective deadlines.

     Funding numbers: Operational Packages DHS-09-GPD-113-2231 and Capital Projects
DHS-09-GPD-113-2199. For more information, visit http://www.fema.gov/grants or
www.grants.gov.

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May 29- FEMA issues guidance on Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

         The PSGP provides $150 million in ARRA grant funding to port areas for the protection
of critical port infrastructure from terrorism. PSGP funds are primarily intended to assist ports in
enhancing maritime domain awareness, enhancing risk management capabilities to prevent,
detect, respond to and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs),
weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and other non-conventional weapons, as well as training
and exercises and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) implementation.

        Seven port areas have been selected as Group I (highest risk) and forty-seven port areas
have been selected as Group II. Each Group I and Group II port area will compete for funding
identified in their corresponding Group. Ports not identified in Group I or II are eligible to apply
as an “All Other Port Areas” applicant. All port areas are allowed to receive grant funds from
their geographically proximate higher group if the project has regional impact across the entire
port area, but not from both funding groups for the same project.

         Eligibility for all grant awards is based on a systematic risk analysis that reviews and
rates eligible ports in a given area for comparative risk. The table below shows Virginia ports
that have been identified:

            Group                            Port                       FY 2009 ARRA PSPG
               II           Hampton Roads                              Compete for share of
                            Newport News                               $54,020,000
                            Norfolk Harbor
              III           Richmond                                   Compete for a share of
                                                                       $6,660,000
     All Other Port Areas   Eligible entities not located within one   Compete for share of
                            of the port areas identified above, but    $5,920,000
                            operating under an AMSP, are eligible

         Eligible Ferry     Hampton Roads                              Compete for a share of
            Systems         Jamestown Ferry                            $2,000,000
       The PSPG application deadline is June 29 and awards will be made on a competitive
basis. The funding opportunity number is DHS-09-GPD-116-2200 and for more information, visit
http://www.fema.gov/grants or www.grants.gov.

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May 29- Status update for COPS Hiring Recovery Program

       The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS
Office) has received over 7,272 applications for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program since the
April 14, 2009 application deadline. The COPS Office is now moving to the next step in the
evaluation process, which includes budget request reviews and evaluating retention requirement
information. The COPS Office will consider the total number of sworn positions being
requested by each agency and determine how best to allocate the funds available. The final
announcement of awards is anticipated to be no later than Sept. 30, 2009.
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May 29- National Airport eligible for TSA Advanced Surveillance Program

       The Transportation Security Administration has identified Ronald Reagan Washington
National Airport as one of five airports for the installation of advanced surveillance systems
using $7.8 million of ARRA funding. Closed circuit surveillance systems are an integral
component in both TSA and airport operations, providing value in terms of threat detection,
personnel and facility security, loss prevention, emergency response, risk mitigation, employee
performance, and other legal and investigative purposes. Grant applications are due June 30,
2009.

     For more information, please visit www.grants.gov – funding opportunity number:
DHS09TSA118-001.

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April 30- Pending public safety deadlines; Byrne formula, sexual assault program
and crime victim grants

May 18, 2009: deadline for eligible localities to apply with the U.S. Department of Justice for
formula Byrne JAG grants for amounts in excess of $10,000. The Virginia Department of
Criminal Justice Services will make grant awards to localities that are eligible for formula Byrne
grants of less than $10,000. DCJS has announced that it will issue these awards shortly after
July 1. Grant amounts are posted on the DCJS web site.

May 8, 2009: deadline for application for grant funds to support new positions in currently
understaffed grant funded Victim/Witness Programs. These localities are eligible to apply:

Bedford County/Bedford City                     Newport News
Chesapeake                                      Norfolk
Chesterfield County                          Portsmouth
Danville                                     Prince William County
Fairfax County                               Richmond City
Fredericksburg                               Roanoke City
Hampton                                      Roanoke County
Harrisonburg/Rockingham County               Spotsylvania County
Henrico County                               Virginia Beach

May 8, 2009, deadline for application for funding under ARRA for the Sexual Assault Grant
Program. Eligible entities include the following:
6th Court Service Unit- Family Violence Prevention Program Choices
Family Crisis Support Services
Hanover Safe Place
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Project Horizon
Response- Norfolk
SARA- Alexandria
SARA- Charlottesville
The Collins Center
The James House
The Laurel Center
Violence Intervention Program
Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley

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April 29- Virginia to receive victim assistance and compensation funds

