Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program

Posted: March 19, 2021

Deadline: May 10, 2021

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

Additional Information

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) is a strategic approach to crime reduction that leverages community knowledge and expertise by focusing enforcement efforts on neighborhoods where crime is concentrated, or crime “hotspots.” The goal of the BCJI solicitation is to invest in jurisdictions with significant crime challenges that want long-term solutions, incorporating all four elements of the BCJI model. This includes programs aimed at developing or improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, including through community outreach and listening sessions, and supporting nonprofit organizations that focus on improving stressed relationships between law enforcement officers and communities.

To achieve BCJI Program objectives, the applicant must sustain an active and engaged leadership role in the successful management of a BCJI grant award. The applicant serves as a core partner and must convene, lead, and engage a broad cross-sector partnership team that includes law enforcement, other criminal justice partners, neighborhood residents, and relevant community stakeholders. The cross-sector partnership team should have the capacity to conduct the necessary research and data analysis activities described throughout this grant announcement.

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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