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Youth Gang Desistance/Diversion Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies to
Implement Youth Violence Reduction and Anti-Gang Programs

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

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06/24/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, IHEs, for-profits, and local, state, and tribal governments to implement youth violence reduction and anti-gang programs in regions experiencing high levels of youth gang violence. Required registrations may take several days to complete.

OJJDP is seeking proposals from applicant jurisdictions struggling with high levels of youth gang violence to implement one or more components of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model as part of a community- and data-driven desistance/diversion response to gang-related crime and violence. Under this initiative, OJJDP expects successful applicants to reduce violent crime, gangs, and youth victimization, and enhance public safety in communities through desistance/diversion opportunities for youth at risk of becoming gang involved or continuing in the gang lifestyle.

The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model is an evidence-based framework for the coordination of multiple data-driven, antigang and violence-reduction strategies to address serious, violent, and entrenched youth street gang problems. The model combines prevention, intervention, and suppression tactics that enhance enforcement initiatives to address the root causes of criminal gang activity within a community. This framework provides a mechanism to pull together disjointed or fragmented approaches into an organized plan of action. The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model is a set of five core strategies—community mobilization, opportunities provision, social intervention, suppression, and organizational change and development—that offer a comprehensive, collaborative approach designed to prevent and reduce gang violence.

These core strategies are described in more detail below:

- Community Mobilization: Involvement of local citizens, including former gang youth, community groups, and agencies; and coordination of programs and staff functions within and across agencies.
- Opportunities Provision: Development of a variety of specific education, training, and employment programs targeting gang-involved youth.
- Social Intervention: Youth-serving agencies, schools, grassroots groups, faith-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice organizations reaching out and acting as links to gang-involved youth, their families, and the conventional world and needed services.
- Suppression: Formal and informal social control procedures, including close supervision or monitoring of gang youth by agencies of the criminal justice system and also by community-based agencies, schools, and grassroots groups.
- Organizational Change and Development: Development and implementation of policies and procedures that result in the most effective use of available and potential resources, within and across agencies, to better address the gang problem.

For this solicitation, gang desistance and diversion is broadly understood as intervening with those youth who are already gang involved and assisting them with the cessation of antisocial and offending behaviors associated with gang membership/gang lifestyle. Applicant organizations are encouraged to develop and implement a variety of desistance and diversion strategies, which may include but are not limited to the following:

- Providing access for gang-involved youth to job-related education opportunities such as special educational and vocational skills and readiness training that is structured, to the extent possible, within regular schools, training programs, and mainstream job opportunities.
- Ensuring that substance abuse programming, mental health counseling, and other services for gang members are available and accessible, and are preferably located within the target community.
- Providing a variety of services that assist targeted youth (and their families) in adopting nondeviant values and in accessing programs and organizations that will meet their social, educational, vocational, and sometimes health, housing, and income needs.
- Establishing street outreach to focus on core gang youth, with special capacity to reach youth (both non-adjudicated and adjudicated) in a local community setting, with the primary focus of building an ongoing and prosocial relationship with youth and families while linking them to appropriate services.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

Under this program, OJP will, as appropriate, give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that propose projects that directly benefit federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).

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GrantWatch ID#: 185879

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Number of Grants:

Maximum number of awards OJJDP expects to make: 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award: Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date October 1, 2019
Period of performance duration 36 months


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

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

Eligible applicants that propose to provide direct services to youth must not include youth who are age 18 or older in the population they will serve. OJJDP welcomes 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).10 The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A solicitation webinar will be held on May 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET. This call will provide a detailed overview of the solicitation and allow an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions.

Preregistration is required for all participants. Register by clicking here and following the

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on June, 24, 2019

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Due to the limited time, OJJDP encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2019.

Prior to Registering in, applicants must:

- Acquire a DUNS Number (see OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM

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

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