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Byrne/JAG and HUD/EDI Earmark Accounts

Byrne/JAG and HUD/EDI Earmark Accounts: What they Can and Cannot be Used For & Supplemental Questions You Will Be Asked


Community projects funded under this category must meet the requirements in JAG statutes and be consistent with Justice Department guidance for the program. Below are the links to the Department’s guidance and frequently asked questions regarding Byrne-JAG:

The Committee encourages community project funding designed to help improve police-community relations. Historically, the Committee has not funded vehicles or building construction or renovation as part of community project funding under this account.

Extra Questions for Byrne JAG Grant Project Requests

  • Can the project spend all the requested funds by no later than 12 months after the enactment of the Appropriations Act? (This means: Can the project spend all the requested funds between October 1, 2022, and Sept 30, 2023?)

  • If the Appropriations Committee is not able to provide the full amount of funding requested, can this project spend a smaller amount of appropriated funds within 12 months of the enactment of the Appropriations Act?

  • Is this request consistent with all current statutory and regulatory requirements of Byrne Justice Assistance Grant recipients and subrecipients?

  • Is this project intended to serve primarily youth under age 18?

  • Is this request to fund primarily the purchase of a vehicle(s)?

  • Is this request to fund the acquisition of property or the construction or renovation of a building?

  • Has the intended recipient received any COPS or Byrne-JAG funds at any time in the past ten years?  If yes, in what fiscal years and for what purposes?


Extra Questions for Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Projects

  • Can the project obligate all appropriated funds within 12 months after enactment? If not, what would be the expected date of obligation? (Can the project spend all the requested funds between October 1, 2022, and Sept 30, 2023?)

  • Does the project have other public (federal, state, local) and/or private funds committed to meet match or cost-share requirements for costs related to construction, operations, and maintenance?

    • If so, what is the source and amount of those funds?

    • NOTE: The match requirements are defined in statute. While EDI projects do not have a match requirement, other projects associated with a larger development effort may.

  • Does the project require an environmental review?

    • If so, what is the status and/or outcome of the environmental review and NEPA category of action (if applicable)?

  • Is the project primarily a service, new construction, rehabilitation, land or site acquisition, planning, or economic development project?

  • Does the project primarily benefit persons of low-income or tribal communities?

  • Does the project impact beneficiaries of HUD’s rental assistance programs (owners, public housing agencies, service providers, or tenants)?

  • Who are the community partners participating in this project?

  • If the project includes new construction or land or site acquisition activities, does it comply with local zoning requirements?

  • Is the project included or supported by an identified priority area within the community’s HUD Consolidated Plan?

    • If yes, please provide a link to the plan.

  • Is the project intended to address issues related to climate change or resiliency, civil unrest, or inequities

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