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Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Program

Grants to USA State, County, Municipal, and Tribal Governments
for Programs to Improve Security in Correctional Settings

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

06/14/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants deadline is 06/28/21 11:59 PM ET.

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Grants to USA and territories state, county, municipal, and tribal governments for programs to improve security in correctional settings. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs to protect against contraband cellphone use in correctional facilities.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to enhance, test, implement, and evaluate policies, practices, and technology to address and reduce the use of contraband cellphones in correctional facilities. This program furthers the Department’s mission by reducing violence within correctional facilities and enhancing public safety.  

These site-based awards are for state and local governments, including federally recognized Indian tribes that have detention capacity, to operationalize effective and secure managed access systems in correctional settings to prevent, detect, seize, and stop the presence and use of contraband cellphones by detainees and inmates. Jurisdictions will be expected to test, implement, and document changes to policy, practice, and tactics as they relate to preventing, detecting, seizing, and stopping the presence and use of contraband cellphones by detainees and inmates.

Applicants may propose to enhance or implement new physical, technical, and/or tactical managed access systems to prevent, detect, and respond to cellphone contraband use in correctional facilities. Applicants are encouraged to identify strategies that will educate relevant staff members and other key stakeholders about steps they can take to address contraband cellphones, and to define a process to gather, use, and share intelligence as a result of seizing contraband cell phones.

Applicants may propose to:

  • Operationalize effective and secure managed access systems.
  • Ensure state, local, and tribal governments are in compliance with the Federal Communications Commission and laws governing the interception of electronic communications, including the rules that criminalize actions aimed at disabling aircraft.
  • Provide technological solutions to detect and disrupt drones. 

Priority Areas:

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. In FY 2021, OJP will give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that demonstrate ways in which their projects will advance one or more of these areas. In addition, OJP will give priority consideration, if applicable, to applicants that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties. For more details about priority areas, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94002.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188473

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,700,000

Number of Grants:

4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $425,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by June 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by June 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Obtain a DUNS number/Confirmation number:
Obtain your Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number first; you cannot complete any of the steps below without it. It can take up to 2 business days to obtain the DUNS number. Call DUN and Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 to obtain a DUNS number or apply at http://www.dnb.com/.

Register with SAM database/Confirm SAM number:
Organizational Entities Only - System of Award Management (SAM) registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. If you do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the process can take up to 5 weeks. If you have an EIN, the process can take up to 2 weeks. SAM registration procedures can be accessed at http://www.sam.gov/.

For additional application information, see the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide at https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#apply.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333344

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov. Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

CFDA Number:

16.844

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-94002

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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