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FY 2021 John R. Justice (JRJ) Program

Grants to USA State Agencies to Repay
Public Defender Student Loans

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:

04/20/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories state agencies to attract more people to become public defenders through repayment of their student loans. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Those who receive the financial assistance must commit to serving in the role for a minimum of 36 months.

The John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program (also referred to as the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program or JRJSLRP) provides student loan repayment assistance for local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors who commit to extended service in those roles.

The purpose of the JRJ Grant Program is to encourage qualified individuals to enter and continue employment as prosecutors and public defenders.

Goals: For all states and territories to be able to recruit and retain talented (and eligible) local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors by setting up and maintaining a student loan repayment assistance program for attorneys with the most student loan financial burden who agree to commit to extended employment in public interest law.

The objective of the JRJ Grant Program is to offer an incentive to attract and retain qualified local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors who commit to extended employment in those roles, and continue in that capacity for a minimum of 36 months. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152339

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

56

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $115,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM

Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: State governments

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. Applicants are limited to state and U.S. territory government agencies designated by their Governor (or the Mayor of the District of Columbia) to administer the JRJ Grant Program. The states, territories, and the District of Columbia will make loan payments directly to the institutions holding loans on behalf of eligible beneficiaries.

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by April 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 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 May 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330449

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center
Response Center
800-851-3420
grants@ncjrs.gov

For technical assistance with submitting the SF424 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 833–872–5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time, Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

CFDA Number:

16.816

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-44009

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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