Federal Discretionary Grants

Justice Programs applies for federal discretionary grants on behalf of the state. The Justice Programs Unit coordinates with other state agencies/stakeholders to construct a competitive application that advances state justice improvement needs, manages awarded funds, and evaluates/reports on project progress as required by federal agencies.

Justice Programs has been awarded criminal justice discretionary grants from the National Institute of Justice, COPS Technology, NCHIP, NARIP, and is constantly evaluating federal grant opportunities for funding sources that can help Wisconsin move criminal justice improvements forward. Some of the federal criminal justice discretionary grant programs Justice Programs has successfully applied for are detailed below.

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

The National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) provides financial and technical support to states in improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for background checks.

NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

The NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) is competitive federal discretionary grant program that funds projects designed to improve the accuracy and reliability of reporting judicial events that result in a prohibition on firearms purchase and possession.

NARIP is intended to improve the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records used by the NICS to state and federal systems. Such records include criminal history records, records of felony convictions, warrants, records of protective orders, convictions for misdemeanor involving domestic violence and stalking, drug arrests and convictions, records of mental health adjudications, and others, which may disqualify an individual from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law. Helping states and state court systems to automate these records will also reduce delays for law-abiding gun purchasers.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

PSN local programs that target gun and gun crime This funding is used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.

Justice Programs has been selected by the Eastern and Western U.S. District Attorney offices to act as the fiscal agent for the PSN formula program. The Justice Programs Unit applies for the formula grant, awards funds to the U.S. District Attorney offices, and manages the federal reporting requirements. The U.S. District Attorney Offices determine the direction any sub awards to grantees of PSN funding.

Page updated:  08/21/2013