Limited Submission: Improving Justice and Mental Health Collaboration: Training and Technical Assistance to Grantees and the Field FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Improving Justice and Mental Health Collaboration: Training and Technical Assistance to Grantees and the Field Program. This program furthers the Department’s priorities by providing training and technical assistance to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and their partner mental health and substance abuse authorities to reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illnesses.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

BJA expects to make up to two awards with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4,340,000.


Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations (including tribal organizations) and for-profit (commercial and tribal) organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Competitive applicants will include partnership with a police organization or association that has the capacity to consult and engage communities on issues of improved justice system and public health responses to people with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA).

Selection Criteria
  • Description of the issue (15 percent)
  • Project Design and Implementation (40 percent)
  • Capabilities and Competencies (30 percent)
  • Plan for Collecting the Data required for this Solicitation’s Performance Measures (5 percent)
  • Budget (10 percent)

Please read through all review criteria on page 31 of the solicitation.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contac:

  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
  • 1-800–851–3420

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