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BCJI Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program solicitation. FAQs and BCJI webinar slides are also available. Applications are due May 6, 2014.


BCJI: Translating Research to Practice and Building Capacity

The Spring 2014 issue of Translational Criminology, published by George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), includes an article entitled "Translating Research to Practice and Building Capacity to Use Data, Research, Planning, and Problem-Solving: The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program," written by BJA Associate Deputy Director Betsi Griffith. BCJI is a place-based, community-oriented process in which cross-sector partnerships are supported to address neighborhood-level crime issues.


NEW! On April 2, 2014, BJA and LISC held a webinar to review the BCJI program model and the FY 2014 solicitation. View the webinar slides.

NEW! Read the BCJI Fact Sheet.

NEW! Read the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) Fact Sheet.

BCJI Community
Visit the BCJI Community, the page for BJA's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation initiative, where you can find information and share ideas with BCJI program administrators, researchers, and stakeholders.

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For FY 2013 applicants of the BCJI solicitation:

Read a blog post, “The Call-In,” from the Center for Court Innovation’s Greg Berman about Brooklyn’s BCJI project, the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project. (January 10, 2013)

BCJI awards are made to applicants consisting of a cross-sector partnership, including units of local government, criminal and juvenile justice agencies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Implementation Plan Guidelines: describes the three elements of the Implementation Plan

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Planning and Implementation Milestones: suggested calendar of activities or milestones for the BCJI program


Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/06/2014, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications from eligible entities to plan, implement, and enhance place-based, community-oriented strategies to address neighborhood-level crime issues as a component of or a foundation to a broader neighborhood revitalization or redevelopment initiative.
Solicitation  FAQs  Webinar Slides

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New Resource: Identifying and Working With a Research Partner—Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice

The BCJI Program is designed to provide neighborhoods with coordinated federal support in the implementation of comprehensive place-based strategies to effectively reduce and prevent crime by connecting this support to broader comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts. This coordinated federal support includes integrated training and technical assistance (TTA) resources for federal grantees involved in planning or implementing a neighborhood revitalization project; the coordination and alignment of performance metrics and reporting requirements across agencies; and providing priority consideration during the application review process to applicants who aim to combine or leverage their funds with other federal, state, local, and private sector resources.

BJA selected the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to serve as the national training and technical assistance provider for the new BCJI grantees. LISC will assist with an analysis of the crime in each community, engage residents and provide ongoing support to ensure the sites effectively use data, research and innovation to develop a comprehensive crime strategy.

Alissa Huntoon
Senior Policy Advisor
202-305-1661
E-mail: alissa.huntoon@usdoj.gov

Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) Fact Sheet, BJA-Sponsored, February 2014. This fact sheet highlights BNCP efforts which serve to help neighborhoods develop community capacity – the knowledge, skills, relationships, interactions and organizational resources - that enables residents, civic leaders, the public and private sectors and local organizations to create comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans.
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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI) Fact Sheet, Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2014. This resource highlights Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program activities, which was created in 2012 to help local and tribal communities develop place-based, community-oriented strategies to change neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity.
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More BJA Publications

Grant Awards:
FY 2013 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program

View a map of FY 2012 BCJI grantees
FY 2012 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Enhancement
FY 2012 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning and Implementation
FY 2012 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Training and Technical Assistance Program


Announcement:

Register for the BCJI Webinar

On April 2, at 3:00 p.m. e.t., join BJA for a webinar about the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI). The webinar will cover background on the core elements of BCJI and an overview of the FY 2014 funding opportunity. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. BCJI applications are due May 6, 2014.


View the BCJI Webinar

View the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program webinar held May 8, 2012.


DOJ Awards Funding to Enhance Communities’ Ability to Improve Safety in Distressed Neighborhoods

On September 25, in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell announced more than $11 million in awards to address neighborhood-level crime in 15 locations nationwide through the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program. Read the full press release. View NY1's news story about the Brownsville grant. Listen to BJA Associate Deputy Director Betsi Griffith discuss BCJI on NY1's "The Call."


BJA’s BCJI/BNCP Initiatives Finalist for Innovation in Government Award

BJA’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation and Building Neighborhood Capacity Program initiatives, as part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, are one of the top 25 finalists in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Innovation in Government Awards.


Department of Justice Awards $12M To Improve Safety in Distressed Neighborhoods

On September 12, 2013, BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell announced more than $12 million in grant awards to address neighborhood-level crime in 14 locations nationwide. The awards, administered through the BJA’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program, will target locations or neighborhoods with significant levels of crime compared to the overall jurisdiction.


Five “Promise Zones” Announced

On January 9, 2014, President Obama announced the first five “Promise Zones”: San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Promise Zone Initiative is part of the President’s plan to create a better bargain for the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety. Three of these sites—San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles—are Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI). Read the White House blog, White House Fact Sheet, talking points, and FAQs.


East Baltimore Neighborhood Benefiting from BCJI Program

McElderry Park, a neighborhood in east Baltimore, MD, has launched a new crime prevention effort, funded through BJA's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program. "We have to find creative, innovative solutions to deal with the issues of public safety,” said LeVar Michael with the Baltimore Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice. "What this grant does is it takes a holistic approach. We are not just gonna look at the traditional way of addressing crime. We are actually going to touch on a number of different issues."


Register for the BCJI Webinar

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) webinar will provide potential applicants with a brief overview of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, the BCJI program model, what a successful application and budget should include, and BCJI training and technical assistance. The webinar will be January 31 at 3:15-5:15 p.m. eastern time.


Funding:

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/04/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications from local and tribal partners to plan, implement, and enhance place-based, community-oriented strategies to address neighborhood-level crime issues as a component of or a foundation to a broader neighborhood revitalization or redevelopment initiative.
Solicitation  FAQs  Webinar


Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/20/2012, 11:59 PM
Applications are sought for a national TTA partner to work with BJA on the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program, which supports comprehensive place-based and community-oriented initiatives that involve service providers from multiple sectors and disciplines, as well as community representatives from all types of organizations, to work together to reduce and prevent crime and revitalize communities.
Solicitation


Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/07/2012, 11:59 PM
Applications are sought from local and tribal partners to plan, implement, and enhance place-based, community-oriented strategies to address neighborhood-level crime issues as a component of or a foundation to a broader neighborhood revitalization or redevelopment initiative. BCJI resources will target locations where a significant proportion of crime occurs as compared to the overall jurisdiction.
Solicitation  FAQs  Informational Webinar


Building Neighborhood Capacity Program Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 07/25/2011, 11:59 PM
Through this program, five competitively selected neighborhoods will be provided a range of TTA to help them begin to undertake revitalization, guided by comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans, in concert with relevant local and state plans and planning processes.
Solicitation