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Grant Opportunities

Federal and State Grant Programs are available for which local, county and state agencies, as well as nonprofit agencies, are eligible. Depending on the grant program, funding is available to potential grantees on either a formula or competitive basis.
You may also download the Federal Civil Rights Compliance Policy for Addressing Discrimination Complaints. You may download the Subrecipient Civil Rights Compliance Training as required under certain grant awards.

Notice(s) of Available Funds
Notice(s) of Available Funds (NOAF)
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Byrne Justice Assistance Grant
Agency:
Criminal Justice
Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org

 

JAG funding is authorized through the federal Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and is made available to the states to fund innovative programs to address drug and violent crime issues. Funding is utilized to support a number of state, county, and local law enfo cement related programs that are designed to improve New Jersey’s criminal justice system

The Division of Criminal Justice develops a statewide criminal justice strategy for the use of the funds awarded under JAG. Disbursement of funds is based on the needs assessment conducted each fall by the Section. The needs assessment is completed utilizing input received from a wide variety of law enforcement agencies.

BJA also provides funds directly to local law enforcement agencies under JAG.


Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws
Funding Source:
OJJDP

Agency:
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Contact:
Kelly Troilo
609-984-2656
Kelly.Troilo@lps.state.nj.us
 

In 1998, the federal government announced that States could now apply for block grants to administer programs designed to combat underage drinking. Additional money was made available for discretionary grants for the same purpose.
The New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) was designated by the Governor’s Office as the lead agency to administer this grant program. Since that time, the ABC has administered a wide variety of sub-grants for programs that include both public awareness and education efforts, community-based strategies, and enforcement initiatives.

Efforts include the nationally recognized Cops in Shops program, Fatal Vision Goggles, a “Dangers of Underage Drinking” billboard/calendar middle school program, as well as a variety of programs with the higher education community designed to combat underage drinking in and around the college campus.


Cops in Shops

Cops-in-Shops

Funding Source:
Highway Traffic Safety

Agency:
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Contact:
Susan Dolan
609-633-6081
Susan.Dolan@lps.state.nj.us
 

The Cops-in-Shops Summer & College Initiative program was initiated by the Attorney General in February 1996. The program is a cooperative effort between the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS) and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), with funds supplied by HTS. This program allows undercover law enforcement officers to join forces with local retail establishments to deter the sale of alcohol to underage individuals and to stop adults from attempting to purchase alcohol for people under the legal age. This grant is a noncompetitive grant and the applicant must meet certain criteria.


NJ Victim Assistance Grant Program
Funding Source:
Federal Victims of Crime Acts (VOCA) Formula Grant

Agency:
Division of Criminal Justice
Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org
 

The federal Office for Victims of Crime provides the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy (SOVWA) formula allocations under the VOCA Victim Assistance grant program. These funds are used by the SOVWA to provide direct services to crime victims. The Victims of Crime Act enumerates the kinds of services that are eligible for funding under this grant program. Funds from this program are awarded to the county offices of Victim Witness Advocacy in each of the 21 county Prosecutors' offices. Additionally, the SOVWA also provides direct funding to victim services agencies through the competitive Notice of Availability of Funds (NOAF) process.


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) - Title II Formula
Funding Source:
Department of Justice

Agency:
Juvenile Justice Commission
Contact:
Kylthia Roberts
609-341-5019
kylthia.roberts@njjjc.org
 

Title II Formula Funds provide support to state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and fund juvenile justice system improvements. The Title II Program requires that two-thirds of the formula allocation be made available for local juvenile justice and delinquency prevention improvement initiatives. Funds are distributed to community-based organizations or units of local government through Notice of Availability of Funds (NOAFs).


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Title V Incentive
Funding Source:
Department of Justice

Agency:
Juvenile Justice Commission
Contact:
Kylthia Roberts
609-341-5019
kylthia.roberts@njjjc.org
 

Title V Incentive Funds provide for local delinquency prevention programs. All of the funds are used for local projects and a match is provided by the local agency. Notice of Availability of Funds (NOAF) are issued and application are reviewed and scored. Applicant units of government must be in compliance with the deinstitutionalization, separation, jail removal and disproportionate minority confinement core requirements of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.