        Late last week Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the U.S. Department of
Justice is beginning the process of awarding $100 million in Recovery Act funds to victim
assistance and compensation programs. Virginia will receive approximately $1.3 million of
those funds.
        Of the $100 million in Recovery Act funds, the Department of Justice has already begun
the process of distributing $95 million through state formula grants to victim assistance and
compensation programs. In addition to these grants, the Department will award an additional $5
million in Recovery Act discretionary funds to provide training and technical assistance and to
support demonstration programs in areas ranging from child abuse to sexual assault to victim
services in corrections later this year. State allocations can be found at:
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/recoverycvfa2009.html

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April 8- FEMA to issue guidance on ARRA grants this summer

The Department of Homeland Security March 31 report on the stimulus package states that the
Federal Emergency Management Agency will issue guidance on grants June/July 2009. Grant
applications will be considered July/August 2009, and grants will be awarded between
September and December 2009. Here are a list of FEMA programs that will receive ARRA that
are of interest to local governments (the ARRA information has not yet been posted for these
four programs):
     $150 million nationwide for transit and rail security grants
     $150 million nationwide for port security grants, no non-federal match required
     $210 million nationwide for Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) grants for firehouse
construction; maximum grant is $15 million
     All non-federal matching requirements for SAFER grants waived for FY 2009-2010
        FEMA is accepting applications for grants for its Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
Applications are due April 30.

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April 6- Deadline for applying for COPS Hiring Recovery Program April 14

         This competitive grant program provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to
create and preserve jobs and to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention
efforts. Follow the link for additional information. In addition, COPS Response Center staff will
be available April 6-10 to assist callers from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The telephone number is
1.800.421.6770; e-mail ask.COPSRC@usdoj.gov.

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March 31- Deadline extended for transitional housing grants

        The Grants Management System registration deadline for the U.S. Department of
Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Recovery Act Transitional Housing
Program has been extended until April 8, 2009.
        The OVW Transitional Housing Assistance Program Grant for Victims of Domestic
Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault Program (Transitional Housing
Assistance Program) focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to provide transitional
housing services that move individuals into permanent housing. This grant program supports
services to assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who
are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services.
        Additional information can be found at
http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/thousing_grant_desc.htm

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March 27- Department of Justice application deadlines approach

      April 14-COPS Hiring Recovery Program deadline. Follow the link to read more about
       the program and to start the application process.
      April 22-Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs. The
       purpose of the program is to improve the criminal justice system and combat crime and
       drugs in rural areas.
      April 27-Byrne competitive grant application deadline. The Byrne competitive grant
       program is to help state and local communities improve the capacity of local justice
       systems. Local governments that “support the functioning of the criminal justice system”
       are eligible to apply.
      May 4-Juvenile Accountability Block Grant program deadline for special one-timing
       funding is. The project period is from July 1, 2009, through September 30, 2009.
       Examples of allowable purchases include Electronic Monitoring/GPS equipment, testing
       supplies for drug/alcohol programs, software to enhance a direct service program,
       computers or equipment (if properly justified), assessment or evaluation services,
       consultant fees, and training or certification for staff as it relates to service delivery.
      May 14-Internet Crimes Against Children. Grants for training and technical assistance.
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March 24- Comprehensive listing of federal grant opportunities

         The Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has established a web page
listing all the recovery grants the office is administering. The site contains links and deadlines
for applications for programs such as the Byrne JAG grants, the Byrne competitive grants,
Internet crimes against children, and assistance to rural law enforcement. The latter program
should be of particular interest to smaller localities. It is aimed at localities outside of
metropolitan statistical areas and those with populations of less than 50,000 located in
metropolitan statistical areas. Independent cities with populations of less than 50,000 that are
surrounded by a county or counties with less than 50,000 in population meet the definition of
“rural.” Priority is given to localities that receive less than $50,000 from the Byrne JAG grants.

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March 20- STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program seeks
applications

        The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is offering grants to enhance offender
accountability in cases involving violence against women and to increase the availability of
victim services in such cases. Virginia will begin administering on July 1 the grant money,
which must be used for personnel costs only, either creating new jobs or preserving jobs. If
preserving jobs, documentation must be provided that the position was or would be eliminated.
The award period for this grant is 18 months (with the possibility of a 3-month no-cost
extension). There will be no continuation funding or extensions.
        Note that your entity has to be registered with the Grants Management System (GMS)
prior to your application submission. That deadline was March 13th. If you are registered, you
can apply for funding.

