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The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee allocates Minnesota's federal juvenile justice grant funds. The grants are administered by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs (OJP). When grants are open for application they will be posted on the OJP Grants web page:


Title II Grants

> OJJDP Fact Sheet Overview of the Title II Formula Grants Program

Overview:  Title II funds authorized under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act are allocated to each state. They are to be awarded and monitored by a state advisory group, which in Minnesota is the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC).  The target population is youth under the age of 18 (and their families), who have had contact with the juvenile justice system or who are at risk of having contact with the juvenile justice system. The goal is to prevent or divert youth involvement in the juvenile justice system and to eliminate or minimize disproportionate minority contact.

Allowable activities include:

  • Strategies to reduce disproportionate minority contact.
  • Coordinated community services that support at risk youth and families.
  • Services specifically designed for target populations such as youth of color, young women, homeless youth and children who are at risk of offending.
  • Services that target youth whose present behavior places them at risk of future delinquent activity.  



Title II Grantees
180 Degrees
The Triple C (Caring, Coaching and Capacity Building) program works with boys transitioning from the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Red Wing.
Council on Crime and Justice
The Juvenile Delinquency Policy Project will convene a broad-based working group to create a joint policy proposal regarding sex offender registration and extended stays of adjudication for juveniles, hold a public forum on juvenile delinquency policy issues, and create a report on juvenile records collateral consequences.
Children's Health Care (Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN)
Advanced Practice Nurses at the Runaway Intervention Program (RIP) work with sexually exploited runaway youth to restore healthy developmental trajectories.  The original grant focused on young runaway girls.  The new award expands the program to older girls and sexually exploited boys.  RIP has received national recognition by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Human Services, as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Life Work Planning Center
Project Succeed is a collaborative community service that empowers Latina young women to remain in school to graduation and to avoid high-risk social behaviors through gender and culturally-specific prevention education.  This award funds programming at a middle school.
Opportunity Neighborhood Development Corp.
Ames After Hours is a youth development program providing structured educational and enrichment activities in a safe and nurturing environment.  The program teaches youth positive life skills and the consequences of delinquent behavior at Ames Lake Neighborhood, a large affordable housing community on St. Paul's Eastside. 
RESOURCE-Employment Action Center
First Opportunity provides delinquency prevention programming for at-risk youth ages 12-14.     
Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department
Peer mentoring on traffic safety and truancy prevention.  This is collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and local schools.
Stearns County Human Services
Address the needs of crossover youth (youth with previous interaction with the child protection/child welfare system who have engaged in behavior resulting in potential involvement in the juvenile delinquency system) through development of a multi-disciplinary approach and coordinated services.  The long-term goal of the project is earlier identification of crossover youth and diversion from deeper involvement into the juvenile justice system.



Title V Grants

Grantees must be a local unit of government or sponsored by a local unit of government. There is a 50% match requirement. These grants also requires a prevention policy board and plan.  This program is ending and the last federal allocation to Minnesota was for FFY 2011.

Title V Grantees
Dakota County
1) School based diversion program for youth of color aimed at reducing referrals into the judicial system from schools, 2) a culturally competent foster home placement to be used as an alternative to both detention and residential placement, and 3) a vocational education and training program provided at the JSC and aimed at reducing recidivism.
Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) study:  The study will examine police and prosecutor decisions, processes, and policies that may lead to the disproportional representation of racial minorities in the Hennepin County juvenile justice system to determine whether similarly-situated juveniles are treated similarly by police and prosecutors, and if not, if there is disparate treatment based upon race.




Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG)

Overview:   The federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention allocates funding for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) to each state.  The allocations to each state are required to be monitored by a JABG State Advisory Board (SAB).   In Minnesota, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) serves as the JABG SAB.  Seventy-five percent of these funds are passed through to local units of government using a formula based on juvenile justice expenditures and violent crime rates.  The goal of the program is to reduce juvenile crime by encouraging accountability-based reform at the state and local level.  Grantees must provide a 10% cash match and programs must fit into one of 17 federally mandated purpose areas.  Minnesota uses Purpose Areas 1, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 15.
Formula Grants:  For FFY11, the JABG formula allocation is $467,017, with awards ranging from $12,891 to $150,239. 
Anoka County
1, 14
Two separate areas: 1) truancy intervention project through the County Attorney's Office and 2) contracted Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for girls in the long-term treatment program at the Anoka County Juvenile Center.
Arrowhead Regional Corrections
12, 14
Restorative justice circles, electronic monitoring used as an alternative sanction and urinalysis used to determine client risk levels.
Clay County-West Central Regional Juvenile Center
Coordination of services and programs to help youth transition back into the community after out of home placement.    
Dakota County
Peer Court and Fire Setter Education.
Hennepin County
Development of juvenile information sharing systems.
Olmsted County
Supports the Assistant Olmsted County Attorney responsible for juvenile diversion and implementing graduated sanctions.
Prairie Lakes Detention Center
Transitional services to juvenile offenders placed by the participating counties.
Ramsey County
1, 11, 15
Functional Family Therapy, ARTS-Us Youth Program, Coordination of Delinquency Court Calendar, and Diversion Intervention for Curfew Violators.
St. Paul Police Department
11, 15
Mentoring through the Police Activities League and After School Enrichment Program; curfew/truancy enforcement; and the Enhanced Probation Initiative.
Stearns County
Controlled Drug Testing and Electronic Home Monitoring services to hold juvenile offenders accountable.
Wright County
Intensive probation supervision to young offenders who are considered the highest risk to re-offend or enter long term out-of-home placement. 
JJAC Discretionary Grants
In addition, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee has allocated the following discretionary grants:
Leech Lake Tribal Court 
 Multi-Jurisdictional Restorative Justice Program
This collaboration between the Leech Lake Tribal Court and Cass County Probation provides system-involved youth an alternative to adjudication that emphasizes culturally-appropriate restorative justice practices.
St. Paul Police Department
Strategies for Youth - Saint Paul Police Department, in conjunction with community partners, will educate at-risk youth and gang-involved youth on the consequences of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support
The BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) Minneapolis Project will engage at-risk youth in the schools and in the community so they can realize their education and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety, and wellbeing of their communities.  The project will train program and school staff to implement the 10-12 week BUILD curriculum, which focuses on prevention and intervention of gang and clique-affiliated youth.

Native American Pass-Through Funds

Under the OJJDP formula, JJAC allocates the Native American Pass Through funding which is based on the population of Native Americans within the state.  Tribes with a police department are eligible.  


For questions on eligibility, please contact:

Carrie Wasley, Juvenile Justice Specialist
Office of Justice Programs

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
St. Paul, MN 55101
Office: 651-201-7348