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On this page, you can access information about how to identify funding opportunities and learn about the federal government funding process.

Funding Webinars

Through the Grant Applicant Education Series, the Bureau of Justice Assistance hosted a series of four educational webinars designed to assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities. Also see our Justice Events database to learn about additional webinars.

Sponsoring Agency Funding Opportunities

You can view general funding information and opportunities from our federal sponsors and other agencies on the following sites:

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Register for Grant Information

Register with NCJRS to receive notifications about funding opportunities, grant-related events, and more from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors.

Funding Notices  Sign up for email notifications

Sign up to receive the bi-weekly JUSTINFO newsletter as well as the weekly Funding News From NCJRS email capturing information about solicitation releases and funding-related webinars from our federal sponsors. Be sure to select "Grants/funding" as an area of interest in your NCJRS registration profile when you subscribe. can help you locate and apply for funding opportunities from federal agencies, including OJP bureaus and offices. You can also sign up to receive email notices when new opportunities are posted to

To identify potential future funding opportunities and to learn how to stay informed when opportunities arise, visit our Tracking Forthcoming Opportunities page.

Funding Resources

Various resources are available from the NCJRS sponsors and other federal agencies to assist potential applicants and grantees, including the following:

Types of Funding

Much like other federal agencies, OJP offices and bureaus provide three types of funding to state, local, and private agencies and organizations: Formula (or Block), Discretionary, and Congressional Earmarks. Note that most OJP and other federal agency grant funds are dispersed through Formula grant programs and Congressional Earmarks.

Formula (or Block)

  • Awarded to state and local governments based on a predetermined formula, which may be based on a jurisdiction's crime rate, population, or other factors.
  • Awarded to agencies in each state designated by the governor. These agencies are called State Administering Agencies (SAA).
  • Generally requires states to pass awards to local agencies and organizations via subgrants.


  • Awarded on a competitive basis to public- and private-nonprofit organizations.
  • Funding ranges from single awards for research, evaluation, and technical assistance to multisite awards for program development.

Congressional Earmarks

  • Hard Earmarks: Congress directs the federal agency to provide certain funds to specific programs it has identified.
  • Soft Earmarks: Congress identifies a program and directs the federal agency to:
    • Evaluate the program.
    • Fund the program, if warranted.