OJJDP FY 17 Smart on Juvenile Justice: Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

This initiative will provide funding to (1) develop and implement standards of policy and practice to effectively manage well-resourced, statewide juvenile indigent defense systems; (2) develop state or regional resource centers to help state, tribal, and local juvenile defense systems enhance the quality of legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of specific initiatives; and (3) support communitybased nonprofit organizations that provide direct civil legal services, mentoring, and reentry planning to youth in out-of-home placement who are transitioning or have recently transitioned back to their families and communities. The organizations would provide the youth with direct civil legal services, mentoring, and collective advocacy strategies to address the collateral consequences of justice system involvement and overcome barriers to securing housing, education, and employment to reduce recidivism. This initiative will provide cost-effective and innovative training for the juvenile indigent defense bar, including public defenders and court-appointed counsel working on behalf of juvenile indigent defendants, particularly in traditionally underserved locations, including rural areas.

Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Feb. 8, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: Mar. 2, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

This initiative is composed of three categories, and the eligibility differs for each category:

  • Category 1: Juvenile Defense Training and Technical Assistance. Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit1 and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education. For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.
  • Category 2: Regional Juvenile Defender Resource Centers. 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). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.
  • Category 3: Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Legal Services. Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).  

Amount Description

OJJDP expects to make up to eight awards under this solicitation, for an estimated total of $3.8 million.

Under Category 1 (training and technical assistance), OJJDP expects to award one cooperative agreement of up to $1.5 million for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Under Category 2 (regional defender resource centers), OJJDP expects to award $800,000 in the form of two cooperative agreements of up to $400,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Under Category 3 (reentry legal services), OJJDP expects to award $1.5 million in the form of five grants of up to $300,000 each for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

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.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

February 8, 2017

External Deadline

March 2, 2017