DCJ Grant Programs

The Division of Criminal Justice administers the following grants. For guidance and instructions related to applying for or managing a grant please visit the Grants Guidance & Resources page.

Note: The Standard Award Cycle may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Open & On-Going Funding Opportunities

Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program (AWA)

Subawards are grant specified, this grant is not an open competitive funding opportunity.


Managing your Grant

DCJ Grant Reporting Forms

Purpose of the Funds: The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking(SMART) Support for the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA (34 U.S.C. § 20901, Title I et seq.) was enacted to protect the public by establishing a comprehensive national system of standards for the registration and notification of convicted sex offenders.

Statutory Authority: This program is authorized pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, 34 U.S.C. 20901 et seq.


The AWA program is administered by the DCJ Sex Offender Management Unit.

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) 2020

Application & instructions updated 5/5/2020, to include other sources of funding.

Updated Application Instructions

The Division of Criminal Justice Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (DCJ OAJJA) has received approximately $6.6 million in federal funding to support both state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare, and respond to the coronavirus.

Funding is available for State and Local Units of Government, such as Law Enforcement Agencies, Jails, Prisons, Detention Facilities, and other local organizations. We will also accept limited grant applications from non-profit organizations representing statewide associations of local law enforcement.  Non-profit organizations must demonstrate how the grant will address statewide priorities.  

The majority of the CESF will be made available to local units of governments and other eligible local agencies through a competitive Request for Application process developed by the DCJ. Due to the emergent nature of this funding, grant applications have been simplified and the funding process will be expedited. Funding is available retroactive to January 20, 2020, and will be available for a period of up to two years.

Priority Funding Areas 

  • Non-congregate housing for in-custody releases with no housing plan
  • Protections for incarcerated people and staff working in those areas
  • Communication and community engagement tools to improve communication between law enforcement and community
  • Systems to track and support adults and/or juveniles released or diverted from incarceration

Other Allowable Items 
To support both state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus.

  • Overtime, hiring personnel, training
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Travel expenses related to the distribution of COVID related resources 
  • Addressing the medical needs of inmates in local, jails, and detention centers
  • Addressing transitional housing needs for the criminal justice and juvenile justice population
  • Any other COVID-19 related expense.

2021-22: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022, Application Cycle: 01/06/2020 - 02/18/2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO May 26, 2020

Managing your Grant

Crime Victim Services Funds (CVS) - (2021-22 and earlier) - VOCA, VAWA, SASP, State VALE

VOCA, VAWA, SASP, and State VALE provide funds through a consolidated grant making process

  • Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women Act Fund (VAWA)
  • Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) and
  • State Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement Program (State VALE)

2021-22: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022, Application Cycle: 01/06/2020 - 02/18/2020

2019-20: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2020, Application Cycle: 01/16/2018 - 03/09/2018

2017-18: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2018, Application Cycle: 02/01/2016 - 03/01/2016


Managing your Grant


Purpose of the Funds: The consolidated funding process is designed to distribute victim services grant funds from four grant sources listed above. Funds will be allocated in accordance with state and federal requirements and the intended use of the four grant programs. Office for Victims Programs (OVP) staff will administratively determine which funding source (VOCA, VAWA, SASP, State VALE) is appropriate for funded projects in accordance with the individual grant program requirements during the grant contracting process.

Eligibility & Requirements: Eligible applicants include: units of local government, criminal justice agencies, departments of state government, non-governmental non-profit victim services agencies, Indian Tribal governments, statewide crime victim services coalitions, and non-profit agencies that provide crime victim services.


Additional information may be found on the Crime Victim Services Fund (CVS) Information Page.

The CVS program is administered by the DCJ Office for Victims Programs (OVP). 

Extraordinary VOCA Funding Opportunity (EVFO - Special Project)

This grant program is funded by the Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA)​ federal grant funds.

Application Cycle: 06/03/2019 - 06/28/2019

Grant Award Period, if awarded: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020

Applying for and Managing your Grant


Purpose of the Funds: This funding opportunity is designed to distribute victim services grant funds from the Federal Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA) Victim Assistance grant funds. All projects must provide services to crime victims, and funds will be allocated in accordance with state and federal requirements. 

Eligibility & Requirements: Eligible applicants include public organizations, including educational organizations, or non-profit organizations or a combination of such agencies that provide services to victims of crime. Agencies must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and must obtain and maintain a current registration in the SAM (System for Award Management).


Additional information may be found on the Crime Victim Services Fund (CVS) - Special Projects Information Page.

The EVFO program is administered by the DCJ Office for Victims Programs (OVP).