National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)
Funding Source:
Department of Justice

Agency:
Office of the Attorney General
Contact:
Kelly Ottobre
609-292-4478
kelly.ottobre@lps.state.nj.us
 

The main thrust of NCHIP is to demonstrate the Department of Justice's continuing commitment to building an accurate and useful national system of criminal records. Since the inception of the program in FY95, funds received to date have been utilized to integrate all of the various computerized systems including the State Police Criminal History Records System (CCH) and the AOC's Criminal, Municipal and Family Court Systems and the classification systems utilized by the Department of Corrections. Funding is also being used to upgrade the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) of the Division of State Police as well as to expand their live scan fingerprinting initiative. Projects funded by NCHIP are determined by the CJIS Advisory Committee which is comprised of representatives from the Department of Law & Public Safety, with members from the Office of the Attorney General, the Divisions of State Police and Criminal Justice and the Juvenile Justice Commission. It also includes representatives from the Governor’s Office, Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Corrections, Office of Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Victims of Crime Compensation Board, New Jersey County Jail Warden’s Association, State Parole Board, as well as the State Chief’s of Police Association.


Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT)
Agency:
Criminal Justice

Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org

 

In FY 1996, Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, initiated the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program. The monies are used to fund residential substance abuse treatment programs within state and local correctional facilities in which prisoners are incarcerated for a period of time sufficient to permit six to twelve months of treatment.

Funds under this program have been awarded to the Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Justice Commission to operate adult and juvenile treatment programs. Funding is also allocated for local correctional facilities that meet the criteria defined by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program (BVP)
Agency:
Criminal Justice

Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org
 

The purpose of this Program is to save the lives of law enforcement officers by helping States, units of local government and tribal governments equip their officers with bulletproof vests.

Funding is provided by the Department of Justice directly to local agencies. The Program Development and Grants Unit oversees the funding provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance for State level agencies that submit an application. Federal funds may be used to pay up to 50 percent of the costs of the purchased bulletproof vests.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Federal Highway Administration - Section 402 Program
Funding Source:
NHTSA/FHWA

Agency:
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Contact:
Gary Poedubicky
609-633-9014
Gary.Poedubicky@lps.state.nj.us
 

On behalf of the Governor, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (DHTS) is responsible for developing and implementing the New Jersey Highway Safety Program which consists of a comprehensive plan to reduce traffic crashes and deaths and injuries, and property damage resulting therefrom. The Plan is reviewed by the Attorney General and when approved, is submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When approval is received from NHTSA, the DHTS is responsible for administering the federal highway traffic safety funds and processing and administering grants of these moneys to State agencies and political subdivisions. Funds received initiate projects in the following areas: alcohol and other drug countermeasures, police traffic services/speed control, occupant protection, pedestrian safety, motorcycle safety, youth traffic safety programs, community traffic safety programs, school bus safety, traffic records, and roadway safety.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Section 157 Grant Program to Support Increased Seat Belt Use Rates
Funding Source:
NHTSA

Agency:
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Contact:
Gary Poedubicky
609-633-9014
Gary.Poedubicky@lps.state.nj.us
 

Section 157 grant funds (formula and discretionary) are used to support projects that are known to be effective in increasing seat belt use rates. Funding received under this program is awarded to the State Police and local police departments for stepped up highway programs to raise the compliance rate with the seat belt law and child restraint law and further reduce the incident of motor vehicle occupant injuries and deaths.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Section 405 Occupant Protection Incentive Grant Program
Funding Source:
NHTSA

Agency:
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Contact:
Gary Poedubicky
609-633-9014
Gary.Poedubicky@lps.state.nj.us
 

Section 405 funds can only be used for the implementation and enforcement of occupant protection programs. A portion of the funding received under this program is utilized to support the Special Traffic Enforcement (STEP) program. STEP is an occupant restraint enforcement and educational program that is implemented within local communities. The program involves the participation of the State Police as well as sixty-four (64) local police departments who conduct a publicity and enforcement campaign to increase the rate of compliance with occupant protection laws. The program will be operational over a twelve month period and will consist of three waves. Each wave will consist of five phases: usage surveys (first week), press conference (second week), public information campaign (third and fourth weeks), enforcement program (fifth through twelfth week) and a post-survey.

