Grants and Planning Branch

The Grants & Planning Branch maintains information on federal and state resources that may be available to assist in improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and seeks, applies for, and administers federal crime and crime prevention funding.  We are the State Administering Agency (SAA) for the following Federal Grants:

*Eligible grant recipients are state and county government organizations. Grant funds are not awarded directly to private agencies.

The Grants & Planning Branch works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, in particular with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office of Justice Programs, and the Office on Violence Against Women.

The Grants & Planning Branch is also the Administering Agency for the following State Grants:

  • Hawaii Career Criminal Prosecution Program (HCCPP)*
  • Victim Witness Assistance (VW)*

Link to Grants & Planning Branch Brochure



CPJAD is providing an electronic Bulletin Board for trainings for government and nonprofit agencies serving crime victims in the State.  Agencies and individuals are invited to submit training flyers with registration information to to be posted on this Training Events Bulletin Board.



The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has announced that grant funding is now available through the FY 2019 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.  A total of $88,677 is available for projects, of which $50,250 is to be used for opioid related projects and $38,427 is to be used for non-opioid related projects. These funds are intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner’s office services, including services provided by laboratories operated by States and units of local government. Applicants that are non-accredited laboratories that provide forensic science services may receive priority when funding decisions are made.  Coverdell grant funds must be used for one or more of the following six purposes:

  • To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner’s office services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
  • To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, impression evidence, toxicology, digital evidence, fire evidence, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  • To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed to eliminate such a backlog.
  • To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
  • To educate and train forensic pathologists.
  • To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.

Agencies interested in receiving funds under the Coverdell formula grant must submit a proposal to our office by 4:00 p.m. on May 13, 2019 (note: proposals must be received by CPJAD and not postmarked by that date).  The short turnaround time for proposal submission is necessary in order for the Department of the Attorney General to meet its application deadline to the NIJ.  The Department of the Attorney General, the designated State Administering Agency (SAA), will be responsible for submitting the State’s application to NIJ for the formula grant funding. 

One (1) original, two (2) copies, and one (1) electronic version of the proposal must be submitted.  Faxed or emailed copies will not be accepted.  On the electronic version, please include the proposal narrative, agency accreditation certificate, certifications, the budget and budget narrative as separate documents.

Please be sure to read the entire application for grant instructions and use the 2019 forms attached.  All agencies also must provide their DUNS number, as well as indicate other funding sources the proposed project is seeking and the amount of funds being sought.

All proposals will undergo a review and scoring process.  Proposal(s) with the highest score will be chosen.  The maximum score is 50 and proposals are scored based on the following:

  • Abstract (4 points)
  • Program Narrative (25 points)
    • Problem Statement
    • Goals and Objectives
    • Project Activities
    • Personnel
    • Capabilities and Competencies
    • Performance Measures
  • External Investigation (4 points)
  • Budget (8 points)
    • Detail Worksheet – 4 points
    • Budget Narrative – 4 points
  • Plan for Collecting the Data for Performance Measures (4 points)
  • Coverdell Statutory Certifications (5 points)

Furthermore, State and local units of government may apply directly to NIJ for the FY 2019 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive.  The maximum amount a state or unit of local government may receive in competitive funds is $250,000.  For information on how to apply for the competitive funds, please visit

If there are questions, please feel free to contact Dawn Martin, Criminal Justice Planning Specialist at 586-1164 or

Application and Forms