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)*

Grants and Planning Branch Brochure (09_2022)


for qualified State Public Defenders and State and Local Prosecutors

RELEASE DATE:  January 27, 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 28, 2023

Applications for the John R. Justice (JRJ) Student Loan Repayment Program are being solicited from qualified state public defenders and state and local prosecutors. All application documents must be received by the Department of the Attorney General, CPJAD by Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned, unopened, to the sender.

Download instructions and forms below:

FY 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

for State and County Government Agencies

RELEASE DATE:  January 13, 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2023

The Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division is soliciting applications from state and county government agencies for funding under the FY 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program that is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice.  Approximately $937,169 is available. The purpose of the JAG grant is to allow states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system.

Instructions and Forms:


Victim Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking [Culturally Specific Services (CSS)]



RELEASE DATE:  January 12, 2023

DUE DATE:  February 24, 2023

The Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (referred to as the “Department” or “CPJAD”) is requesting proposals from non-profit, non- governmental agencies, including faith-based, and other neighborhood organizations, with IRS 501(c)(3) status to develop, enhance, and provide Culturally-Specific Services (CSS) to racial and ethnic minority adult female victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Services and resources provided must be culturally appropriate, relevant, and linguistically specific to fit the targeted population/community(ies) to be served.

An organization is eligible for funding if its primary mission is to address the needs of racial and ethnic minority groups or if it has developed a special expertise regarding a particular racial and ethnic minority group. Culturally-specific communities of “racial and ethnic minority groups” is defined in section 1707(g) of the Public Health Service Act, as “Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Blacks; and Hispanics (individuals whose origin is Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or any other Spanish-speaking country).”The organization must do more than merely provide services to the targeted group; rather, the organization must provide culturally competent services designed to meet the specific needs of the target population.

Funding is available through the Services-Training-Officers-Prosecutors, Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (“STOP VAWA Grant”), a federal grant that promotes comprehensive, multidisciplinary approaches to addressing violence against women. The STOP VAWA Grant supports projects and initiatives that are sensitive to the needs and safety of victims and hold offenders accountable.

Contracts awarded under this RFP shall begin no earlier than June 1, 2023 and end no later than May 31, 2024. The duration of a contract shall not exceed 12 months.

The total funding available is approximately $100,000 through the FY 2021 and FY 2022 STOP VAWA Grants, subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Proposals should request no less than $50,000 per project and no more than $100,000 per project for a 12-month contract period. Multiple contracts may be awarded under this RFP.

Proposals (one original and four copies) shall be mailed, postmarked by the United States Postal Service (USPS) no later than February 24, 2023 and received no later than 10 days from the submittal deadline to:

Department of the Attorney General

Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division

235 South Beretania Street, Suite 401

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Attention: Mr. Felix Mata


On January 27, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (or until all questions are received and discussed), the Department will conduct a virtual RFP orientation via Microsoft Teams. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation, but attendance is not mandatory. To register for the RFP orientation, send an e-mail message with the subject line “RFP Orientation Registration” to the RFP POC, Felix Mata, at [email protected], no later than 24 hours prior to the RFP orientation, scheduled for January 27, 2023. The deadline for submission of written questions is February 3, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. All written questions will receive a written response from the Department on or about February 10, 2023.

Download the Request for Proposal document from the Hawaii State Procurement Office Website:

Download the VAWA Fillable Forms:   VAWA 21-22-CSS RFP – Fillable Forms

CPJAD eGrants (online Grants Management System)


FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF)

August 24, 2020 – The Department’s Strategic Plan for the State Allocated FY 2020 CESF Strategic Plan Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) program has been revised to implement Phase 2 funding sooner than initially planned due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak on Oahu that is impacting the agencies responsible for criminal justice, public safety and security.

June 3, 2020 –The Department of the Attorney General (Department) completed a Strategic Plan for the State Allocated FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) program.  The CESF program consists of a state allocation of $3,642,919 (administered by the Department) and four local allocations totaling $1,890,028. The local allocations were awarded by U.S. Department of Justice directly to the counties: City & County of Honolulu $1,296,475; Maui County $260,083; Hawaii County $246,300; Kauai County $87,170.  The Department’s role is to administer the state allocated CESF and to ensure that the funds are used in the most advantageous and coordinated manner and when possible, CESF is not duplicative with other Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

The Department’s strategy for the state allocated CESF is based on the April 2020 survey of needs for state allocated CESF to address COVID-19; the SLEC and GCOC members and Local JAG recipients status as a recipient or subrecipient of other CARES funding as of May 31, 2020; and the Department’s goal to expend $2,600,000 of the state allocated CESF by December 30, 2020, the same end date as the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).

FY 2020 CESF Grantee Resources:



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 [email protected] to be posted on this Training Events Bulletin Board.