Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and Lottery Funds

The Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.  JAG blends the previous Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) Programs.  

Lottery Funds are only available to the multi-jurisdictional narcotics task forces. These funds are awarded in conjunction with the annual JAG awards. 

  • Applications for JAG/Lottery funding for calendar year 2018 are now being accepted.  Please review the following information before downloading the application. 

Eligible Program Participants

Grant funds can be disbursed only to a state agency or local unit of government.

  • A unit of local government is any city, county, or other political subdivision of a state and includes an Indian tribe that performs law enforcement functions as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

The state or unit of local government (grantee) applies for and receives grant funds on behalf of the local criminal justice agencies or court (the “implementing agency”).

  • Grant funds cannot be awarded to non-government victim/witness assistance programs and domestic violence programs, but a grantee may contract for services from such an organization. 

Authorized Uses 

JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Prevention/Education
  • Corrections/Community Corrections
  • Drug Treatment
  • Prosecution/Courts
  • Planning/Evaluation/Technology Improvement
  • Crime Victim and Witness Programs (other than victim/witness compensation)

Prohibited Uses

Grant funds cannot be used to supplant state and local funds.  In addition, 

  • JAG funds cannot be used for firearms, ammunition, canine expenses, or construction projects.
  • Lottery funds cannot be used for personnel costs or buy funds. 

Length of Award

Grants are awarded for a maximum of one year.  Continued funding cannot be guaranteed.  Applicants should secure local funding so that projects may be continued after the grant ends.

Grant Applications

Applications for Calendar Year 2018 are now being accepted. 

Applications must be postmarked no later than May 5, 2017.  Submit the completed application and all required attachments to:

Grants Management Section
ND BCI
PO Box 1054
Bismarck ND 58502-1054

Application packets must be stapled but not bound.  Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Application/Award Timeline

The JAG program and Lottery funds are awarded annually. 

  • April: Notice of funding availability is made.
  • May: Applications deadline.
  • June: North Dakota Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board meets to award funds.
  • July: Award and denial letters are distributed to applicants.
  • January: JAG/Lottery annual projects commence.