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Opportunity for Funding

Swift, Certain and Fair (SCF) Microgrants:

Improving Responses to the Needs and Behaviors of People on Community Supervision

Who may apply:

Local, county, state, territorial, or federally recognized tribal governments and tribal or nonprofit organizations that provide services in partnership with an eligible government agency.

Number and size of microgrants to be awarded:

6 to 8 awards of up to $150,000 each.  While the maximum award is $150,000, proposed budgets should reflect project objectives and activities.

Period of performance:

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Application due date:

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET, ##/##/##. Award notifications will be made by ##/##/##.

How to apply:

Visit www.scfcenter.org to access the online application for funding.

All proposed expenses must adhere to federally allowed costs: details are at DOJ Grants Financial Guide 2022 | III.  Postaward Requirements.

For more information, contact the SCF Center at info@scfcenter.org.  Please put “microgrant” in the subject line.

Tips for success:

Synopsis: The Swift Certain Fair Resource Center (SCF Center) is soliciting short, web-based applications for microgrants to implement swift, certain, and/or fair (SCF) principles to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people on community supervision.

What is a microgrant?
Microgrants are an opportunity to begin initiatives and support projects that use SCF principles. Microgrants are easier to apply for, more flexible, and awarded more quickly than conventional federal grants. These microgrants empower communities to address local challenges as they work to improve outcomes for people on community supervision.

What is the SCF Center?
The SCF Center is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to support implementing swift, certain, and/or fair (SCF) responses in community supervision. The SCF Center provides resources and materials and free training and technical assistance to eligible programs. They encourage and support innovation, experimentation, and evaluation in community supervision. With these microgrants, the SCF Center will provide training and technical assistance to grantees, including stakeholder coordination, adapting policies and procedures to address local needs in an SCF manner, coordinating peer-to-peer support, and best practices in community supervision. The SCF Center will assist with grantees’ financial and performance reports and data collection. Examples of activities that can be funded: These are examples only, and applicants may propose activities not on this list.

  • Craft and/or implement a new policy that ensures SCF responses to both positive and negative client behaviors.
  • Implement a response grid that includes SCF incentives/rewards and sanctions that respond to both positive and negative client behaviors.
  • Provide a dedicated staff person to work on SCF responses.
  • Strengthen existing partnerships between community-based organizations and government agencies.
  • Undertake new partnerships with behavioral-health providers or other community-based organizations.
  • Improve clients’ access to treatment, including subsidizing costs to ensure SCF access.
  • Subsidize transportation to improve access to services or SCF behavioral responses.
  • Increase SCF responsivity to clients’ needs.
  • Purchase authorized equipment or supplies to enhance SCF responses to client behaviors.
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning activities.
  • Travel to professional conferences or meetings.

Funding for this project made available by Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant #15PBJA-21-GK-02618-PRJH. BJA helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, lower recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA provides a wide range of resources—including grants, funding, and training and technical assistance—to law enforcement, courts, corrections agencies, treatment providers, reentry practitioners, justice information sharing professions, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. To learn more about BJA, visit bja.ojp.gov or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DOJBJA) and X (@DOJBJA). BJA is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.