Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Grant Program

Overview

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The Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Grant Program is a funding opportunity offered through the Office of Adult and Juvenile Assistance (OAJJA) for fiscal year 2023.

The goal of the Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Grant Program is to allow the department and local governments to evaluate and design safer streets and neighborhood models that discourage crime, revitalize community image, and establish place-specific crime prevention strategies that account for geographic, cultural, economic, and social characteristics of the target areas. 

Resource:  SB22-001 Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Utilizing Design Management Strategies

Project Application: CLOSED October 19, 2022

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About the Funding Agency

The mission of the Division of Criminal Justice is to improve the public safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims, and the effectiveness of services to offenders. We accomplish this by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs, and administering grants.

Program Description

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Purpose of the Funds

To award grant funding to eligible recipients for the evaluation of and design of safer streets and neighborhood models that discourage crime, revitalize community image, and establish place-specific crime prevention strategies that account for geographic, cultural, economic, and social characteristics of the target areas.  

Resource: SB22-001

Statutory Authority

C.R.S. 24-33.5-117. Crime prevention through safer streets grant program

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Eligible Activities

The grant may be used for improvements designed to decrease the incidence of crime and create safer streets.  Such improvements may include:

  • Better lighting
  • Improved trash collection
  • Access control
  • Territorial reinforcement
  • Improved space management
  • Other improvements designed to decrease the incidence of crime and create safer streets

Required Application Components

All grant applications must address all of the following:

  • The target area and crime challenge the applicant hopes to address
  • Data regarding the incidence of crime in the target area, disaggregated by the type of crime, and demographic data
  • The specific projects the grant would fund
  • Measurable or observable goals to decrease the incidence of crime, disaggregated by the type of crime
  • Details on how the applicant has collaborated with communities and other agencies in developing the improvements to be funded under the application
  • Details on how the plan would prevent the displacement of homeless populations and harm to communities of color and vulnerable populations

Technical Assistance

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Technical Assistance Available

General technical assistance via webinars will be offered to all grantees through webinars, office hours, and other means.

The Division of Criminal Justice may provide technical assistance to interested agencies subject to available appropriations, the scope of the request, and feasibility within the timeline provided. 

For questions regarding technical assistance, contact Jack Reed

Funding Details

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Amount Available

$10,145,393

Award period

January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

Match

Match is not a requirement for this funding.

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Exclusions and Limitations

Money from the grant award may not be used for the following:

  • Hiring law enforcement or code enforcement personnel or peace officers
  • Facial recognition purposes
  • Surveillance programs that utilize networks of sensors to detect gunshots, commonly referred to as a “ShotSpotter” program

Eligibility

Eligible grant recipients include:

  • Local governmental agencies 
  • Local governmental agencies that partner with a community-based nonprofit organization
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Evaluation

The Advisory Committee will evaluate applications on the following criteria:

  • Ability to demonstrate areas where crime is more prevalent.
  • Measurable or observable goals to decrease the incidence of crime
  • Sufficient consultation and collaboration with the relevant impacted community where a project would take place
  • Sufficient indication of community support for the projects included in the grant application.
  • Plan to prevent the displacement of homeless populations and harm to communities of color and vulnerable populations

The Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Advisory Committee will meet and make funding recommendations in mid-late November. 

Applications that are denied funding may submit an appeal within three (3) days of notification, however, appeals may only contain clarifying information specific to the reasons noted in the denial notification and cannot contain new information.

Additional Information

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Grant Agreements

If awarded, grantees will receive additional information regarding administrative requirements.

Sample Grant Agreements 

Post Award Reporting Requirements

The grantee will be required to submit financial and programmatic reports describing how the grant funds were utilized, including data and other relevant information on performance metrics. These reports will be required quarterly and on or before August 15, 2023. Performance metrics will be outlined at the time of the award.

Program Schedule

Announcement date: September 21, 2022

Application deadline: October 19, 2022

Funding decision announced: Early November

Reconsideration/appeals deadline: Approximately 3 days following Denial Notification

Grant Agreement Issuance: Mid-Late December

Award Period: January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

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How To Apply

The Crime Prevention through Safer Streets Grant Program Announcement, Application and Application Instructions was available through Colorado’s online application system, ZoomGrants.

Project applications must be submitted on or before WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022. DCJ support ends at 5:00 PM MST.  

PROJECT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE.  

Failure to submit a complete project application may result in denial of funding.

We highly recommend applicants read all of the Application Instructions

The grant announcement, application, and instructions can be obtained in the library on ZoomGrants.

Questions

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The Division of Criminal Justice is committed to a fair and impartial competitive application process. As such, any grant programmatic application questions and answers will be posted on the FAQs website. Please check back to this website frequently so you are getting the most up-to-date information.

Questions about grant program & requirements

Anna Lopez
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, OAJJA
700 Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80215
Direct: 720-582-2091
E-mail: anna.lopez@state.co.us

Questions about ZoomGrants & Technical Support

If you experience problems or have questions about how to use ZoomGrants, please contact dcjgms@state.co.us.

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Accessibility and Accommodations

The State of Colorado is committed to providing equitable access to our services to all Coloradoans. The Division of Criminal Justice is committed to making its physical campus and digital resources accessible to everyone. The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) strives to ensure equal access to the services we provide to everyone with and without disabilities. To best meet reasonable accommodation needs for effective communication or a reasonable modification to programs, services, or activities, please contact us a week prior to the activity or event.

DCJ will make every effort to provide requested reasonable accommodations, however, failure to notify DCJ of requested accommodations at least 3 business days prior to the date of the activity or event date may result in delay or denial of the accommodation.