Section 405 funding is also used to provide child passenger safety technician training on a statewide basis. By the end of 2000, a total of 275 individuals will have been trained and certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians through funding provided under the Section 405 program.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Section 410 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Prevention Grant Program
Funding Source:
NHTSA
Agency:
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Contact:
Gary Poedubicky
609-633-9014
Gary.Poedubicky@lps.state.nj.us
 

Funding received under this program can only be used for the implementation and enforcement of alcohol-impaired driving prevention programs. Section 410 funds are utilized for Cops-in-Shops initiatives in/around college towns and shore resorts, Project Graduation/Prom nights as well as drug evaluation/classification initiatives.


Homeland Security Grant Program
Funding Source:
Department of Homeland Security
Agency:

NJ Office of Homeland Security Preparedness
Contact:

Steven C. Talpas
609-584-4811
Steven.Talpas@lps.state.nj.us
 

The FY06 HSGP integrates the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP), Citizen Corps Program (CCP), Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), and the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) programs into a single application kit.

The SHSP provides funds for the purchase of specialized equipment to enhance the capability of state and local agencies to prevent, respond to, and mitigate incidents of terrorism involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) weapons and cyber attacks; for costs related to the design, development, and conduct of a state CBRNE and cyber security training programs and attendance at G&T-sponsored CBRNE training courses; for costs related to the design, development, conduct, and evaluation of CBRNE and cyber security exercises.


Juvenile Accountability Block Grant
Funding Source:
Department of Justice
Agency:
Juvenile Justice Commission
Contact:
Safiya L. Baker
609-341.3632
Safiya.Baker@njjjc.org
 
 

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) was designated to be the lead agency to administer this formula grant program when it was first introduced in FY98. The JABG program is intended to address the problem of juvenile crime by promoting greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. A cash match of 10% is required for all projects, including funds used for administrative purposes. The JABG program requires that units of local government receive 75% of the total award, with the remaining 25% being retained by the JJC. Funds are provided to local units of government based on a formula developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) that must be expended on seventeen program purpose areas.


STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Funding Source:
Department of Justice
Agency:
Division of Criminal Justice
Contact:
Sandra McGowan
609-896-8855

mcgowans@njdcj.org
Grant Application Forms and Instructions

The STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program provides the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy (SOVWA) a formula grant allocation under the Violence Against Women Act, authorized for funding in the 1994 Crime Bill. Federal rules allow 10% of the total VAWA award to be used to administer the grant program. The balance of the funding must be allocated as follows: 25% to law enforcement, 25% to prosecution, 30% to victims services, 15% discretionary and 5% to courts. Pursuant to new federal regulations, in 2003 the Division of Criminal Justice and SOVWA formed a statewide VAWA Advisory Committee to develop a Three-Year Implementation Plan, approved by the Office of Violence Against Women, to ensure continuation of services, opportunities for program expansions and introduction of new programs.


Emergency Management Performance Grant
Funding Source:
Department of Homeland Security, DHS
Agency:
Division of State Police
Contact:
Major Drew Lieb
609-882-2000 Ext.6161
 

Funding received under the EMPG program is utilized by the Division of State Police for the salary, fringe benefits, equipment, supplies, and indirect costs associated with 26 enlisted and civilian OEM staff positions. Funding also supports OEM staff attendance at a variety of federally-sponsored conferences and training courses as well as instructional fees. EMPG funding totaling $1,222,113 is also subgranted to the 21 county OEM offices and 93 municipal OEM offices. Pass-through funding provided to county and municipal OEM offices is used to maintain effective local emergency management preparedness and response programs. Funding supports the development, maintenance, and communication of plans, procedures, and supporting documents.


VOCA Victim Assistance Program
Funding Source:
Department of Justice
Agency:
Division of Criminal Justice, State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org
 

The Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) provides the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy (SOVWA) formula allocations under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant Program. SOVWA awards these funds to subgrantees who provide direct services to crime victims. VOCA guidelines allow for up to 5% of each year’s grant to be used to administer the Program. State grantees also have the option of retaining up to 1% of each year’s grant for conducting statewide and/or regional trainings for victim services staff. VOCA enumerates the types of direct services eligible for funding under this grant program. A minimum allocation of 10% must be awarded to subgrantees providing direct services to crime victims in each of the four categories: sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and underserved populations as victims with disabilities, language barriers, living in isolated locations and homicide survivors (as determined by the state grantee). This allocation requirement may be waived if the state grantee can document to OVC that a category of crime victims is currently receiving a significant amount of financial assistance from the state or other funding sources, a smaller amount of financial assistance or no assistance is needed or crime rates have diminished for the particular type of crime. VOCA funds are awarded to each of the 21 County Prosecutors’ Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy, SANE/SART programs and DCJ programs (NJ VINE, Bias Crimes, Victim Services). SOVWA also provides direct funding to non-profit victim services agencies through the competitive Notice of Availability of Funds (NOAF).

Safe and Secure Communities
Funding Source:
State Appropriations
Agency:
Division of Criminal Justice
Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org
 


The Safe and Secure Communities Program, enacted into law in 1993, is designed to provide municipalities with funding to add law enforcement personnel vital to effective police operations and other crime related strategies as warranted by the needs of the community. The program allows for the funding of additional officers or funding of law enforcement support personnel which would free-up officers for direct law enforcement activities. Currently, there are approximately 160 municipalities receiving funds for 345 officers and 13 non-police support staff.


Victim Witness Advocacy Funds
Funding Source:
Surcharge on criminal penalties
Agency:
Division of Criminal Justice
Contact:
Sandra McGowan
609-896-8855
mcgowans@njdcj.org
 

The State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy receives funding from the Victim of Crimes Compensation Board for distribution to agencies providing direct services to victims. A formula allocation is used to determine the specific amount to be awarded to the agencies. Funds are used to support the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy in the Division of Criminal Justice and the Victim Witness offices located in the 21 counties. Funds remaining may be granted to eligible municipal or nonprofit agencies.


Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund
Funding Source:
Surcharge on drunk driving convictions
Agency:
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Contact:
Gary Poedubicky
609-633-9014
Gary.Poedubicky@lps.state.nj.us
 

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is responsible for the administration of the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund program. These funds are obtained through the assessment of surcharges on defendants convicted of violating N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. These funds are made available to eligible municipalities based on the balance in the respective municipalities' accounts. The municipalities are notified of the account balances on a quarterly basis and can make application to the Division of Highway Traffic Safety for their funds. The funds are used for overtime enforcement related to drunk driving enforcement activities and for enhancements such as equipment for use in drunk driving activities.


State/Community Partnership
Funding Source:
State Appropriation
Agency:
Juvenile Justice Commission
Contact:
Safiya L. Baker
609-341.3632
Safiya.Baker@njjjc.org
 

The State/Community Partnership program supports sanctions and services for juveniles adjudicated or charged delinquent and programs aimed at the prevention of juvenile delinquency, through grants to County Youth Services Commissions. In addition, the Partnership programs' goals also are to increase the range of sanctions for juveniles adjudicated delinquent; reduce overcrowding in state juvenile institutions and other facilities to ensure adequate bed space for serious, violent and repetitive offenders; reduce overcrowding in county detention facilities; provide greater access to community-based sanctions and services for minority and female offenders; expand programs designed to prevent juvenile delinquency; and promote public safety by reducing recidivism. Each county receives funds for program management and for program services. These funds are determined by a formula allocation. Applications are reviewed and scored by Juvenile Justice Commission staff.


Body Armor Replacement Fund
Funding Source:
State Appropriation
Agency:
Division of Criminal Justice
Contact:
Program Development/Grants Section
609-292-5939
dcjgrants@njdcj.org
 

The Body Armor Replacement Fund is funded through a $1 surcharge to each fine, penalty or forfeiture imposed and collected by a judge under authority of any law for any violation of the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes. Moneys collected and deposited in the Fund are used in making grants to local and state law enforcement agencies for the purchase of body vests.

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  Accounting System
presents and classifies costs as required for budgetary and evaluation purposes; provides cost and property control to ensure optimal use of funds; controls funds/resources to assure conformance with general or special conditions

 
  Affiliation Agreement
between two or more agencies for specified activities to be undertaken by each agency in order to carry out the funded project

 
  Allowable Activities and Costs
project activities and expenses outlined in the Program Guidelines which can be included in the budget

 
  Approved Application
application for grant funds approved by the granting agency

 
  Approved Project Budget
budget approved by the granting agency

 
  Appropriation
actual level of funding for the program approved in the federal budget

 
  Authorization
legislation enacted by Congress which provides for a particular program

 
  Award
grants, cooperative agreements, subgrants, interagency agreements, contracts, or some other type of agreement

 
  Awarding Agency
the Federal government or the next higher authority, i.e. the State agency administering the formula award or the Federal agency administering the discretionary award

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  Budget
estimated cost of the project activities

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  Cognizant Federal Agency
the Federal agency that generally provides the most Federal financial assistance to the recipient of funds. Cognizance is assigned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Cognizant agency assignments for the largest cities and counties are published in the Federal Register

 
  CFDA Number
catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance

 
  Competitive Grant
is one in which eligible applicants are solicited to submit concept papers. At the conclusion of the solicitation period, all received concept papers are assessed and ranked. The highest ranked applicants are then eligible for an award upon their completion of all necessary administrative requirements. Their award amount may be linked to their ranking.

 
  Contract
entered into by the agency making the award and the recipient or subrecipient; may be a public agency, nonprofit or profit making agency

 
  Cooperative Agreement
awards to states, units of local government or private organizations at the discretion of the awarding agency; these agreements are utilized when substantial involvement is anticipated between the awarding agency and the recipient during performance of the contemplated activity

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  Direct Costs
expenses under the grant that can be identified specifically for project activities and are generally staff, consultant expenses, equipment, travel for project staff, and supplies purchased directly for use on a specific project

 
  Discretionary Grants
made to states, units of local government, or private organizations at the discretion of the awarding agency; most discretionary grants are competitive and usually have limited funds available and a large number of potential recipients

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  Eligibility Criteria
circumstances which must be met by applicant to apply for grant funds

 
  Expenditure Period
the time period during which obligations can be paid after the close of the grant period

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  Federal Cognizant Agency
federal agency providing the most federal assistance to the recipient of the funds; federal agency with whom the indirect cost rate is negotiated

 
  Fiscal Year
year of operation and designated by the calendar year in which it endsExamples: Federal Fiscal Year 2000 is October 1, 1999 to September 30, 2000 — State Fiscal Year is July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000

 
  Formula Grant
funds provided to specified grantees on the basis of a specific formula prescribed in the legislation or regulation

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  Grantee
the agency awarded the grant and has the responsibility for the program and fiscal management of the grant; may be referred to as the recipient

 
  Grant Monitoring
visit to grant recipient to review programmatic and financial records and internal control procedures

 
  Grant Period
time specified in the Notice of Availability of Funds and/or contract during which costs may be charged against the grant

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  Indirect Cost
expenses that are not readily identifiable with a particular grant or contract and are generally expenses related to administration and facilities

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  Match
the recipient share of the project costs; match may be “in-kind” or “cash”; in-kind includes the value of donated services; cash includes actual cash spent by the recipient and must have cost relationship to the federal award that is being matched

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  Non-Competitive
is one in which the eligible applicants are pre-identified for an award. Applicants must then complete all necessary administrative requirements to receive their award. The award amount is often specified for each identified applicant.

 
  Notice of Availability of Funds
notice published in the New Jersey Register notifying the public of the grant program and outlines requirements and filing deadlines (NAF)

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  Obligations
legal liability to pay under a grant, subgrant, and/or contract for services or goods incurred during the grant period

 
  Obligation Period
the time period during which project expenses can be incurred and is identified as the grant period

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  Pass-Through
states must give a % of the grant they receive to local governments, combination of local units, or other specified groups or organizations

 
  Prior Approval
written approval by the authorized official as consent prior to a budgetary or programmatic change in the award

 
  Program Requirements
obligations of the grantee to participate in the grant program

 
  Project Income
all income, including interest earned on subgrant funds or as a result of programs supported by grant funds; must be reported and be used to support further project activities (if allowed under Program Guidelines)

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  Resolution
required of all local units of government to apply for grant funds and/or incorporate those funds in the local budget

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  Sources of Funds
other funds in the applicant agency’s operating budget which are dedicated to the same purposes as the proposed project

 
  Special Conditions
qualifications or restrictions made to the subgrant award

 
  Subgrantee
the individual and/or organization that receives funds from the direct grantee agency for a particular project, delivery of goods and services; may be referred to as subrecipient

 
  Supplanting
deliberately reducing state or local funds because of the existence of federal funds

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  Unallowable Activities and Costs
project activities and expenses outlined in the Program Guidelines which cannot be included in the budget

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