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. 

  • Applications are now being accepted. Please review the following information before completing the application. 

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

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2021.

Submit the completed application by email to Applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM (central time) on August 31, 2021. Late applications will not be considered. 

This is a reimbursement-based grant. Submitted expenses must be supported by complete and detailed documentation. Quarterly financial and progress reports are required. Reimbursement may be withheld if reporting is not complete. The grant manager may conduct a site visit or desk review during the award period.

Application/Award Timeline

  • July 2021: Notice of funding availability is made
  • August 2021: Applications deadline
  • September 2021: North Dakota Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board meets to award funds
  • October 2021: Award and denial letters are distributed to applicants
  • January 2022: PSN projects commence
  • December 2022: Funding award ends.

Length of Award

The grant award commences January 1, 2022 and continues through December 31, 2022. 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.

Technical Assistance

If you require any assistance regarding the grant application process, please call 701-328-2210 and ask for the grants management section.