Sunday, February 10, 2008

Government Grant Program To Help With Gang Research And Programs

More specific information about this government grant programs is available as a downloadable .pdf file!

The U.S. Department of Justice provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to enhance the administration of justice and public safety. NIJ solicits applications to inform its search for the knowledge and tools to guide policy and practice. NIJ is soliciting applications for research and evaluation projects that advance the understanding and practice of gang prevention, intervention, and enforcement. At the group level, gangs vary from small local “crews” that are active for only a short period, to multigenerational gangs with local subgroups across multiple States or nations. Gangs also vary widely in terms of organizational sophistication. Across these group-level variations, gang membership continues to be one of the strongest independent predictors of serious offending at the individual level. Yet policymakers, practitioners, and researchers continue to grapple with fundamental questions about how best to prevent the onset of gang membership, assist gang-involved individuals who wish to leave the gang lifestyle, and generate lasting reductions in gang activity through enforcement or a combination of antigang strategies. Given the ongoing challenges that gangs present to States and localities across the Nation, it is especially important to provide practical knowledge to support improved antigang efforts.

All applications are due by February 20, 2008 - 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

Consistent with President George W. Bush's Executive Order #13279 and 28 C.F.R. Part 38, it is the policy of the Department of Justice that faith-based and other community organizations that statutorily qualify as eligible applicants under certain grant programs are invited and encouraged to apply for assistance awards to fund eligible grant activities. Faith based and other community organizations will be considered for awards on the same basis as other eligible applicants and, if they receive assistance awards will be treated on an equal basis with all other grantees in the administration of such awards. No eligible applicant or grantee will be discriminated for or against on the basis of its religious character or affiliation religious name, or the religious composition of its board of directors or persons working in the organization.

Faith-based organizations receiving assistance awards retain their independence and do not lose or have to modify their religious identity (for example, removing religious symbols) to receive assistance awards. Grant funds, however, may not be used to fund any inherently religious activity, such as prayer or worship. Inherently religious activity is permissible, although it cannot occur during an activity funded with grant funds; rather, such religious activity must be separate in time or place from the funded program. Further, participation in such activity by individuals receiving services must be voluntary.

If your organization is a faith-based organization that makes hiring decisions on the basis of religious belief, it may be entitled to receive Federal funds and yet maintain that hiring practice, even if the law creating the funding program contains a general ban on religious discrimination in employments. You can find out more information about this by visiting the government's website.

Cost of proposed Work - It is anticipated that up to $1,000,000 may become available for awards made through this grant program solicitation. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to any modifications or addition requirements that may be imposed by law. This grant program expects to make up to one to four awards depending on the funding available. If you propose a project that exceeds the amount of money that may be available for awards under this grant program it is recommended that you divide the project into phases, stages, or tasks so that a consideration can be made to making an award for a specific portion of the work. The grant program cannot guarantee that subsequent phases, stages, or tasks will be funded. Such additional funding depends on the grant program's resources and your satisfactory completion of each phase, stage, or task.

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