Federal Criminal Justice Grants

Justice Programs serves as the state's expertise in federal programs (fiscal management, fulfilling federal reporting requirements, and assistance to criminal justice professionals regarding applicable funding sources).

Federal formula grant programs are an efficient and effective way for the federal government to implement broad policy directives while giving states the flexibility to design their own sub grant programs--within federally defined parameters-that fit each state's unique structure, needs, and priorities. Federal formula funds are allocated through Justice Programs in Wisconsin. Federal discretionary grants are awarded to states--generally through a competitive application process-to further federal initiatives within a specific policy area.

Justice Programs has used federal funds to pilot new innovative criminal justice programs and evaluate their applicability for statewide implementation. Funding from multiple federal funding sources can be leveraged to advance strategic state goals. Consolidated management of multiple criminal justice grants within Justice programs also leads to a more equitable investment of dollars among Wisconsin's criminal justice community.

Justice Programs also handles Violence Against Women Act grants, Juvenile Justice Grants, and Homeland Security grants; these funding sources are complimentary to many issues identified in the Criminal Justice area. Justice Programs currently manages several state funded criminal justice grant programs.

Page updated:  09/05/2013