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.


Request for Proposals –

DUE:  September 28, 2015


RFP No. AG-CPJAD-VAWA-2014-WF (release date:  August 3, 2015)

Victim Services for Adult Female Victims of Domestic Violence,Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

The Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division, is requesting proposals from qualified non-profit, non-governmental agencies with IRS 501(c)(3) status, including faith-based and community organizations, to create, improve, or enhance core victim services, and/or develop, maintain or expand coordinated community responses relating to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Funding is available through the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution) Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Formula Grant, which promotes comprehensive, multidisciplinary approaches to addressing violence against women by supporting projects or initiatives that are sensitive to the needs and safety of victims and hold offenders accountable. The probable funding amount available will be up to $768,820 through the FY 2014 and FY 2015 STOP Grants. The total funding amount may be less, subject to the availability of funds. At least $29,033 from each funding year must be awarded to a qualified agency providing culturally-specific services.

The initial term of the award will be up to a 24-month period beginning January 1, 2016 or Notice to Proceed. The second year of the contract is subject to the program’s satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Applicants may request a maximum funding amount of $300,000 per project for a 24-month contract period (i.e. $150,000 per year.) Multiple contracts may be awarded under this RFP. However, multiple proposals from one agency must be physically separate and ranked according to priority by the applicant.

Proposals (one original and four copies) shall be mailed, postmarked by the United States Postal Service (USPS) no later than September 28, 2015 and received no later than 10 days from the submittal deadline. Hand-delivered proposals shall be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on September 28, 2015 at:

Department of the Attorney General
Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
235 South Beretania Street, Suite 401
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Attention: Ms. Jocelyn de Guia

The Department will conduct an RFP orientation on August 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., HST at the following location:

Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building (State Office Tower)
235 South Beretania Street, 15th floor Conference Room
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


If you are unable to attend in person, the RFP orientation will be also be available via GoToMeeting for live audio conferencing. If you would like to attend via GoToMeeting, email the RFP Contact Person no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 14, 2015 to register. Instructions on how to access the orientation via GoToMeeting will be sent once you register via email. No late registrations for GoToMeeting online conferencing will be accepted. If you plan to attend the orientation in person, you do not need to register beforehand.

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation. Written questions may be submitted prior to the orientation but no later than September 11, 2015. All written questions will receive written responses from the Department by September 18, 2015.

Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to the RFP Contact Person:

Ms. Jocelyn de Guia
Criminal Justice Planning Specialist
Department of the Attorney General
235 South Beretania Street, Suite 401
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-1054 or Fax: (808) 586-1097
Download the Request for Proposal document and forms below:

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

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.