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) - (2020 and earlier)

The Department of Justice released both the 2018 & 2019 JAG funds. DCJ is currently distributing those funds to awarded 2018 and 2019 applicants. The JAG 2020 funding cycle date is not yet determined, and is dependent on the 2018 and 2019 roll-out of funds. Please check back for 2020 Application Announcement dates.

2019: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2020, Application Cycle: 01/02/2019 to 03/01/2019

2018: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019, Application Cycle: 01/02/2018 to 02/16/2018

2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2017 to 09/30/2018, Application Cycle: 01/03/2017 to 02/17/2017


Managing your Grant


Purpose of the Funds: The purpose of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, offered through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is to promote working partnerships between federal, state, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system.

Eligibility & Requirements: Units of government at the municipal, county, and state level, including special districts may apply. The JAG program strongly encourages partnerships, so applications may support projects involving combined teams of agencies at all levels and including non-profit organizations. However, non-profit organizations cannot apply directly for JAG funding. Non-profit organizations may participate as a team member, with the government agency assuming overall responsibility and leadership for a project.


Additional information may be found on the Colorado Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Information Page.

The JAG program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG)

The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) has not received the Federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant since 2013. At this time, DCJ does not anticipate additional funding.


Purpose of the Funds: To help states and local communities develop programs that promote greater accountability among offenders and in the juvenile justice system. For the juvenile offender, accountability means an assurance of facing individualized consequences through which he or she will be made aware of, and held responsible, for offenses committed. Funds are targeted at juveniles who are currently involved, or at imminent risk of becoming involved, in the justice system.

Eligibility & Requirements: Seventy-five percent of the funds are passed through on a non-competitive basis, for local use to units of local government (e.g., county, municipality, township, etc.), if the allocation to that unit of local government is over $10,000. Allocations are based on a formula of law enforcement expenditures and the FBI’s UCR data on Part 1 Violent Crimes. The remaining funds are overseen by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, which establishes funding priorities each fall for funding announcements. These funds are also released on a competitive basis; applicants can only include units of local government and state agencies.


The JABG program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

Juvenile Diversion Program (DV) - (2014+)

Effective 07/01/2019: Each state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), funds are allocated to each judicial district pursuant to CRS 19-2-303, based on a formula that consists of a percentage for juvenile-age population, poverty rate, and juvenile population per square mile.


Prior to 07/01/2019:

2017 - 2020: Standard Award Cycle*: 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2020, Application Cycle: 10/11/2016 to 11/10/2016

2014 - 2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 07/01/2014 to 06/30/2017, Application Cycle: 2014


Managing your Grant


Purpose of the Funds: Per Colorado Statute, the goals of diversion are to prevent further involvement of a juvenile in the formal legal system (19-2-303 C.R.S.); provide eligible juveniles with cost-effective alternatives to adjudication that require the least amount of supervision and restrictive conditions necessary; reduce recidivism and improve positive outcomes for juveniles; and ensure appropriate services are available for all juveniles. 

Juvenile diversion programs should, when possible, integrate restorative justice practices and utilize evidence-based practices to provide community-based alternatives to the formal court system for youth between the ages of 10-17, as an alternative to a petition filed or an adjudicatory hearing. Diversion programs should never deny diversion to a juvenile based on the juvenile's ability to pay, previous or current involvement with the Departments of Human or Social Services; age, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or legal representation.

Eligibility & Requirements: The Colorado Children's Code establishes units of local government and non-governmental agencies as eligible agencies to receive these state funds.

Additional information may be found on the State Juvenile Diversion Program (DV) Information Page.

The DV program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA).

Juvenile Formula/Title II (Formula)

Standard Award Cycle: Varies, Application Cycle: Varies

Emergency Funding: See the Juvenile Formula/Title II (Formula) Grant Program Information Page for information.


Managing your Grant


Purpose of the Funds: To assist communities in local efforts designed to enhance or respond to a variety of juvenile justice and delinquency issues. The fund is managed by the Governor-appointed Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council, which establishes funding priorities. The monies are used for program development, policy design, research, and other activities.

Eligibility & Requirements:  Applicants include units of local government (including law enforcement, district attorneys, and judicial districts), state agencies, and non-profit/local private community-based agencies. Non-profit/local private agency applicants must provide documentation that the program being proposed was denied full funding or was given partial funding by a unit of local government, prior to the submission of this application.


Additional information may be found on the Juvenile Formula/Title II (Formula) Grant Program Information Page.

The Formula Program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program (LEAGP)

2019: Standard Award Cycle*: TBD, Intent to Apply Due Dates: ongoing - no application or intent to apply deadline


Managing your Grant


Purpose of the Funds: The purpose of the Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program is for law enforcement agencies to apply for grants up to the amount of money that the agency can establish that it would have received except for Section 16-13-306.5 or 16-13-504.5 C.R.S. Broadly, grant money is to be used for operations and investigations, training and education, equipment and supplies, joint community-based programs, support of community based programs, or any other purpose that would have been permissible under federal equitable sharing guidelines (see the Guide to Equitable Sharing for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies). Further, grant money can be used only to supplement and not supplant money received by the applicant agency from other sources.

