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Part E - Developing, Testing And Demonstrating Promising New Programs

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Part E - Developing, Testing And Demonstrating Promising New Programs


Federal Agency




Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, Sections 261, 262, Public Law 93-415, as amended; Public Laws 95-503, 95-115, 96-509, 98-473, 100-690, and 102-586, 42 U.S.C. 5601 et seq.






To develop and implement programs that design, test, and demonstrate effective approaches, techniques and methods for preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency such as community based- alternatives to institutional confinement; developing and implementing effective means of diverting juveniles from the traditional juvenile justice system; programs stressing advocacy activities aimed at improving services to youth impacted by the juvenile justice system; model programs to strengthen and maintain the family unit including self-help programs; prevention and treatment programs relating to juveniles who commit serious crimes; programs to prevent hate crimes; programs to provide aftercare and reintegration services; programs to prevent youth gun and gang violence.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts); Provision of Specialized Services.


Uses and Use Restrictions

To be eligible for an Award or contract under Part E, an applicant must: (1) respond to legislative requirements contained in Section 261 (a) and (b) of the JJDP Act, as amended as well as specific program guidelines issued by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); (2) be consistent with the objectives and priorities of OJJDP and the State's comprehensive juvenile justice and delinquency prevention plan; (3) provide for proper program administration, evaluation, and fiscal reporting; (4) demonstrate, in the overall quality of the proposal, that the program is technically sound and will achieve the required program objectives at the highest possible level; and (5) respond to clear and documentable needs.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Part E funds are available under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to public and private nonprofit agencies, organizations, individuals, Indian Tribal government, State and local units of government, combinations of State or local units. (Section 263 of JJDP Act as Amended.)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public and private youth serving agencies/organizations, State and local units of government, combinations of such units, or other private agencies, organizations, institutions or individuals.


Administration and cost appropriateness will be determined in accordance with the provisions of OMB circulars and government-wide common rules applicable to grants and cooperative agreements, including OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Program announcements will provide instructions regarding the necessity of submission to single State agencies. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has identified the program for review. This program is ecluded form coverage in E.O.12372.

Application Procedure

The applicant must submit an application electronically through the Office of Justice Programs' Grant Management System or as directed by the program announcement. Applicants are expected to address each concern or requirement in the guidelines as clearly and specifically as possible, giving particular attention to goal and objective statements, methodology and data requirements. A peer review group is established as mandated in Section 262(d)(1)(A) of JJDP Act and applications are rated and ranked in relation to pre-defined selection criteria. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 and the Common Rule.

Award Procedure

Assistance awards and contracts are awarded directly to applicants or may be awarded to State agencies established to administer the JJDP Act Formula Grant Program or a National Program Coordinator with a subgrant or contract to successful applicants for program administration and implementation. In either instance, both grantees and subgrantees are notified of a pending award.


Published in program announcements or requests for proposals.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 3 months.


Informal reconsideration by Administrator for assistance applicants, administrative hearings for assistance award terminations. See CFR Part 18, 50 FR 28199, July 11, 1985.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants awarded under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act do not require a cash match.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Initial Awards usually are made for 12 to 36 months with further funding based upon the project period, grantee performance, and availability of funds. Drawdowns are possible under a Letter of Credit.


Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual progress reports and quarterly financial reports are required.


All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for three years after the date of the final report.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 $830,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance



Program Accomplishments

In FY 2006, OJJDP provided funding to over 350 Congressional earmark programs across the nation. Programs funded focused on preventing, reducing, and controlling juvenile delinquency. Examples of the types of programs funded include: mentoring, gang prevention and intervention, truancy reduction, bullying, life skills development for youth, school-based mental health, schoolbased probation, aftercare/reentry, family strengthening/parenting, and diversion programs. In FY 2007, Part E funds were used to support over 30 grant awards in three program areas: national juvenile justice programs; substance abuse prevention and intervention programs; and prevention and intervention programs.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Developing, Testing and Demonstrating Promising New Programs awards are governed by the OJP Financial Guide which is available upon request.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-5914. Use the same number for FTS.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

16.540, Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention-Allocation To States
16.542, Part D - Research, Evaluation, Technical Assistance and Training.


Examples of Funded Projects

Under the Demonstration Programs discretionary program Developing, Testing and Demonstrating Promising New Programs Program, several programs were continued in FY 2007. Examples of funded projects include Girls and Boys Town USA Father Flanagan; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America; FirstPic; and Boys and Girls clubs of America. In addition, over 30 grant awards were made in three program areas: national juvenile justice programs; substance abuse prevention and intervention programs; and prevention and intervention programs.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Specific criteria are applied that are related to the particular program areas under which projects are funded. The criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcements. Applications undergo a competitive peer review process as outlined in the OJJDP Competition and Peer Review Policy 28 CFR Part 34.


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