Pinellas: Edward Byrne Memorial JAG-C applications sought

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Applications due by April 15, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Pinellas County is accepting applications for funding through the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Countywide (JAG-C).

JAG-C is a pass-through grant of federal funds awarded to Pinellas County by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. JAG-C funds programs within Pinellas County that offer a high probability of preventing and controlling crime and/or improving the criminal justice system.

To be eligible for JAG-C funding, applicants must be a local unit of government, a political or law enforcement agency, or a not-for-profit organization. JAG-C projects must also serve one of the following federally approved purpose areas:

  1. Law enforcement programs
  2. Prosecution and court programs
  3. Prevention and education programs
  4. Corrections and community corrections programs
  5. Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  6. Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  7. Crime victim and witness programs
  8. Mental Health programs

This grant will be for projects to be performed between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2023. Pinellas County typically funds several projects with an average program budget of approximately $25,000. Historically, the grant amount for the County has been between $236,358 and $369.050.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. Organizations interested in applying can access the full grant solicitation and application instructions at http://www.pinellascounty.org/justice/grants.htm.

About Edward Byrne

NYPD Officer Edward R. “Eddie” Byrne was killed on February 26, 1988, at just 22 years old. He was killed while on duty protecting a witness in a targeted attack. The rookie was ambushed and shot in the head five times by members of a New York City street gang who had been ordered to kill a police officer—any police officer.

Today, Byrne’s name and legacy are associated with far more than his tragic death. His life and service are commemorated by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, a federal initiative that has offered unprecedented support for state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies across America.

Since 2005, the Byrne JAG Program has awarded more than 22,000 grants that total more than $7 billion, including $272 million this year alone. The program has supported and promoted improvements in every aspect of the justice system, from policing to prosecution and public defense, to corrections and reentry from incarceration. Its impact on advancing public safety and equal justice has been consequential. Learn more about the program and Byrne's legacy here.

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