Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program [CFDA # 16.738]

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG program is intended to support a range of activities to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system. JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as criminal justice-related research and evaluation activities.

JAG funds support various components of the criminal justice system, from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.


  • Law Enforcement Programs
  • Prosecution and Court Programs
  • Prevention and Education Programs
  • Corrections and Community Corrections Programs
  • Drug Treatment and Enforcement Programs
  • Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement Programs
  • Crime Victim and Witness Programs other than compensation

Prohibited Uses of Byrne JAG Funds
JAG funds may not be expended outside of the JAG purpose areas. Even within the purpose areas, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.

Unless BJA certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist, making them essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order, JAG funds may not be used directly or indirectly to provide for any of the following:

  • Vehicles (excluding police cruisers), vessels (excluding police boats), or aircraft (excluding police helicopters)
  • Luxury items
  • Real estate
  • Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions)
  • Any similar matters

The Byrne/JAG Program has the following authorized Purpose Areas that outline the nature and scope of programs and projects that might be funded under it.

  • Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Forces
  • Regional K-9 Task Forces
  • Other state-level programs supporting drug enforcement
    • State Drug Task Force (GBI)
    • Training - Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC)
  • Other projects
    • IT enhancement, Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) and other technology
    • Information sharing

Applicants are only open to city, county or state government agencies.