Eligibility & Requirements: Seizing law enforcement agencies, as defined in Section 16-13-301 (2.7), eligible for reimbursement for money that the agency would have received except for section 16-13-306.5 or 16-13-504.5 C.R.S. One application per law enforcement agency per funding year will be permitted with the exception of law enforcement agencies serving as the fiscal agent for Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces (MJTF) seeking reimbursement as individual agencies and then also as a fiscal agent of a MJTF.


The LEAGP program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

Marijuana Tax Cash Funds for Juvenile Diversion (MJ) - (2016-2020)

Effective 7/01/2020:  The Marijuana Tax Cash Funds are part of the Juvenile Diversion grant program and DCJ no longer accepts stand-along applications.  See Juvenile Diversion for more information.


    Purpose of the Funds: The purpose of the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund is to increase access to marijuana and general substance use screening, assessment, and treatment services for youth receiving services from state-funded Juvenile Diversion programs. These state funds are made available through the Colorado General Assembly, in general funds.  Authority exists in the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund as defined in the Colorado Revised Statute §39-28.8-501(1).

    Eligibility & Requirements: ONLY grantees receiving state-funded Juvenile Diversion funding for the current funding cycle are eligible to receive Marijuana Tax Cash Fund dollars. Eligible applicants include District Attorneys’ Offices and District Attorney-designated community-based organizations that have established or can demonstrate their ability to establish a method for delivery of diversion services.


    Additional information may be found on the State Juvenile Diversion Program (DV) Information Page.

    The MJ program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA).

    National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) - (2020 and earlier)

    2020: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2020 to 09/30/2021, Application Cycle: 01/06/2020 to 02/27/2020

    2019: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2019 to 09/30/2020, Application Cycle: 12/21/2018 to 02/01/2019

    2018: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2018 to 09/30/2019, Application Cycle: 12/08/2017 to 01/26/2018

    2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2017 to 09/30/2018, Application Cycle: 01/03/2017 to 02/17/2017


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    Purpose of Funds: The National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) was established in 1995 to aid states in improving the accuracy and completeness of state criminal history information.  The goal of the NCHIP program is to ensure that accurate records are available for use in law enforcement, including sex offender registry requirements, and to protect public safety and national security.
     
    Eligibility: Applicants for these funds must be member agencies of the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) Board and Working Group (Board) or designated by the CICJIS Board as critical to Colorado’s criminal history improvement efforts. 


    Additional information may be found on the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) Information Page.

    The NCHIP program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

    Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program (COV) - (2020 and earlier)

    2020: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2021 to 12/31/2021, Intent to Apply Due: 01/17/2020, Application Cycle: 01/24/2020 to 02/27/2020 

    2019: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2020, Intent to Apply Due: 01/18/2019, Application Cycle: 12/21/2018 to 02/15/2019 

    2018: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019, Application Cycle: 01/03/2018 to 02/16/2018

    2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2017 to 09/30/2018, Application Cycle: 01/03/2017 to 02/17/2017


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    Purpose of Funds: The Paul Coverdell program is an on-going program funded through the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and is focused on improving the quality and timeliness of forensic science activities within the state.

    Eligibility & Requirements: The State must have developed a plan for forensic sciences laboratories that is designed to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services and must specifically describe the manner in which grant funds will be used to carry out that plan. States are expected to consider the needs of laboratories operated by units of local government as well as those operated by the State. 

    Additional information may be found on the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program (COV) Information Page.

    The COV program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

    Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN)

    2019: Standard Award Cycle*: 10/01/2019 - 09/30/2021, Application Cycle: 03/12/2019 - 06/28/2019* (extended deadline)


    Managing your Grant


    Purpose of the Funds: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms. The program's effectiveness depends upon the ongoing coordination, cooperation, and partnerships of local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies--and the communities they serve--engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in all 94 districts.

    The Colorado PSN task force intends to allocate funds within the three Targeted Enforcement Areas (see below) to provide services directly relevant to targeted law enforcement intervention PSN strategy. This task force also provides for prevention and re-entry services, particularly for those using concrete interventions to prevent people at risk from committing violence, and to help people convicted of violent crimes successfully re-enter society through services such as job training, transportation, and housing assistance.

