Project Safe Neighborhoods Program

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant (PSN) Program is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime. The program's effectiveness is based on the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the US Attorney's office in each district. 

The North Dakota PSN Task Force has identified a nine county target area for the  PSN Grants: Bottineau, Dunn, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Stark, Ward, and Williams counties.

The Office of Attorney General has partnered with the ND US Attorney's Office, and is now accepting applications for grant funds.  

Eligible Program Participants

Eligible applicants include government and non-government agency programs that support the work and goals of the PSN Task Force in the nine-county target area. Grant funds can only be disbursed to a political subdivision or federally recognized Indian Tribe.

  • A "political subdivision" means any county, township, park district, school district, city, or other unit of local government which is created by statute or by the Constitution of North Dakota for local government or other public purposes.

The political subdivision (subrecipient) applies for and receives grant funds on behalf of the local agencies (the “implementing agency”).

Grant Purposes

PSN funds can be used for regional and local initiatives that support one or more of the following PSN Task Force goals:

  1. Reduce the overall instances of violent crimes in the target counties; 
  2. Identify and deter potentially dangerous hotspot crime situations;
  3. Conduct community outreach and educational campaigns and foster community efforts and programs designed to combat crime.

Eligible Uses

PSN grants may be used only for the following purposes:

  • Salary, wage, and fringe benefits of individuals supporting the PSN project
  • Overtime compensation of individuals supporting the PSN project
  • Workshops and events associated with the support of the PSN project (pending approval)
  • Travel associated with implementation and evaluation of the PSN project
  • Equipment purchased to support the execution of the PSN project
  • Printing, publication, and duplication of materials that support the PSN project

Grant Applications

Application period: August 5, 2019 – September 13, 2019

Applications may be submitted electronically to ndag@nd.gov. Electronic submission is preferred. Submissions by mail are submitted to:

North Dakota Office of Attorney General
Grants Management Section
600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 125
Bismarck, ND 58505-0040

The application deadline is 11:59 PM (central time) on September 13, 2019. Applications received or postmarked after the deadline will not be considered.

Application/Award Timeline

  • August 2019: Notice of funding availability is made
  • September 2019: Applications deadline
  • October 2019: North Dakota Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board meets to award funds
  • November 2019: Award and denial letters are distributed to applicants
  • January 2020: PSN projects commence
  • June 2021: Funding award ends

Length of Award

Grants are awarded for an 18-month period beginning January 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Continued funding cannot be guaranteed. Applicants should secure local funding so that projects may be continued after the grant ends.

Grant Funding Criteria

The following factors are considered when awarding grant funds:

  1. Overall quality of the application
  2. Demonstration of need
  3. Probability of project meeting identified goals and objectives
  4. Effect of the project.