CRIME STOPPERS GRANT APPLICATION KITS AVAILABLE
Crime Stoppers Assistance Fund (CSAF) grant application kits for Fiscal Year 2013 are now available online at https://egrants.governor.state.tx.us. The deadline for submitting grant applications is midnight on May 21, 2012.
Grants are available for up to $10,000 to cover the following expenditures common to certified local Crime Stoppers programs: hotlines and communication, campus Crime Stoppers training, and technological upgrades, including computer software for tip taking and record keeping. There are three phases to developing an application: Create, submit, and certify. An application must be certified by the Authorized Official before it is accepted by the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) for consideration. Applications not certified by the due date will not be considered for funding.
The grant review process involves:
- Grant Review—After your application has been certified, CJD will review the application for eligibility. For Crime Stoppers, eligibility means that the program must be currently certified by the Crime Stoppers Advisory Council and all quarterly statistical reports must be up to date.
- Preliminary Review Report (PRR)—If CJD determines that additional information is needed on your application, a PRR will be issued. CJD will provide notes or questions about the application at the bottom of each tab in eGrants.
- Certify PRR—After you have made the requested changes, the Authorized Official is required to recertify the application.
- Award—You will be notified by CJD if your application is being funded or not funded. If your application is awarded, the Authorized Official must formally accept the application.
In the past, applicants have encountered problems with information not being saved in eGrants as they are completing the process. To forestall this problem, every Tab must have each of the fields completed in order for the information to save. For example, an applicant worked on the Narrative Tab for almost two hours and entered information up to a certain point, saved the information, and then stepped away from the computer, expecting to complete the work on the Narrative Tab later. Then came the problem: nothing was saved! It is important to remember that eGrants times out after two hours and that each field in each Tab must have something typed in it (such as testing, update later, 123, ABC, etc.) in order for it to save. If you are not going to finish entering information on a particular Tab within the two-hour period, just type in generic information in each field and then save.
The grant period is September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2013. Grants are awarded dependent upon the availability of monies in the Crime Stoppers Assistance Fund.
For assistance with grant applications or if you have any questions, please contact Byron Bullock, Program Specialist, Texas Crime Stoppers Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-463- 1824.
Below are links to organizations that provide grant funding. Some links will open in a new window.Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division
The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section Guide to Equitable Sharing for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, April 2009 Note on page 36 included in a list of "Department of Justice examples of activities that [have] been approved in the past as qualifying to benefit from equitable sharing...fund a 'Crime Stoppers' program providing reward money..."
Download the guide in pdf format http://www.justice.gov/criminal/afmls/pdf/guidetoeq09.pdf