    Eligibility & Requirements: Law enforcement and other agencies providing relevant services in three Targeted Enforcement Areas (TEA): Denver metro – including the cities of Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Commerce City, and Westminster. Southeastern Colorado – including the cities of Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Fountain, as well as unincorporated portions of El Paso County. Northeastern Colorado – including the cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley, and Loveland, as well as unincorporated portions of Larimer and Weld Counties.


    The PSN program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). 

    Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Grant Application (RSAT) - (2019 and earlier)

    2019: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022, Application Cycle: 11/9/2020 – 11/30/2020 - Note: 2019 RSAT will be a two year funding cycle

    2018: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2020, Application Cycle: 10/16/2018 - 11/14/2018 - Note: 2018 RSAT will be a two year funding cycle. There will not be a 2019 funding cycle.

    2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2018, Application Cycle: 10/01/2017 - 11/01/2018

    2016: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017, Application Cycle: 10/01/2016 - 11/01/2016


    Managing your Grant

    Purpose of the Funds:  To assist states and units of local government in developing and operating residential substance abuse programs for incarcerated adult and juvenile offenders in facilities operated by state and local correctional agencies. The Colorado RSAT project is designed to work specifically with the state’s statutory requirements for offender assessment, referral and treatment in substance abuse programs.

    Eligibility and Requirements: More information will be provided when the grant cycle re-opens.


    The RSAT program is administered by the DCJ Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA)

    Closed One-Time Funding Opportunities

    Housing for Crime Victims Special Project (2017)

    2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 05/01/2017 - 12/31/2018, Letter of Intent: 11/07/2016, Application Cycle: 01/16/2017- 02/21/2017


    Purpose of the Funds: To address and implement new, innovative methods of housing for crime victims across the state. 

    Eligibility & Requirements: Eligible applicants include: victim assistance programs operated by a public agency or a non-profit organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations that provide services to victims of crime.


    Additional information may be found on the OVP Special Projects Information Page.

    The CVS program is administered by the DCJ Office for Victims Programs (OVP). 

    Lawyers for Victims Program (LFVP) - (2017)

    2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 05/01/2017 - 12/31/2018, Letter of Intent Period: 12/08/2016 - 01/05/2017, Application Cycle: 01/30/2017 - 03/06/2017

    January - February 2018 – Project sites apply for continuation funding through the Crime Victims Services (CVS) Funding Opportunity (funding to support activities in 2019/2020)


    Managing your Grant

    Purpose of the Funds: To create and implement a plan to increase the continuum of services for a variety of civil legal needs of the crime victim.  

    Eligibility & Requirements: The applicant must be an established and deeply connected agency that, with our assistance, will refer limited-scope legal matters to previously screened contract attorneys for a flat fee. To be eligible to apply and receive funds, applicant organizations must: 1) Have been in existence for a minimum of two years, 2) Provide direct services to crime victims, 3) Use volunteers, 4) Assist victims with applying for victim compensation, 5) Be able to demonstrate that at least 25% of their annual budget comes from sources other than VOCA, and 6) Provide a 20% match.


    Additional information may be found on the OVP Special Projects Information Page.

    The LFVP is administered by the DCJ Office for Victims Programs (OVP). 

    Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Discretionary Training Funds (2017)

    2017: Standard Award Cycle*: 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017, Application Cycle: 02/01/2016 - 03/01/2016


    Managing your Grant


    Purpose of the Funds: This targeted announcement is to fund a small number of training projects to provide training on one or more of the identified training priorities, regionally or statewide. It is the expectation that funded projects will also make their training available via webinar or other means in order to effectively reach a large number of victim assistance providers and others who provide direct services to crime victims. 

    Eligibility & Requirements: Victim services organizations whose sole mission is to provide services to crime victims. Public and non-profit organizations that have components which offer services to crime victims if the funds are used to expand or enhance the delivery of direct victim services. Additional requirements listed in the VOCA guidelines.


    The VOCA Discretionary Training Funds program is administered by the DCJ Office for Victims Programs (OVP). 

    Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) One-Time Funding - (2016)

    2016 Standard Award Cycle*: 05/01/2016 - 04/30/2017, Application Cycle: 08/28/2015 - 09/22/2015


    Managing your Grant


    Purpose of the Funds: This one-time non-recurring single year funding opportunity for VOCA grant funds is intended for one-time non-recurring needs such as technology, shelter improvements (ADA compliance), limited English proficiency communications, individuals with disabilities communication, case management programs, etc.

    Eligibility & Requirements: Eligible applicants that provide direct services to crime victims include: units of local government, criminal justice agencies, departments of state government, non-governmental non-profit victim services agencies, Indian Tribal governments, statewide crime victim services coalitions, and non-profit agencies (501 (c) 3 status) that provide direct crime victim services.


    The VOCA One-Time Funding is administered by the DCJ Office for Victims Programs (OVP). 

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