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 and Planning Branch Brochure

FY 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

for State and County Government Agencies

RELEASE DATE:  January 14, 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  4:00 p.m. on February 25, 2022

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 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program that is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice.  Approximately $673,733 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.

Eligible Agencies:  State and county government agencies

Instructions and Forms:

FY 2021 STOP VAWA Formula Grant Program

for Law Enforcement and Prosecution Agencies, and The Judiciary

RELEASE DATE:  January 5, 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 11, 2022

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation.  VAWA created several grant programs that are administered by OVW.  One of VAWA’s major grant programs is the Services-Training-Officers-Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program for states, territories, and tribal entities. Its purpose is to develop and strengthen effective responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  The STOP Formula Grant Program continues to emphasize the implementation of comprehensive strategies addressing violence against women that are sensitive to the needs and safety of victims and hold offenders accountable for their crimes.

VAWA mandates that STOP funds be distributed according to a formula plan: 25 percent for law enforcement, 25 percent for prosecution, 5 percent to the courts, and 30 percent for non-profit, non-governmental victim service providers.  The remaining 15 percent is distributed among service providers and/or criminal justice agencies at the discretion of the state.  At least 20 percent of the state’s total award must be allocated for projects in 2 or more allocations (victim services, courts, law enforcement, or prosecution) that meaningfully address sexual assault.  A minimum of 10 percent from the victim services allocation must be set aside for culturally-specific services.

STOP-funded projects must fall within at least one (1) of the twenty (20) federal VAWA Statutory Purpose Areas and one (1) or more of the state Funding Priority Areas for Law Enforcement and Prosecution Agencies, and The Judiciary.

Eligible Agencies:


Match Requirement:

  • 25 percent in-kind or cash agency match requirement

Length of Support:

  • Project period is from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. Earlier start date may be considered upon request.

Download instructions and forms below:

FY 2021 STOP VAWA Law Enforcement and Prosecution Instructions (01_2022)

FY 2021 STOP VAWA Judiciary Instructions (01_2022)

FY 2021 STOP VAWA Law Enforcement and Prosecution Fillable Forms (12_2021)

FY 2021 STOP VAWA Judiciary Fillable Forms (12_2021)

AG_CPJAD #24 VAWA Certificate of Collaboration

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.