       There will be a VERY tight turnaround for submitting the grant application. The
guidelines will be available the first week of May and will be due two weeks later. These funds
will be administered separately from the regular V-STOP funds, so this application is NOT for
regular V-STOP funds. Those guidelines will be posted in July.

        To be eligible for funds, there must be signed cooperative agreements with the
community or state partners documenting that they are/were involved in the planning process for
the application. In addition, the required application elements include a budget, budget narrative,
goals & objectives, job descriptions, and cooperative agreements. Other elements (found in
previous V-STOP guidelines) will be eliminated or significantly abbreviated. Quarterly
reporting by the 5th calendar day after the quarter will be required, as states must combine the
information and report no later than 10 calendar days after the end of each quarter.

         The V-STOP State Team will be meeting on April 29 to develop further guidance and
priorities for both the Recovery Act and the regular V-STOP programs.

       If you have any additional questions about the grant, please contact Deb Downing,
Assistant Section Chief, Victims Services Section, STOP Violence Against Women Team,
Department of Criminal Justice Services at 804-371-8635 or
deb.downing@dcjs.virginia.gov.

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March 20- Applications being solicited for Byrne competitive grants and grants for
rural law enforcement

        The U. S. Department of Justice is soliciting applications for the Edward Byrne
Memorial Competitive Grant Program. This program was appropriated $225 million
nationwide; there does not appear to be specific allocations per state. The application deadline is
April 27, 2009. The solicitation said the grant focuses on eight areas: 1) data-driven approaches
to preventing and reducing crime; 2) providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and
parole officers; 3) reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hiring of
civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.); 5)
enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improving resources and services for
victims of crime; 7) supporting problem-solving courts; and 8) national training and technical
assistance partnerships.
        As with the other programs under ARRA, there are significant record-keeping
requirements. The application process is through the U.S. Department of Justice, which will
make the decisions regarding the awards.
        Local governments are eligible to apply for the grants, as are states and a variety of other
entities.

        The Department of Justice also has opened the application process under its Assistance
to Rural Law Enforcement of Combat Crime and Drugs program, which received $125
million. The application deadline is April 22, 2009. USDOJ defines “rural area” as either: (i) a
jurisdiction that is not located in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA), as defined by the Office
of Management and Budget or (ii) any jurisdiction located in an MSA, but in a county or tribal
jurisdiction that has a population less than 50,000. The application notes that special rules apply
to independent cities, but those rules have not yet been posted. Priority consideration will be
given to local law enforcement agencies in rural areas where the unit of local government is not
eligible to receive a direct allocation from the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice
Assistance Grant (JAG) Program OR received a direct allocation that was $50,000 or less. Grants
are being solicited for the categories of combating rural crime, improving rural law enforcement
investigations, enhancing rural detention and jail operations, facilitating rural justice information
sharing, and training and technical assistance. Grant awards start at $50,000.
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March 18- Public Safety-Byrne JAG grant update

         The Department of Criminal Justice has posted the amounts of the grant awards for
localities eligible for Byrne JAG grants of under $10,000. DCJS will be distributing
approximately $368,335 in grants to 5 cities, 93 towns and 19 counties. Grant amounts will
range from $500 to $9,999, and are based on crime statistics. DCJS has told league staff that the
department expects to send out notices to affected localities after the start of the fiscal year.
Localities eligible to receive the grants will need to complete and complete a form to accept the
grant. JAG funds may be used for technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies,
contractual support, information systems for criminal justice, and criminal justice-related
research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance law enforcement and criminal
justice programs.
         As a reminder, localities eligible for JAG grants of more than $10,000 apply for those
directly with the U.S. Department of Justice.
         Staff contact: Mary Jo Fields (mfields@vml.org)

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March 16- COPS program now accepting online grant applications

        Starting today, March 16, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS
Office) at the U.S. Department of Justice is accepting online grant applications for the COPS
Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP). This is a competitive grant program that provides funding
directly to law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority to create and
preserve jobs and to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts.
The grant application deadline is April 14, 2009.
        As much as $1 billion in grant funding will be available for the hiring and rehiring of
career law enforcement officers. This is in addition to $2.76 billion in grants for preventing and
controlling crime and $225 million to combat violence against women. There is no local match
requirement for CHRP, but grant funding will be based on current entry-level salary and benefits
packages, so any additional costs for higher salaries or benefits for particular individuals hired
would be the responsibility of the agency receiving the grant.
        CHRP would provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits
for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling
existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to
be laid off in the future because of local budget cuts.
        There is no cap on the number of positions an agency may request, but awards are limited
to available funding.
        Please remember that at the conclusion of the federal grant, grantees must retain all
sworn officer positions awarded under the CHRP grant. Those retained positions should be
added to the grantee’s law enforcement budget with local and state funds (if available) paying for
these positions.
        For more information about the COPS program, visit the Department of Justice website
here, including an application to apply and to determine if your agency is eligible to apply for
funding.

