DOJ/BJA: 2023 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP),Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks applications from state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies and their partners in conducting outreach, educating practitioners and the public, enhancing victim reporting tools, and investigating and prosecuting hate crimes committed on the basis of a victim’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

Donor Name: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

State: All States

County: All Counties

U.S. Territories: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/25/2023

Size of the Grant: $4,000,000

Grant Duration: 48 months

Details:

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Program supports efforts by state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies and their partners in conducting outreach, educating practitioners and the public, enhancing victim reporting tools, and investigating and prosecuting hate crimes committed on the basis of a victim’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

This funding is designed to assist jurisdictions in addressing hate crimes and to assist victims and communities that are facing an increase in hate crimes. The Shepard/Byrd Hate Crimes Program explores opportunities to support and encourage the establishment of partnerships between law enforcement and prosecution agencies and community-based organizations to prevent discrimination, bullying, harassment, and hate crimes, as well as improve victim reporting of hate incidents and crimes and law enforcement reporting of hate crimes. Finally, this program may be used to address the unique needs of schools, colleges, and universities in preventing and addressing hate crimes.

Goals

  • To comprehensively address and prevent hate crimes through increased public awareness and reporting of hate crimes and to enhance law enforcement and prosecution strategies to prevent and respond to hate crimes, thereby bringing justice for hate crime victims and other stakeholders.

Objectives 

  • Build strong collaboration between law enforcement and prosecution and community-based organizations—including schools, colleges, and universities—to conduct outreach to and education of persons and groups at risk for hate crimes.
  • Establish state and regionwide coordinated efforts to prevent, identify, investigate, and heal from hate crimes.
  • Build comprehensive approaches that expand and enhance strategies—including tools, policies, and procedures—to increase the reporting, identification, and charging of hate crimes, including victim reporting.
  • Enhance the capacity of law enforcement and prosecutors to prevent and address hate crimes through education, training, and tools for the field to investigate and prosecute hate crime cases. Enhance collaboration between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies in their investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. Prepare the partners to be able to fully understand and address hate crimes through leadership and assessment of their organizational cultures.
  • Increase trust and confidence in state, local, and tribal justice partners to be able to identify, investigate, and prosecute hate crimes.

Funding Information

  • Category 1- State or Regional Applications
    • Dollar Amount for Award: $4,000,000
    • Performance Duration (Months): 48
  • Category 2- Single Agency Applications
    • Dollar Amount for Award: $400,000
    • Performance Duration (Months): 48

Eligibility Criteria

State, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies. Tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies must be from federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions.

For the 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.

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