Funding Opportunities


U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Call for Applications to the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

The program is designed to increase public safety and improve access to effective treatment for people with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, mental health treatment, and substance use systems.

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Second Chance Act Solicitation: Smart Supervision Grants

The Smart Supervision program seeks to improve probation and parole success rates and reduce crime committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars.


Call for Applicants: Better Government Competition

Competitive proposals will include creative approaches to reducing the state and federal prison population, reducing recidivism, and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.


Call for Applicants for State Youth Treatment Planning Grants

The program will provide funding to states, territories, and tribes to develop a comprehensive strategic plan in order to improve treatment for youth ages 12–18, and/or transitional aged youth (ages 16–25) who have substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.


Call for Applicants for Research and Evaluation on Justice Systems

The U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for funding for social and behavioral science research and evaluation related to justice system topics including policing, courts, and institutional and community corrections that are related directly to federal, state, local, or tribal criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice.


Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Fellowship on Violence Against Women

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is now accepting applications to support a postdoctoral fellow in conducting original data collection and/or secondary data analyses on violence against women, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence.


Call for Applicants: Safety and Justice Challenge Grants

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced the Safety and Justice Challenge, an initial five-year $75 million investment to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Core to the Challenge is a competition that will fund 20 jurisdictions working to reduce incarceration and improve the way their local criminal justice systems function.

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Call for Applicants: BJA Fellow Program

The intent of the program is to leverage state, local, or tribal subject matter expertise to assess areas of need and to develop strategies, tools, and policies in collaboration with BJA staff for the benefit of the criminal justice field.

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

Call for Applicants to the 2015 Youth in Custody Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University‘s McCourt School of Public Policy is now accepting applications for the 2015 Youth in Custody Certificate Program. Designed for professionals in the juvenile justice field, this weeklong program helps participants build the skills and capacity to begin or accelerate systematic change and improve the outcomes of youth in custody.

U.S. Department of Justice

Call for Applicants to the Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions Program

This program is open to states, localities, and tribes interested in implementing or enhancing an SCF model of supervision. SCF approaches are designed to (a) improve supervision strategies that reduce recidivism; (b) promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in community corrections and related fields to enhance swift and certain sanctions; (c) enhance the perception of individuals involved with the justice system that the supervision decisions are fair, consistently applied, and consequences are transparent; and (d) improve the outcomes of individuals participating in the program.


Call for Article Submissions to the Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is now accepting submissions to its scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, “Juvenile and Family Court Journal.” Articles should focus on issues of interest to the field of juvenile and family justice, including child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, dual status youth, domestic violence, substance use, child custody and visitation, judicial leadership, and related topics.

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Second Chance Act Solicitation: Statewide Recidivism Reduction

These planning awards will provide up to $100,000 in funding for a 12-month project period to state correctional agencies (state departments of corrections or community corrections) or State Administering Agencies (SAAs) to develop statewide recidivism reduction strategic plans.

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Justice Reinvestment Solicitation Released: Maximizing State Reforms

“Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms” will assist state governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that can demonstrate substantial completion of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative model by cementing or amplifying the goals of their justice reinvestment reform efforts, and by deepening their investment in and commitment to use of data-driven decision making and evidence-based practices and programs.

U.S. Department of Education

Call for Applicants to Performance Partnership Pilot Program

Up to ten pilot sites will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for “disconnected” youth, who are defined as low-income youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are either homeless, in foster care, involved with the juvenile justice system, unemployed, unenrolled in school, or at risk of dropping out.