HOTCOG’s Criminal Justice Program grew out of the COG’s responsibility to conduct 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. The plans outline the needs and issues affecting law enforcement, juveniles, and victims in each county. Gaps in services, services currently provided, and services and resources the counties would like to establish in order to fill the gaps are identified in the plan. Participation in this critical aspect of the program is vital for those entities applying for funding through the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division (CJD). The Planner then develops a Regional Strategic Plan from the six county plans. The current plans are available on this page.

Criminal Justice Grant Program

The following Criminal Justice Grants are scored by the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) and supported by the Criminal Justice Planner:

  • Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
  • Juvenile Service Projects (JJTP)

After the CJAC prioritizes the grant applications and the COG’s governing body approves the priority listings, the COG submits the written priority listings 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 these grant applications. The COG will notify grantees of any changes in the funding recommendations.

Applicants are required to attend the CJD Grant Workshop in order for any application to be considered for approval by the COG.  An additional workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday  January 29th, 2020 at 9:30 am  for those that were unable to attend the two previous workshops.  Seating is limited.  If you plan to attend this workshop you must contact the CJ Planner Lana Gudgel to reserve a seat.

The Workshops will be held in the Conference room at the Heart of Texas Council of Governments building 1514 S. New Road, Waco TX.

It is mandatolry that at least one person from your agency attend one of these workshops if you are planning to apply for a grant. 

for more information contact: Lana Gudgel, Criminal Justice Planner, 254-292-1891, email


CJAC SOP fy 2020

FY 2021 Application Workshop ppt

CJAC Scoring Meeting April 8th at 9:00 AM. Applications close February 27th.

County Community Plans are Adobe Documents, to get a Word version contact

Bosque County Community Plan 2020

Falls County Community Plan 2020

Freestone County Community Plan 2020

Hill County Community Plan 2020

Limestone County Community Plan 2020

McLennan County Community Plan 2020

CJ Regional Strategic Plan 2020

CJAC Bylaws Revised 2019 PDF

FY 2019 VOCA VAWA Ap Wkshp

FY 2019 CJD  Applications

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
City of Hewitt/Cellebrite Project $10,780 87.1 awarded
City of Morgan/Vehicle Purchase $39,750 82.7 awarded
Hill Co/Probation Transport Vehicle $28,400 81.5 not funded
City of Bellmead/Forensic Equip $14,434 80.8 awarded
Bosque Co/Thermal-Night Vision $14,775 71.7 awarded
City of Clifton/Patrol Project $48,434 71.3 not funded
City of West/Patrol Vehicle $42,241 67.5 not funded
Falls County/Infrared Cameras $29,498 67.2 not funded

Juvenile Justice & Truancy Prevention (JJTP)
HOTCOG/Juvenile Justice Alternatives $54,316  97.0 awarded
Falls County/Diversion & Family Preservation $19,220  85.0 awarded $11,080

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Advocacy Center/Trauma-focused Counselor $114,254  90.7 not funded
Falls Co/Victim Services $113,227  84.4 awarded

Violence Against Women (VAWA)
City of Bellmead/Domestic Violence Detective $38,391  87.5 funded
City of Waco/Family Violence Det. & Coord. $71,056  87.4 funded
Falls Co/Special Crimes Investigator $44,730  78.0 not awarded

Contact Lana Gudgel for technical assistance with the grant process: or 254.292.1891

Criminal Justice Planning Committee

Please click here to visit the Criminal Justice Planning Committee page.