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.

Request for Proposals — February 8, 2018

Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant Program


The Department of the Attorney General (the “Department”), as the State Administering Agency for the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant Program, is requesting proposals from qualified applicants to (1) create, improve, or enhance core victim services; and/or (2) develop, maintain, or expand innovative services to assist victims of crime.

The Federal Rules for the VOCA Victim Assistance Grant Program, 28 C.F.R. Part 94, define “services” as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional, psychological, or physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist victims to stabilize their lives after victimization; (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; or (4) restore a measure of security and safety for the victim.

The contract term will begin on or around July 1, 2018 and may extend through June 30, 2020. No extensions will be granted. Multiple contracts will be awarded under this request for proposals. Non-profit organizations and government agencies, or a combination of the two, are encouraged to apply.

Proposals shall be mailed, postmarked by the United States Postal Service, on or before March 23, 2018, and received no later than ten (10) days from the submittal deadline. Hand delivered proposals shall be delivered no later than 4:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (“HST”), on March 23, 2018, at the drop-off site designated on the Proposal Mail-In and Delivery Information Sheet. Proposals postmarked or hand-delivered after the submittal deadline shall be rejected as late. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) orientation to be conducted by the Department:

  • Oahu – February 20, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. HST, at the Kukui Children’s Center, 245 N. Kukui St., #103, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hawaii Island – February 22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST, at the Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 655 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii, with a video conferencing to 81-980 Haleki’i Street, Suite 150, Kealakekua, Hawaii for prospective applicants in the Kona area
  • Maui – February 26, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST, at Child Welfare Services, 1885 Main Street, Room #306, Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Kauai – February 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST at the Department of Water, 4398 Pua Loke Street, Lihue, Hawaii (Park in the “park and ride” parking lot.)
  • If you are unable to attend an RFP orientation in person, an RFP orientation will also be available via GoToMeeting on February 28, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Prospective applicants may register for the RFP orientation via GoToMeeting by emailing the RFP point-of-contact no later than 1:30 p.m. HST on February 27, 2018. 

The deadline for submission of written questions is 1:00 p.m. HST on March 1, 2018. All written questions will receive a written response from the Department on or about March 8, 2018.

RFP Coordinator/Contact Person
        Ms. Calleen Ching
        Grants and Planning Branch Chief
        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:


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.

15th Hawaii International Summit
Preventing, Assessing & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan April 16-19, 2018
Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Nationally and internationally recognized presenters and local practitioners come together to discuss the latest research, assessment methods, interventions, and prevention strategies for children, adolescents and adults who have been traumatized, abused, and/or victimized.

Summit Tracks

  1. Child Trauma/Education
  2. Adolescent Trauma/Youth Violence/Education
  3. Adult/Elder/Family Trauma
  4. Prevention/Early Intervention/Education
  5. Intimate Partner Violence
  6. Trauma in Military Personnel, Veterans & Their Families
  7. The Healthcare System, Violence & Trauma
  8. The Criminal Justce & Legal Systems, Violence & Trauma
  9. Sex & Labor Trafficking
  10. Sexual Assault/Victimization
  11. Trauma in General


Sponsored by:  Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)

For more information, please visit or contact


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.