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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Agencies to Address Violent Crime

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Grant Program for the Eastern District of Virginia


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Funding Source
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia: Eastern District, with preference given to Richmond, Newport News, and Norfolk

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and educational institutions for programs that help to prevent and reduce violent crime in eligible regions. Applicants are required to register in the application system prior to applying. Funding is intended to develop solutions for and respond to the most urgent violent crime problems in the community. The overall goal of this initiative is to promote safe communities across the state through the reduction of gun violence and gang activity, with a special focus on areas with increased rates of violent crime/gang activity. Three regions impacted most by violent crime will receive a funding preference—Richmond, Newport News, and Norfolk—but other cities across the Eastern District with high violent crime rates will also be considered.

The program seeks to fund projects that will enhance progress toward the below priorities. However, innovative, evidence-based projects outside of these priorities, which are aimed at reducing firearm and gang violence, will also be considered.

  1. Gun and Gang Crime Investigation/Suppression: Programs (or task forces) to focus on perpetrators of gun and gang-related crimes. This can include the illegal possession of firearms, the illegal sale of guns, or other crimes committed to benefit a “gang.” Multiagency cooperation should be demonstrated (e.g., both state and federal involvement).
  2. Firearms Analysis: Programs that should enhance and provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies that analyze firearms and ballistic evidence (including NIBIN analysis and tracing of firearms).
  3. Prevention and Reentry Programs: Programs dedicated to violent crime prevention and the identification of persons at high risk of offending (e.g., educational, faith-based, community-oriented, outreach, etc.). Programs dedicated to the successful reentry of offenders with housing, educational, and vocational partnerships. 

Allowable Expenses

  • Personnel, training as a component of an overall program, equipment, and supplies are allowable expenses. All expenditures must be related to the implementation of an actual program. This program must be defined in the program narrative sections of the application.
  • All grant-funded personnel must have a majority of their time dedicated to grant activities. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This grant announcement is open to local and state law enforcement agencies, local and state governmental entities, educational institutions, and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations located in, or serving the Eastern District of Virginia. Three regions impacted most by violent crime will receive a funding preference—Richmond, Newport News, and Norfolk—but other cities across the Eastern District with high violent crime rates will also be considered.

In addition, the following points should be noted regarding eligible applicants:
A. Police Departments, Sheriffs’ Offices, and Public Defenders’ offices are not eligible to apply directly but would be the implementing agency for the grant. A city or county would be the legal applicant/recipient and manage grant funds on behalf of the implementing department or agency.
B. A Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, for grant purposes, is funded as an office within a lead county or city.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted in the DCJS Online Grants Management System (OGMS) no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2023.

If you have not already done so, it is recommended that you register for OGMS as soon as possible as the registration process can take several days.

The CJSB will review the grant award decisions at the meeting on October 12, 2023.

This is a reimbursement grant program.

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Additional Funding Information

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Term of Contract
Grants will be awarded for a twelve (12) month period from September 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024. Grant projects that are programmatic in nature may be considered for multi-year awards.

Contact Information

Please contact the following DCJS staff for questions regarding your PSN Grant Program application:
Natasha Winfree: email or telephone (804) 659-7593, or
Tracy Matthews: email or telephone (804) 371-0635

For questions and technical assistance, contact: Please include your grant number and grant program area in the Subject line.

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

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