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March 13- Crime victim assistance grants

        Virginia will receive $1.01 million in stimulus funding for Crime Victims Assistance
Grants and $335,000 in Crime Victims Compensation Grants. In addition, $5 million in grants
will be awarded under the National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance and
Demonstration Projects (NFG) competitive grant solicitation, which is currently open.
        However, DOJ has advised that numerous changes will be made to the NFG solicitation
and that if an application for this NFG solicitation has been completed, it should not be
submitted without the changes necessary as a result of the funding source switching to the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Such changes may include information related to
performance measurements, reporting requirements and the Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance number.
        The NFG solicitation deadline has been extended from February 24, 2009, to March 24,
2009. The NFG solicitation can be accessed through the DOJ website at
http://www.ojp.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm#current
        The U.S. Department of Justice’s website now includes a fact sheet on the $100 million
in federal stimulus funding coming to crime victim programs. The fact sheet provides a short
summary of the overall funding coming to the program (not state specific), and information
about how to apply for grants. You can link to the page here or visit the Justice website at
http://www.usdoj.gov/recovery/reports.htm for more information.

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March 6- Public safety: Byrne grant solicitations posted

         The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Assistance has posted its solicitation for
local grants under the Edward Byrne Memorial (JAG) grant program. Check here to determine
eligibility. Applications are due by 8 p.m., May 18, 2009. There are detailed reporting
requirements and some restrictions on how the funds can be used. Briefly, JAG funds may be
used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies,
contractual support, information systems for criminal justice, and criminal justice-related
research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance:
     Law enforcement programs.
     Prosecution and court programs.
     Prevention and education programs.
     Corrections and community corrections programs.
     Drug treatment and enforcement programs.
     Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
     Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

        The Department also has posted its solicitation for state grants (Virginia is eligible for
$24.2 million). Local governments eligible for formula grants of less than $10,000 will need to
apply through the state, through the Department of Criminal Justice Services. An estimated
$900,000 will be available for these grants. DCJS has not yet posted any information on how to
apply for these funds. The General Assembly directed the allocation of the remaining $23.3
million in state Byrne JAG Grant funds to the Compensation Board for Sheriffs’ Offices.

Public safety: victim compensation and assistance
        Some details on funding under ARRA for victim compensation and assistance has been
posted by the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime. The state is responsible for
applying for the funding, and then distributing it. Local programs may be eligible for these funds,
which will be administered through DCJS (www.dcjs.virginia.gov/victims, for victims
assistance) and through the Criminal Injuries Compensation fund (http://www.cicf.state.va.us/,
for victims compensation).

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March 4- Byrne JAG grant allocations posted

        Updated information on state and local allocations under the Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program has been posted on the Department of Justice's web site.
Under Byrne JAG, 40 percent of funding goes directly to local governments, and 60 percent goes
to the state to distribute. It appears that the local allocations in the above link make up the 40
percent of the funding that is distributed by DOJ directly to localities.

       Byrne JAG funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can be used for a
wide range of crime prevention and law enforcement activities.

       There will be additional guidance from the Department of Justice as to how the funds can
be accessed, but the allocations will at least give you an idea about the funding possibilities so
far.

        The Department of Criminal Justice Services is the Virginia state agency responsible for
distributing the remaining 60 percent of the JAG funds. States are required to pass a percentage
of these funds through to localities; information on how much of those funds each state will be
required to pass through should be available very soon. The information may be posted on the
DCJS home page or at the Bryne grant page. We’ll keep you updated as best we can!

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March 4- Office for Victims of Crime applications due by March 17th

        The Recovery Act provides for $100 million in funding for victim compensation and
assistance. Five million dollars of the $100 million will be directed to discretionary grant
projects to make awards under the currently open National Field-Generated Training, Technical
Assistance and Demonstration Projects (NFG) competitive grant solicitation. Note that the
deadline for applications is March 17, 2009.

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March 3- $4 billion in grants available through U.S. Department of Justice

       The stimulus package contains two major sources of funding for public safety, through
the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. Funds are also available
under other parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is allocated $4 billion in grant funding.

