Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $999,797)
The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program is a part of the Obama Administration's larger Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) that helps local and tribal communities develop place-based, community-oriented strategies with coordinated federal support to change neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity. The BCJI program will focus on funding efforts in two major categories. "Planning" and "Planning and Implementation". Under both categories, with a broad cross-sector partnership team, BCJI grant recipients will target neighborhoods with chronic hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies (enforcement, prevention, and intervention) to reduce crime and violence. The cross-sector partnership team will include law enforcement, neighborhood residents, a local research partner, and relevant community stakeholders.
The grant recipient will receive a planning and implementation grant to complete a new or existing strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented plan to reduce crime in a target neighborhood and then begin implementation of the plan during the project period. During the planning phase, the grant recipient will identify, verify, and prioritize crime hot spots within identified neighborhood; work with cross-sector partners and management team to develop a strategy, drawing on a continuum of approaches to address crime drivers; pursue community partnerships and leadership, building support to ensure the community is active in the process; and collaborate regularly with local law enforcement, a research partner, and the community to conduct analysis of crime drivers and an assessment of needs and available resources.
During the implementation phase, the grant recipient will convene regular, ongoing meetings with cross-sector partners; assess program implementation in collaboration with a research partner; modify strategies, as appropriate; build capacity of a cross-sector management team to continue to coordinate research; and; produce a final written summary report.
The grant recipient will oversee the planning process to include the above activities in addition to planning efforts to obtain and leverage resources and funding to further implement the strategic plan. The grant recipient will receive intensive technical assistance from BJA's selected technical assistance provider to support their planning and implementation efforts and will be required to complete and participate in any needs assessment processes, development of logic models, and/or planning tools, provided by the BJA TTA provider.