OJJDP FY 16 National Girls Initiative

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

In 2010, OJJDP funded the creation of the National Girls Institute to elevate the field’s understanding of girls in—or at risk of entering—the juvenile justice system and to assist states, tribes, and local communities in their efforts to develop effective gender-responsive programs. In 2014, OJJDP transformed the National Girls Institute into the National Girls Initiative to build momentum; create stronger networks of juvenile justice stakeholders, practitioners, and advocates; and to develop programs that will result in systemic improvement and lasting change on behalf of girls and young women in—or at risk for entering—the juvenile justice system.

The selected applicant will serve as OJJDP’s principal technical assistance provider addressing girls and their involvement with the juvenile justice system. The successful applicant will:

  • Develop and widely disseminate resources, including information on how to assess state and local justice system decisions and processes and their impact on girls and young women; promising and evidence-based, gender-responsive program models that are culturally competent, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate; sample state and local policies; issue papers; talking points; model standards; and assessment tools.
  • Host roundtables and other regular gatherings to bring together state and tribal juvenile justice stakeholders, state advisory group representatives, practitioners, advocates, researchers, and diverse experts from around the country to promote greater understanding of girls and young women in the juvenile justice system, foster collaboration across the nation, address challenges, and identify priorities and gaps (including those in data collection).
  • Provide training and technical assistance to support state, tribal, and local girls’ coalitions, alliances, and collaborative efforts to advance the needs of girls.
  • Assist state juvenile justice specialists and state advisory groups to develop state plans with effective gender-responsive services and interventions for high-risk or system-involved girls, including those with a history of trauma caused by physical and sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, and domestic minor sex trafficking.
  • Collaborate with other organizations, including private foundations, to support innovation and efforts involving girls’ programs (e.g., summits, decisionmaking processes, strategies, evidence-based treatment) that will extend the reach of OJJDP into the field and limit duplication of efforts.

Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, subrecipients may be part of multiple proposals.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: March 8, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipient organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. OJJDP welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire National Girls Initiative. Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, subrecipients may be part of multiple proposals. OJJDP may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations. 



Amount Description

OJJDP expects to make one cooperative agreement for as much as $750,000 for a 12-month project period beginning on October 1, 2016. Applicants should submit a 1-year budget of as much as $750,000, using the budget detail worksheet.  

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF via the upload feature on the ORS website.

* A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 pages
* CV of Lead PI

The above materials should be compiled (in the order listed above) into one PDF file.
Go to Institutionally Limited Nominations/Current Open Competitions: https://ors.duke.edu/orsmanual/current-competitions,
ORS is in the process of rolling out a new software system for the institutionally limited internal competition process.  To submit your internal materials, please follow the directions at the top of the page of the link above.

Internal Deadline

February 1, 2016

External Deadline

March 8, 2016