Federal and State Grants

The Federal & State Grants Unit oversees federal and state assistance programs administered by the Authority. The unit is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring state and local programs. These tasks include planning, program development, technical assistance, coordination, and administration.

For more information about ICJIA administered grant programs, please call the Authority, 312-793-8550 or email cja.grantsunit@illinois.gov.


The following programs are currently managed by the Authority. For a complete list of all current and past grant programs, please see the grant archive.

Federal Programs

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) was designed to streamline justice funding and grant administration. The program blended funding for Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (also known as ADAA) and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most.

JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law enforcement.
  • Prosecution and court programs.
  • Prevention and education programs.
  • Corrections and community corrections.
  • Drug treatment and enforcement.
  • Crime victim and witness initiatives.
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program
The National Institute of Justice awards Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program grants to states trying to defray the costs associated with post-conviction DNA testing of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter cases in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Program funds may be used to review such post-conviction cases and to locate and analyze biological evidence associated with these cases.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
National Instant Criminal Background Check System Reporting Improvement Program
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System Reporting Improvement Program provides assistance to states to improve the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records to state and federal systems used to conduct background checks. Such records include criminal history records, records of felony convictions, warrants, records of protective orders, convictions for misdemeanors involving domestic violence and stalking, records of mental health adjudications, and others that may disqualify an individual from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law. Helping states to automate these records also reduces delays for law-abiding gun purchasers.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act
The Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act authorizes funding to improve the quality, timeliness, and credibility of forensic science services for criminal justice purposes. Act funding is directed to crime laboratories and medical examiners’ offices based on population and crime statistics. The program permits funding for facilities, personnel, computerization, equipment, supplies, education, and training.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 to provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape. 
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. This funding is used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun violence reduction strategies.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program provides funding for treatment programs in a correctional setting and is available to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. These funds are used to implement residential, jail-based, and aftercare programs. 
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248). The Act provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. The Act aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. The program offers competitive awards administered to states by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Victims of Crime Act

The Victims of Crime Act is funded with fines paid by offenders convicted of violating federal laws, supports direct services to victims of crime. The Act requires that priority be given to services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and other groups identified by the state as underserved victims of crime.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Violence Against Women Act

Congress first passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994 and reauthorized the Act in 2000. With a reauthorization in 2005, Congress began a new initiative of the S.T.O.P. (Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors) VAWA program by authorizing grants to states for programs that would improve the response of the criminal justice system to female victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The program’s objectives include:

  • Providing services to women who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating a plan for training police, prosecutors, judges, circuit clerks, probation officers, and service providers to promote an interdisciplinary approach to sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Implementing measures that document and assess the response of criminal justice agencies in Illinois to sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Act specifies that states must allocate 25 percent of the funds to law enforcement, 25 percent to prosecution, 30 percent to service providers, and 5 percent to the courts. The remaining 15 percent can be allocated at the state’s discretion.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Violence Against Women Act Arrest Program
The Violence Against Women Act Arrest Program provides grants to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders program. This discretionary grant program is designed to encourage state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Violence Against Women Act Sexual Assault Services Program
The Violence Against Women Act Sexual Assault Services Program supports the provision of hotline, advocacy, counseling, and outreach services to adults and children at 33 local victim service agencies across Illinois.
Program allocations by fiscal year:

State Programs

Adult Redeploy Illinois   |  Adult Redeploy Illinois website

In response to declining state resources and expanding criminal justice research about best practices in corrections, Illinois passed the Crime Reduction Act of 2009. The Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) program was created by the Act to increase alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders. Research shows that non-violent offenders are more effectively rehabilitated in community settings, which are also less expensive than prison. ARI provides grants to local jurisdictions to expand their capacity to safely supervise non-violent offenders in the community by investing in evidence-based practices shown to reduce recidivism. In exchange for grant funding, sites agree to reduce by 25 percent the number of non-violent offenders they send to the Illinois Department of Corrections from their target populations.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Family Violence Coordinating Councils   |  ILFVCC Website

Family Violence Coordinating Councils, at both state and local/circuit levels, establish a forum to improve the institutional, professional, and community response to family violence, including intimate partner abuse, child abuse, abuse against people with disabilities, and elder abuse. The councils engage in education and prevention as well as coordination of intervention and services for victims and perpetrators. They work to improve the administration of justice when addressing family violence.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Illinois Crime Stoppers   |  Go to the Illinois Crime Stoppers website
The Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association is a broad-based crime fighting and crime prevention group that develops and facilitates Crime Stoppers programs throughout Illinois.
Safe From the Start
The Safe from the Start Program was initiated to address childhood exposure to violence. The program implements and evaluates comprehensive and coordinated community models to identify and respond children ages 0 to 5 who have been exposed to violence in the home or community. Program components include coalition and collaboration building, direct services, and public awareness.
Program allocations by fiscal year:

For a complete list of grant programs, please see our grant program archive.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Authority administers a variety of federal and state grant programs. View programs to see if your organization meets the eligibility requirements of an Authority-administered program. Then visit grant opportunities to see if we are accepting grant applications for the program.
Federal programs are funded from October 1 to September 30. State programs are funded from July 1 to June 30.
Find out about Authority grant opportunities, news, and research by checking the ICJIA website, subscribing to the CJ Dispatch, and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
When you see a grant opportunity listed on the Authority website, check to make sure your agency meets the program’s specific criteria for grant funding. If your agency is eligible for funding, read the instructions for information on how to submit an application.
Please use the Authority contact information on the request for applications for technical assistance at any point in the process.
Don’t see an answer to your question in these FAQs? Email us: cja.info@illinois.gov.

Wanda Block

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐4203  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)
  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)

Maureen Brennan

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793-8403  |  

Academic Background
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Chicago

Malea Conro

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐8404  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Terrence Dugan

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐0889  |  

  • lllinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (IMVTPC)
  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)

Rise Evans

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐8910  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Shataun Hailey

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 814‐8100  |  

  • Bullying Prevention

Shai Hoffman

Grant Manager for Violence Prevention Grants    |  (312) 814‐0706  |  

  • Safe From the Start
Academic Background
  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago, Social Service Administration
  • Bachelors of Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Philosophy and Criminal Justice

Jude Lemrow

Administrative Assistant    |  (312) 793‐0893  |  

  • Business and Data Analysis
  • Grants Information System Administration
  • Meeting Planning

Lajuana Murphy

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐1303  |  

  • Post-DNA Testing Grants
  • Adult Redeploy
  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
  • Crime Stoppers
  • National Forensic Science Improvement Act.

Adriana Perez

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐8406  |  

  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
  • Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT)

Cindy Puent

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 814‐0775  |  

  • Adult Redeploy Illinois

Mary Ratliff

Program Director of the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council    |  (217) 524‐4745  |  

  • GRF IFVCC grants to 23 judicial circuits across the state
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program to 23 judicial circuits across the state

Ronnie Reichgelt

Victim Services Program Administrator    |  (312) 793‐7058  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Luisa Salazar

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐5148  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Carla Samuel

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐7059  |  

  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)

Gregory Stevens

Director of Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (IMVTPC) and Program Administrator    |  (312) 793‐0890  |  

  • Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (IMVTPC)
  • Justice Assistance Grants

Linda Taylor

Award Specialist    |  (312) 793‐0898  |  

  • Federal Applications/Awards Submission and Reporting

Anna Ware

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐8902  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Civil Rights Policy and Procedures for Receiving Complaints Against Grantees

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is committed to prohibiting discrimination in the grant-funded workplace and in the delivery of services by ICJIA grantees. ICJIA grantees have a legal and contractual obligation to provide employment and services, funded by ICJIA grants, in a discrimination-free manner. Accordingly, this document establishes the written policy and procedure for ICJIA employees to follow when they receive a complaint of discrimination from grantee employees and grantee clients, customers, and program participants.

  Download Civil Rights Policy  

A Grant Proposal Guidebook: Planning, Writing and Submitting a Grant Proposal

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is committed to prohibiting discrimination in the grant-funded workplace and in the delivery of services by ICJIA grantees. ICJIA grantees have a legal and contractual obligation to provide employment and services, funded by ICJIA grants, in a discrimination-free manner. Accordingly, this document establishes the written policy and procedure for ICJIA employees to follow when they receive a complaint of discrimination from grantee employees and grantee clients, customers, and program participants.

  Download Grant Proposal Guidebook  

Deadline Title Funding Source Amount More
Deadline Title Funding Source Amount More
2017-Sep Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (R03) National Institutes of Health $50,000.00 More info  
2017-Sep Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (R21) National Institutes of Health $200,000.00 More info  
2017-Sep Reductions in Illicit Drug Use and Functional Outcomes (R21/R33) National Institutes of Health $0.00 More info  
2017-Sep Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (R01) National Institutes of Health $0.00 More info  
2016-May Drug Abuse Dissertation Research U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health $50,000.00 More info  
2016-May Alcohol Use Disorders U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health $200,000.00 More info  
2015-Oct National Cooperative Drug Discovery Development Groups for the Treatment of Mental Disorders U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health $0.00 More info  
2015-Sep Alcohol Research Resource Awards U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health $0.00 More info  
2015-Sep AIDS-Science Track Award for Research Transition U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health $200,000.00 More info