Selected ARRA Funds Distributed Department of Justice Programs
Program          Amount Nationwide        Uses
COPS             $1 billion               Hiring, rehiring law enforcement
Edward Byrne     $2 billion               Crime prevention & control, improving justice
JAG grants       ($39.4 million-Virginia; system
                 $16 million-local)
Edward Bryne     $225 million             Improve capacity of local justice systems
Competitive
Grants
Rural law        $125 million             Drug-related crime prevention/enforcement
enforcement
Victim           $100 million             Victim & crime assistance programs; small
Compensation &                            amount for demonstration projects
Assistance
Violence Against $225 million             Curb violence against women; transitional
Women                                     housing

COPS
        The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) in the Department
of Justice announced February 17 the availability of funding under the COPS Hiring Recovery
Program (CHRP). The COPS Office will receive the funds from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 to address the personnel needs of state and local law enforcement.
Application materials are scheduled to be available before the end of March.
        CHRP is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to law enforcement
agencies having primary law enforcement authority to create and preserve jobs and to increase
their community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts. Up to $1 billion in grant funding
will be available for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers. There
is no local match requirement for CHRP, but grant funding will be based on current entry-level
salary and benefits packages and therefore any additional costs for higher salaries or benefits for
particular individuals hired will be the responsibility of the grantee agency.
         CHRP grants will provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and
benefits for 3 years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including
filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are
scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. In addition, there is no
cap on the number of positions an agency may request, but awards will be limited to available
funding.
         At the conclusion of federal funding, grantees must retain all sworn officer positions
awarded under the CHRP grant. The retained CHRP-funded position(s) should be added to the
grantee’s law enforcement budget with state and/or local funds, over and above the number of
locally-funded positions that would have existed in the absence of the grant.
         Applications for CHRP grants will be accepted only online through the COPS Office web
site. On-line applications are expected to be available before the end of March, but interested
localities may wish to review the letter from the head of the COPS program to make sure they
are as prepared as possible to participate in the application process.

Office of Justice Programs

        The biggest single piece of Department of Justice’s funding-$2 billion (nationwide)-is for
grants administered through the Office of Justice Programs under the Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program There are estimates that the Byrne-JAG allocation for
Virginia will be as much as $39.4 million, with the local share totally $16 million.
        The JAG grants have a somewhat complicated distribution system. Each state is eligible,
and can apply for, a total allocation based on population and violent crime statistics. The federal
government distributes forty percent of that allocation, in the form of grants of $10,000 or more,
to localities. The grants are formula based on population and violent crime statistics.
Information on these grants is expected to be released after March 17.
        Each state is responsible for distributing the remaining 60 percent of its total JAG
allocation. Localities eligible for formula grants for amounts of less than $10,000 apply through
the state for their grants (in Virginia, through the Department of Criminal Justice Services). Most
of the funding directed through DCJS, however, is distributed in the form of competitive grants.
Local governments are eligible to apply for those grants. Guidance on these grants is expected to
be released March 17.
        The Office of Justice Programs will administer a separate $225 million (nationwide)
Edward Byrne Competitive Grant Program. Local governments, as well as a number of other
public and private entities, are eligible to apply for these competitive grants, which can be used
to improve the capacity of local justice systems. Again, information on the application system is
expected to be available soon.
        The other pieces of the Office of Justice Program’s pie of potential interest to local
governments include $125 million for assistance for rural law enforcement to combat drug-
related crimes, $100 million grants for victim compensation and assistance, $50 million for
programs combating Internet crimes against children and $30 million for law enforcement along
the southern border and in high drug trafficking areas. Appropriations listed are national figures.
Other Department of Justice Programs
       The department also will distribute $225 million (nationwide) in grants from the Office
on Violence Against Women.

Department of Homeland Security
The Department has not yet posted any information on the programs that it will administer. The
Federal Emergency Management Agency will administer grants for:
    Fire station construction, upgrades, $210 million nationwide in discretionary grants
    Public Transportation Security Assistance, $150 million in discretionary grants
    Port security grants, $150 million in discretionary grants
    Emergency food and shelter, $100 million in discretionary grants

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March 2- Department of Interior to post program dates beginning March 3

U. S. Department of the Interior
The Department says information on its programs will be posted beginning March 3 through
www.recovery.gov. The department will administer a wide range of grants but two public safety
programs include:
Bureau of Land Management: $15 million nationwide for wildland fire management
Forest Service: $250 million nationwide for wildland fire management

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