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:

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.

BULLETIN BOARD — Upcoming Trainings

CPJAD is providing an electronic Bulletin Board for trainings for government and nonprofit agencies serving crime victims in the State.  Click here.

FY 2017 John R. Justice Grant Program Solicitation Announcement

DUE:  FEBRUARY 5, 2018


ELIGIBILITY:  For qualified state public defenders and state and local prosecutors


December 28, 2017 — 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 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned, unopened, to the sender.

Download instructions and forms below:


Resources for Grantees (all grant programs)

Effective Grant Writing = Effective Projects Training

What:  A basic lesson on writing a grant application (problem statement, goal and objectives, program activities, performance indicators, and budget).  The goal of a well written grant is two-fold: 1) it may result in an award to do the work of your agency and 2) it is a blueprint to implement an effective project. This training is specific to grant solicitations issued by CPJAD.

Trainer: Grants and Planning Branch staff

Target Audience:  Any agency interested in submitting an application to the Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division, Grants and Planning Branch.

Requirements/Instructions:  Download the Effective Grant Writing Effective Projects Training Recording (see link below). Download the Effective Grant Writing Effective Projects Training Handouts Packet for reference (see link below). You must play the training in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer. Each slide is recorded separately so you can skip slides or play slides back. The training is about an hour of recorded slides; however, the training will take 1.5 – 2 hours if you complete all the exercises.

Goals of the training include:

  • Understand the concept of the Project Effectiveness Model
  • Prepare for writing a grant proposal for CPJAD
  • Develop a clear and concise problem/need statement
  • Develop goals that will guide the solution to your problem/need statement
  • Identify SMART objectives
  • Understand how the problem statement, goals, and objectives work together
  • Implement activities that will successfully highlight your objectives
  • Develop meaningful performance indicators
  • Understand how objectives, activities, and performance indicators work together
  • Highlight the impact your project has on the problem statement
  • Develop a budget detail and explanation that outlines the costs for a successful project
  • Gather helpful resources to guide you in effective grant writing and project administration
  • Understand the do’s and don’ts of grant writing

Effective Grant Writing Effective Projects Training Recording (recorded in MS PowerPoint 2017; approximately 75 MB)

Effective Grant Writing Training Effective Projects Training Handouts Packet (pdf file)

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant serves as the funding source for projects, both government and nonprofit, which provide direct services to crime victims in Hawaii.  Established by the Crime Victims Fund, VOCA utilizes fines assessed against federal criminals as its source of funding.  The VOCA grant is administered on the national level by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.  In Hawaii, the Department of the Attorney General is the State Administering Agency.

Hawaii has received substantial increases in funding from the federal VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant, from $2.2 million in federal FY 2014 to $10.1 million in federal FY 2016. These additional funds will provide Hawaii with an opportunity to increase direct services to victims of crime. It is also important to ensure that VOCA victim assistance providers are adequately and appropriately trained in working with victims.  The Department contracted with Hoomaluhia, a Hawaii-based program of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute, to conduct a training needs assessment of victim service providers in Hawaii. A VOCA Training Advisory Committee was convened to assist with develping plans for training victim service providers in Hawaii.

Plans for Training Victim Service Providers in Hawaii

Resources for VOCA Grantees


BULLETIN BOARD — Upcoming Trainings

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 Bulletin Board.

“A Way from Violence”  with Jeff Bucholtz, M.A.

This FREE Community Event will examine how unconscious bias promotes stereotypes that lead to sexual/dating violence, victim blaming, and discrimination.  Through this exploration, participants will reflect on strategies to challenge such biases in order to promote a culture of consent, respect, and healthy relationships.

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
University of Hawaii-Manoa, Art Auditorium, Room 132

Limited Seating:  REGISTER HERE  

This event is for mature audiences 12 years and up. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 733-4182. We look forward to seeing you there!  Aloha, Rose Marie, Joanne, and Haylee

On Behalf of Nā Leo Kāne — A collaborative initiative to engage men as allies to prevent domestic and sexual violence in Hawaii.

Download the Flyer:  “A Way from Violence”


Quarterly Networking and Membership Meeting

LGBTQ Youth: Walking the Talk of Inclusive Sexual Health Education

Nora Gelperin, M.Ed.
Director of Sexuality Education and Training, Advocates for Youth

Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer are at disproportionate risk for multiple negative health outcomes including earlier onset of sexual behavior, increased number of sexual partners and decreased use of effective risk reduction strategies when compared to their heterosexual peers. Youth-serving professionals often struggle to understand the latest terminology, the nuances in LGBTQ youth culture and the most effective ways to be responsive and inclusive of the needs of sexual minority youth. This presentation will help health and education professionals understand the latest language, sexual health trends and effective strategies to better meet the needs of LGBTQ youth.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Airport Honolulu Hotel, 3401 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu HI 96819
Cost (includes lunch)
HYSN member agencies – $30.00
Other organizations and individuals – $45.00

Nora Gelperin, M.Ed. Nora is one of the co-authors of the Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Education curriculum used in all 50 states and over 60 countries around the world. She is one of the national technical assistance providers on the Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) initiative; has been a member of the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) initiative; and was part of the core team that developed the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills K-12 (2011) and National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education, (Journal of School Health, 2014).

Application pending for CEUs for Social Workers and Certified Substance Abuse Counselors

To register:  Click on this link:

If you have difficulty with registration, please call Regina Jacobs at 808-489-9549 Ext. 2
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Airline subsidies for Neighbor Island HYSN member agencies
1 round trip ticket for HYSN member agencies.  Contact Regina Jacobs (808-489-9549 ext. 2 or with your travel request.


Grant Manuals

The Grants and Planning Branch issues Grant Manuals for specific programs that are administered by the Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division, Grants and Planning Branch.  The manual is a resource for Grantees who receive funds from the Department of the Attorney General. 

Each Grant Manual provides background information, award procedures, and administrative and fiscal requirements (e.g., reporting requirements, monitoring, allowable/unallowable costs, project activities, use of funds, etc.) specific to the grant specified on the title page.  The manual includes financial forms, certificates and assurances, miscellaneous CPJAD forms, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers section.


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 2017 JRJ Program Application.  The Department applied for a total of $97,110 and was awarded a total of $33,001 for the Hawaii FY 2017 JRJ Program.

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Strategies

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 period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018.

Also Available

These documents are Hawaii’s strategy and applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for FY 2004, FY 2005, FY 2006, FY 2007, FY 2008, FY 2009, and FY 2010-2014.


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.

Mapping a Pathway to Safety: A Community Safety Assessment of the City and County of Honolulu Protective Order Process (June 2016)

This report was partially supported by a Violence Against Women Act Subgrant Number 12-WF-07 awarded by the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General to the Hawaii State Judiciary.

The Honolulu Community Safety Assessment (CSA) Project is a problem-solving process for determining a more effective intervention in domestic violence cases with the goals of enhancing safety of families and communities, while ensuring accountability when intervening in cases involving intimate partner violence. The project uses the nationally recognized model developed by Praxis International, and is based on the premise that workers are institutionally organized to do their jobs in particular ways — they are guided by the forms, policies, philosophy, and routine work practices of their respective institution. The CSA is designed to allow an interagency assessment team to work with a multidisciplinary body of public and domestic violence advocacy organizations, to identify how problems are produced in the structure of case processing and management. The process focused on the critical Assessment Question: How does our Temporary Restraining Order/Protection Order application and issuance process allow us to keep victims safe, and thereby hold offenders accountable?

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.