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Establishment of a National Center on Restorative Justice

Grant to a USA Accredited IHE or Law School for a
Program that Will Teach and Train Future Judicial Leaders

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is

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01/03/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grant to a USA accredited university of higher education or a law school for a program that will teach and train future justice leaders. Funding is intended to advance criminal justice policies in the country by training the next generation of judicial leaders. The use of data and evidence in policy making and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services is strongly emphasized.

The National Center on Restorative Justice (Center) has two purposes:

  1. Educate and train next generation of juvenile and criminal justice leaders. The Center shall engage and challenge undergraduate, graduate, and law students, in conjunction with criminal justice professionals, community members, educators, and social service providers, at the state, regional, and national levels, in order to broaden their understanding of criminal justice systems and restorative approaches through a degree program, a summer-term institute, or brief courses, while encouraging access to educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.
  2. Support research focusing on how best to provide direct services to address social inequities, such as simultaneous access to substance abuse treatment and higher education.

The objective of this program is to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States through:

  1. The development of educational curriculum designed to broaden the understanding of justice systems and restorative approaches through a degree program, a summer-term institute, or brief courses, while encouraging access to educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals, and
  2. Support for research focusing on how best to provide direct services to address social inequities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187528

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One award

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The period of performance start date is February 1, 2020, for a duration of 48 months.

BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program or project was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and the progress of the work funded under the award.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to:
- Accredited universities of higher education and
- Accredited law schools.

An applicant university must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project

Pre-proposal Conference:

In an effort to assist potential applicants interested in applying for funding opportunities, BJA is hosting webinars on the overall funding process as well as on specific opportunities:
- Date/Time: December 12, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
- Speakers: Alissa Huntoon, Senior Policy Advisor; Rebecca Rose, Senior Policy Advisor; Andre Bethea, Policy Advisor; Alyse Altenburg, Policy Advisor

This webinar will help prospective applicants find funding opportunities that address their needs. In this webinar, attendees will learn the primary initiatives BJA plans to fund in 2020, eligibility requirements, and estimated funding amounts. A Q&A session will follow at the end of the webinar.

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The application deadline is January 3, 2020, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Applicants must register with and, and have a valid DUNS number prior to applying.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For assistance contact:
Elizabeth A. Griffith, BJA, Associate Deputy Director

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