Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a funding opportunity  offered through the Office of Adult and Juvenile Assistance (OAJJA).

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a Program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. 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 in all 94 districts.


Goals for Colorado’s PSN program are:

  • Develop violence reduction strategies in cities of the Front Range that are responsive to each district’s individual circumstances, resources, and crime drivers
  • Develop prevention strategies to effectively prevent future crime victimization and perpetration in cities of the Front Range
  • Provide support to local gang task forces in an effort to reduce crime resulting from gang activity in Colorado

Project Application Deadline CLOSED: June 28, 2022

Additional Resources

  • General Information about the PSN Program includes definitions, acronyms, abbreviations, purpose of funds, program goals, amount available, eligibility, length of funding, project materials, project submission, reporting requirements, application requirements, review, and scoring requests for reconsideration, timeline, mandatory project director and financial officer training, indirect costs, accountability and transparency, how to register on SAM.gov, submitted materials, basic ZOOMGRANMTS application steps, and project application tips.
  • Application Instructions
  • FAQs

Project Details

Project Application Due Date

CLOSED

June 28, 2022

Amount Available

A total of $214,162 is anticipated for Fiscal Year 2021 subgrants.  

Award period

October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023

Additional Information

Purpose Areas:

The Colorado PSN Task Force intends to allocate funds within four Targeted Enforcement Areas (see eligibility) to provide services directly relevant to targeted law enforcement intervention aligned with the PSN strategy and for providing prevention and re-entry services, particularly those using concrete interventions to prevent people at risk of committing violence from actually becoming violent and to help people convicted of violent crimes successfully re-enter society rather than relapsing into criminal behavior, including through various services such as job training, transportation, and housing assistance. 

Successful 2021 PSN Grant applicants will be provided awards in two categories.

Category 1

Category 1 is for violence responsive programs to targeted law enforcement intervention aligned with the PSN strategy, of which 30% must be dedicated to activities of TEAs targeted on gang violence reduction efforts – specifically on the investigation and prosecution of criminal and/or transnational organizations that are engaged in high levels of violent crime, firearms offenses, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.

Category 2

Category 2 is for targeted re-entry and prevention activities.

Exclusions and Limitations:

Exclusions and limitations for grant funding are as follows:

Applications with projects that fall outside of Category 1 and Category 2 purpose areas and that propose services outside of the four TEAs (see eligibility) will not be considered.

Food (and beverage) should not be included in applications as this is a prohibited expense. Program monetary incentives should also be avoided as they are generally unallowable costs. 

Additional information can be found in the ZoomGrants library.

Match/Other Budget Considerations:

The PSN application does not require a match. 

Allowable uses of funding include:

  • 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 by OJP/BJA)
  • 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

Eligibility:

This is a limited competition grant program.  Applications will be accepted from law enforcement and other agencies providing relevant services in four Targeted Enforcement Areas (TEA):  

  1. Denver Metro area
  2. Colorado Springs
  3. Northern Colorado including the cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, and Loveland
  4. Pueblo

Category 1 and Category 2 applications will be accepted from law enforcement agencies* and from other organizations providing relevant services in Colorado within the four targeted enforcement areas listed.  

*A law enforcement agency serving as the fiscal agent for a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force (MJTF) can apply both as an individual agency and then also as the fiscal agent of a MJTF.

How to Apply:

Project applications must be submitted in Colorado’s on-line application system (ZoomGrants) on or before TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022.  

PROJECT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON-LINE.  

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

The Project Safe Neighborhoods grant announcement, application, and instructions can be obtained through ZoomGrants.

Grants Guidance & Resources

Before contacting the Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, please review this announcement and read the Project Safe Neighborhood application instructions, general information, and FAQs.  The documents are located in the ZoomGrants library.

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

For questions regarding the Project Safe Neighborhoods application, other than technical issues, please contact Amy L. Miller.

Questions about PSN program & requirements

Amy Miller
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, OAJJA
700 Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80215
Direct: 720.357.4962
E-mail: amy.l.miller@state.co.us