The Office of Justice Programs provides state and federal grant funding throughout Minnesota.
The Crime Victim Services unit awards grants to provide direct services and advocacy for victims of sexual assault, general crime, domestic violence and child abuse.
The Justice and Community Grants unit awards grants to prevent and control crime and
improve the functioning of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) Schedule:
Child Advocacy Centers – applications due September 17
ARPA Violence Intervention – applications due October 1
Improving Retention in Domestic Violence Programs - applications due October 1
Violent Crime Enforcement Teams – applications due October 8
Pathways to Policing – applications due October 20
Sex Trafficking Investigations – applications due October 27
Community Justice Reinvestment – applications due October 27
Youth Intervention Programs – applications due October 22
Coronvirus Emergancy Supplemental Funding- applications due November 1
ARPA Innovation in Community Safety - RFP release date October 1
ARPA Survivor Support and Prevention – RFP to be released in October
Renewal Funding for currently funded grantees(non-competitive):
Justice Assistance Grants
Youth Intervention Programs, base funds
Community Crime Prevention
American Recovery Plan Act Violence Intervention (ARPAVI) Grants 2022
This program is intended to provide support in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and efforts to contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses and to reduce and respond to increased violence due to the pandemic. This grant fits into ARPA category of services to disproportionately impacted communities, category 3.16 Social Determinants of Health: Community Violence Interventions
Application Due Date: October 1, 2021 Information Session:
September 14, 10:00 AM-11:30 AMARPAVI FAQ-
Updated Sept 29.
Improving Retention in Domestic Violence Programs Pilot Project
The purpose of this request for proposals is to award one grant to establish a pilot project to increase the rate at which participants voluntarily complete a person-centered, trauma-informed violence prevention program by addressing the social and economic barriers that inhibit program completion.
Application Due Date: October 1, 2021
See full Improving Retention in DV Programs Request for Proposals for more details.
Violent Crime Enforcement Teams (VCETs) 2022-23 Grants
This program provides support for the investigation and prosecution of narcotics, gangs and associated violent crimes. It is a multi-jurisdictional approach intended to target drug distribution networks, firearm crimes, violent gang activity and related serious criminal activity beyond the investigative resources of individual agencies. Required elements include establishment of a Joint Powers Agreement, oversight by an Advisory Board, and agreement to operate in accordance with the Multijurisdictional Task Force Operating Procedures and Guidelines Manual and statutory certification requirements.
Approximately $10 million in state funds and federal Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds are available for two-year grants. Local units of government including cities, counties and tribal governments are eligible to apply.
For more information see: VCET Request for Proposals
Application Due Date: October 8, 2021
VCET Application Workshop I – New Applicants
Thursday, September 16th, 2-3:30pm
VCET Application Workshop II – Current Grantees
Tuesday, September 21st, 10-11:30am
Community Justice Reinvestment (CJR) Grants 2022
The Minnesota 2016 legislature established the Community Justice Reinvestment Account. This stems from sentencing guidelines revisions which are intended to result in correctional cost savings to the state. This account is established in the special revenue fund to support the following services focusing on reduction of further involvement in the criminal justice system:
•Chemical dependency and mental health treatment programs,
•Programs that improve supervision,
•Pretrial and precharge supervision programs,
•Programs to reduce recidivism of controlled substances offenders on probation or supervisedrelease or participating in drug courts,
•Support local participation in drug court initiatives approved by the Judicial Council.
The purpose of this request for proposals is to fund two-year grants with local, state and tribal governments to support new or existing multijurisdictional entities to investigate sex trafficking crimes.
Application Due Date: October 27, 2021
STI Information Session: September 23, 11- 12:30 PM
Pathways to Policing (PTP) Grants 2022
As stated in Chapter 95, 2017 Minnesota Session Laws:
The purpose of this request for proposals is to support pathway to policing programs intended to bring persons with nontraditional backgrounds into law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies may apply for reimbursement grants to receive up to 50 percent of the cost of compensating and training Pathway to Policing participants. Reimbursement grants shall be proportionally allocated based on the number of grant applications approved.
PTP Information Session:
September 29, 10-11:30 AM
American Rescue Plan Act: Survivor Support and Prevention Grants 2022
This programming is intended to provide support in responding to the economic and public health
impacts of COVID-19 and efforts to contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses and to
reduce and respond to increased violence due to the pandemic. This grant fits into ARPA category of
services to disproportionately impacted communities, category 3.16 Social Determinants of Health:
Community Violence Interventions.
Application Due Date: November 10, 2021
Register for RFP Information Sessions:
Thursday, October 21, 2021 (10:00 - 11:30 a.m.)
Monday, October 25, 2021 (1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
Youth Intervention Prevention (YIP) 2022
The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs (OJP), MN Department of Public Safety, is requesting proposals to fund Youth Intervention Programs (YIP). YIP grants are designed to meet the goals specified under Minnesota Statute §299A.73: “[YIP is] an early intervention, nonresidential, community-based program providing advocacy, education, counseling, mentoring, and referral services to youth and their families experiencing personal, familial, school, legal, or chemical problems with the goal of resolving the present problems and preventing the occurrence of problems in the future.”
Application Due Date: October 22, 2021
Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF), Criminal Justice System COVID-19 Response Grants
The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs is the administering agency for these coronavirus response funds awarded to the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) through the federal CARES Act for these Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding grants. CESF provides funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus to agencies operating across the criminal justice system. Grants will be awarded on a reimbursement only basis. Approximately $1,500,000 million in CESF funds are available.
Application Due Date: November 1, 2021.
Information session: October 7, 2021
Manage your DPS grant online. Step-by-step instructions on how to:
If you know about waste, fraud, abuse, misconduct, or whistleblower reprisal relating to a Minnesota OJP employee, program, contract, or grant, you may report to one of the following: