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, such as the following:

  • Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Formula Grant (JAG)
  • Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Victim Assistance Program
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Formula Grant
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners

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


 newFY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Soliciation

June 19, 2015 – The Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division is soliciting applications from state and county government agencies (for projects to be considered) for funding under the FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program that is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice. Approximately $1,044,136 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. Read the full announcement.

Eligible Agencies:  State and county government agencies

Instructions and Forms:

 APPLICATION DEADLINE – Must be received by 4:00 p.m., July 31, 2015


Public Comment:  FY 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Application — Program Narrative

As required by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY 2015 State Solicitation for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the Department of the Attorney General (State Administering Agency for the grant) is making available for public comment its grant application. The period for public comment will run from June 9, 2015 through July 7, 2015.

Comments can be mailed to: Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division, 235 S. Beretania Street, Suite 401, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, ATTN: Dawn Martin or e-mailed to dawn.m.martin@hawaii.gov


John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program
The John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program provides funding for student loan repayment for local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors.  The Department of the Attorney General has been designated by the Governor to administer the JRJ Program for Hawaii.
The Department of the Attorney General has submitted the Hawaii FY 2015 JRJ Program Application.  However, as the FY 2015 allocation amounts for each state was not available at the time of application, the dollar amount has been set at one dollar ($). Once the FY 2015 allocation amounts are available, the dollar amount will be revised.

Public Comment:  Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Multi-Year Statewide Strategy, FY 2010-2014

Effective with the FY 2010 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) award, state administering agencies are required to develop a multi-year statewide strategy to ensure coordination and a more effective functioning of the criminal justice system.  JAG funds are intended to supplement, not supplant, non-Federal funds that would otherwise be available for activities under the JAG program.  This strategy covers the Federal Fiscal Years 2010 to 2014.

We are presently accepting written comments that may be used to refine the strategic plan.  Comments can be mailed to: Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division, 235 S. Beretania Street, Suite 401, Honolulu, Hawaii  96813, ATTN:  Shaleigh Tice or e-mailed to shaleigh.k.tice@hawaii.gov


Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Strategies

These documents are Hawaii’s strategy for funding under the FY 2004 Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Formula Grant Program, Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, and Hawaii’s application for FY 2005, FY 2006, FY 2007, FY 2008, and FY 2009 funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.


Annual Reports on the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Formula Grant Program Activities

These annual reports reflect the cumulative results of Hawaii’s state and county projects funded with the Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Grant and Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.


State of Hawaii Strategic Plan for the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant

The Department of the Attorney General receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to address violent crimes against adult female victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Strategic Plan describes the scope of these problems in Hawaii and the state strategy to address them.

Also Available


FY 2009 Recovery Act Applications

The Department of the Attorney General is the State Administering Agency (SAA), designated by the Governor, to apply for and administer FY 2009 Recovery Act Funds for the following grants:

  • Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) FY 2009 Recovery Act STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY 2009 Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program State Solicitation
  • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) FY 2009 Recovery Act Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Formula Grant Program

Applications were submitted to the appropriate federal agencies and are included below.


Navigating a Course for Peace, Domestic Violence Strategic Plan 2007-2012
(December 2006)

The 2005 Hawaii Legislature directed the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) to work with domestic violence service providers to develop a five-year strategic plan to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and to increase support to victims. The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide coalition of domestic violence service providers, was selected to develop the strategic plan, in collaboration with the DOH, Maternal and Child Health Branch. The plan is integrated in the 2007 DOH Annual Report for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Special Fund.


Hawaii Statewide Strategic Plan for Victim Services (October 2005)

This report was prepared through a collaborative statewide effort of both government and non-governmental organizations to highlight the special needs of underserved victims of crime in Hawaii, including tourist/visitors, immigrants or persons with limited English proficiency, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.


Shaping Tomorrow: The Future of Sexual Violence Programs in Hawaii  (January 2005)

Under a Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant, the Department of the Attorney General convened a multi-disciplinary Sexual Violence Strategic Planning Group of state and local criminal justice personnel, sexual violence service providers, and government stakeholders to review and make recommendations on the current status of sexual violence programs and funding. The Sex Abuse Treatment Center of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children served as the lead agency for this project.

The Sexual Violence Strategic Planning Group presents this document as a vision for the coordination and sustainability of sexual violence services throughout the State of Hawaii. The impact of sexual violence in our community is immeasurable. The planning committee considers this document a starting point for constructive dialogue.