HOTCOG’s Criminal Justice Program is responsible for criminal justice planning for the six-county region. Each year the Criminal Justice Planner facilitates the development of Community Plans for all counties within the Heart of Texas Council of Governments’ region by bringing together community planners in each county. The plans identify needs and gaps in services affecting law enforcement, juveniles, mental health issues, and victims services in each county. Services currently being provided and resources for the counties are listed in the plans as well. Participation in this critical aspect of the program is vital for those entities applying for funding through the Criminal Justice Division because a Regional Strategic Plan is updated annually and regional priorities are identified during this process.
Annually, the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division (CJD) provides grant opportunities and calls for Requests for Proposals (RFPs). The application process for Justice Assistance Grants (JAG), Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Violence Against Women (VAWA), and Juvenile Justice Delinquency Program (JJDP) is facilitated through the HOTCOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC). The committee will review and score the applications which are then approved by the HOTCOG Executive Committee and ultimately provided to CJD for processing.
For more information or technical assistance contact:
County Community Plans
FY 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018) Grant Funding Process
Applications for VOCA, VAWA, JJDP, & JAG open in eGrants https://egrants.gov.texas.gov/Default.aspx December 19th and close February 20th. Go to the CALENDAR page to find the RFAs for each. Mandatory Application Workshop will be at HOTCOG, January 12th at 2:00 PM. If your agency is going to apply for funds through the HOTCOG/CJAC process, someone from your agency must attend this workshop. CJAC Scoring Meeting will be at HOTCOG April 12th at 9:00 AM.
Grant Funding Status for FY 2017 CJD Funding Applications (September 2016 -August 2017)
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
Falls County/In-car computers & cameras $161,569 84.1 $75,000 Awarded
Wortham PD/Systems Improvement $44,733 83.1 $30,000 Awarded
City of Clifton/Equipment $72,254 80.9 $20,000 Awarded
Falls County/Patrol Vehicle $72,254 80.7 Not Awarded
City of Bellmead/CJD Vehicle$28,551 80.5 Not Awarded
City of Marlin/Vehicle & Equipment Purchase $71,364 79.0 Not Awarded
Meridian PD/Patrol Vehicle $50,930 71.3 Not Awarded
City of West/Vehicles & MDTs $97,632 68.0 Not Awarded
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP)
HOTCOG/Juvenile Justice Alternatives $54,221 89.3 Awarded
Falls County/Diversion & Family Preservation Provider $42,000 84.6 $25,923 Awarded
Hill County/JRO/Truancy Prevention Program $40,000 80.3 $25,923 Awarded
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Falls County/Victim Services $115,977 92.9 Awarded 24 month grant
Violence Against Women (VAWA)
City of Bellmead/Domestic Violence Detective $34,758 91.5 Awarded
City of Waco/Family Violence Detective & Coordinator $25,785 86.0 Awarded
Applicants: PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, AFTER THE CJAC PRIORITIZES THE GRANT APPLICATIONS AND THE COG’S GOVERNING BODY APPROVES THE PRIORITY LISTING, THE COG SUBMITS THE WRITTEN PRIORITY LISTING TO CJD. BASED UPON THE COG’S PRIORITY LISTING, CJD WILL VERIFY THE ELIGIBILITY, REASONABLENESS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS STRATEGY OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING, AND WILL RENDER FINAL FUNDING DECISIONS ON THE GRANT APPLICATIONS. THE COG WILL NOTIFY GRANTEES OF ANY CHANGES IN THE FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS.
Cindy Rafter, Criminal Justice Planner – (254) 292-1891