U.S. Department of Justice Grants $850 Million to Aid Public Safety Agencies Response to COVID-19

Published: May 28, 2020

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The DOJ has released a solicitation that is available for state, local and tribal governments to apply immediately to receive funds. Last updated: May 28, 2020.

*May 28, 2020 Update: The Department of Justice has issued several new awards. More than $53 million has been awarded to three states on May 28, 2020. An additional $83 million has been awarded to five states and the District of Columbia on May 21, 2020. Finally, nearly $500,000 has been awarded to the Navajo Nation on May 21, 2020. For the full breakdown of the award amount of the receipients, please view the attached powerpoint.

*May 18, 2020 Update: The Department of Justice has issued several new awards. More than $25 million has been awarded to two states and two tribes on May 14, 2020. For the full breakdown of the award amount of the receipients, please view the attached powerpoint.

*May 8, 2020 Update: The Department of Justice has issued several new awards. More than $74 million has been awarded to nine states on April 30, 2020. An additional $65 million has been awarded to 11 more states on May 7, 2020. For the full breakdown of the award amount of the receipients, please view the attached powerpoint.

In addition, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has launched a new website with detailed mapping on funding information. The website can be viewed here.

*April 23, 2020 Update: The Department of Justice has issued several new awards. $69 million has been awarded to four states and one territory on April 23, 2020. For the full breakdown of the award amount of the receipients, please view the attached powerpoint.

*April 21, 2020 Update: The Department of Justice has issued several new awards to 13 states and 2 territories. $49 million was awarded to six states and one territory on April 14, 2020. $77 million was awarded to seven states and one territory on April 20, 2020. For the full breakdown of the award amount of the receipients, please view the attached powerpoint.

*April 13, 2020 update: Awards have been made to New Hampshire in the amount of $3,454,070 and Texas in the amount of $41,975,871. Please see the attached CARES Act Funding for Public Safety powerpoint for more information.

The press releases for each award can be viewed below:

New Hampshire

  • The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs announced today that it has awarded nearly $3.5 million to the state of New Hampshire to use for public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The grant to the New Hampshire Department of Justice marks the first to be awarded through the $850 million available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program.

Texas

  • The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs announced today that it has awarded nearly $42 million to the state of Texas to use for public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The grant to the Texas Department of Justice is among the first to be awarded through the $850 million available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program.

Original Article Below (published April 2, 2020):

As part of the $2 trillion stimulus package approved by the United States Senate, $850 million of that amount has been set aside for Justice & Public Safety. The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) program will allow funds to be made available to public safety agencies within state, local, and tribal governments to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Funds may be used to hire personnel, pay overtime costs, cover protective equipment and supplies, address correctional inmates’ medical needs and defray expenses related to the distribution of resources to hard-hit areas, among other activities.

Successful applicants will be funded as a top priority on a rolling basis as applications are received. The Department of Justice is moving fast to make funds available within days of an award.

The breakdown of funding allocations at the state and local level is attached to the article in an excel file format.

The state and local level funding allocations can also be viewed at the Bureau of Justice Assistance link here (state) and here (local).

The solicitation can be viewed at the below link and is open for 60 days with a possibility to extend:

All registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time May 29, 2020.

To view the Department of Justice's press release on the availability of funding, please click here.

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice