Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program

Posted: May 26, 2021

Deadline: June 22, 2021

Grantor: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for funding a strategic approach to crime reduction that leverages community knowledge and expertise to build public trust with law enforcement and make neighborhoods safer. This program furthers the Department’s mission by leading efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address serious and violent crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that help advance broader neighborhood development goals.

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program, formerly titled “Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program,” targets distressed neighborhoods facing concentrated crime challenges, particularly serious and violent crime, composing a large proportion of crime as compared to other parts of the jurisdiction. Therefore, applying jurisdictions are strongly encouraged to coordinate with and seek the support of their local U.S. Attorney’s Office and local policymakers, and to connect BCJI programming with other violent crime and community revitalization efforts.

Eligible applicants are

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have 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

Program Contact
For assistance with any non-technical requirements of this solicitation, please contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at

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