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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to Prevent Crime and Improve the Criminal Justice System

Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) Enhancement Grant


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Funding Source
Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/28/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes, faith-based entities, and institutions of higher education for activities and programs that address crime and enhance the criminal justice system. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that use data, sound criminal justice principles, and innovation to create strategies that are effective, economical, and sustainable. The JAG program places an emphasis on violent crime, drug offenses, and serious offenders.

Byrne-JAG Program Purpose Areas:

  • Law Enforcement Programs
  • Prosecution and Court Programs
  • Prevention and Education Programs
  • Corrections and Community Corrections Programs
  • Drug Treatment Programs
  • Planning Evaluation and Technology Improvement Programs.

Examples of Possible Program Responses that enhance the administration of justice through improved efficiency, improved effectiveness, and/or reduced cost include, but are Not Limited to:

  • Equipment and technology that improve community health and safety.
  • Prevention/Intervention that reduce youth access to drugs/alcohol.
  • Enhanced access to services for underserved populations.
  • Training.
  • Virtual/remote delivery of services.
  • Reduce drug and alcohol-related deaths.
  • Other evidence-informed, innovative programs, in one of the six Byrne-JAG Program Purpose Areas listed above.

For information about eligible expenses see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Those eligible to receive grant funds from ODCP include state and local units of government, Indian tribes, faith-based organizations, and nonprofit entities. A local unit of government is defined as a city, county, town, township, or other general-purpose political subdivision of a state and includes Indian tribes that perform law enforcement functions as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. A city or county must be the legal applicant and recipient on behalf of city and county departments.

Iowa faith-based and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive grant funding, but applications must be made in partnership with a state or local unit of government. For purposes of the application, Iowa school districts, public universities, and community colleges are considered eligible applicants.

For information about ineligible expenses see:

Due to federal restrictions and/or limited amounts of funding, as a general rule, ODCP does not fund projects for which a dedicated funding source is available, replace equipment/supplies which are normally part of a planned/scheduled replacement inventory, or provide continuation or stopgap funding for projects initiated with other grant funding. Grant funding does not support DARE personnel, canines, weapons, tasers, basic law enforcement equipment, construction, and vehicles.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Instruction on applying to this RFP and on the use of will be provided by the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy.

An online (Teams Meeting) training is scheduled for August 24th at 9:00 a.m.

Click here to join the meeting:

Meeting ID: 253 929 386 082
Passcode: 4tMpBp

Pre-Application Information
Final Application Deadline: Sep 28, 2023, 4:30 PM.

Registration with is required prior to applying. Registration may take several days to complete.

Cash match is encouraged but not required for this solicitation. Grant funds will be issued to successful grant recipients on a reimbursement basis.

Program sustainability will be a consideration in the application review process. The Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy does not expect to offer a similar request for proposal in 2024. Applicants should demonstrate how their proposed program will be sustained once the grant support ends.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 25

Estimated Size of Grant
A minimum of approximately $250,000 will be set aside for smaller jurisdictions (those that did not receive a 2021/2022 Direct JAG Award).

Term of Contract
The grant performance period is expected to be November 2023 – October 2024 and is considered one-time funding.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Dennis Wiggins
Phone: 5157250311

Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy
Pape State Office Building
215 E. 7th Street, 5th Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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