FAQ Group: Grant Writing

Have there been any updates on when the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will make grant awards this year?

On September 10, 2021, OJP alerted FY 2022 applicants that some OJP grants will be awarded after September 30 OJP does not anticipate making awards later than December 31, 2021.  The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) anticipates issuing most, if not all, of its grant awards by September 30, 2021, and anticipates providing notice …

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With the new two-step process of applying in Grants.gov and then later in JustGrants, I am unsure how to deal with the budget. Does my budget need to be complete before the first deadline in Grants.gov?

Once you get into JustGrants, you can update most data fields associated with the SF-424 (e.g., requested funding amount, project title, type of applicant). The only data that cannot be edited directly in the application are the entity identifiers (e.g., DUNS).  Therefore, it is okay to put a “placeholder” budget amount to meet the Grants.gov deadline …

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What should I do if I have technical problems submitting an application?

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays. For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s …

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The JustGrants application system used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for grants is new this year. How do I learn more about this system before I apply?

DOJ’s JustGrants team is offering multiple webinar sessions on the application submission process. If you are unable to attend a live webinar event or if you would like to revisit the materials, a presentation slide deck from the February 22, 2021, session has been posted for your reference. Additionally, a recording of the February 11, …

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What does it mean when a federal funder identifies priority consideration policies in a funding announcement?

An applicant that demonstrates that their project or community meets one or more priority considerations of a federal agency typically receives extra points during the peer review process. This does not guarantee your application will be funded but can make a meaningful difference in the selection process.   In FY 2021, many Office of Justice …

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What steps should I take to monitor changes to grant deadlines and/or solicitations that have been released for FY2021?

The deadlines for some of the recently released grant solicitations have been extended.  The deadlines will be updated in the SJI Funding Toolkit, however, you should verify that you are using the most recent version of the solicitation via grants.gov.  If you are already working on a grant, please double check to see if the …

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Some of the federal grant solicitations in FY 2021 appear to have two deadlines. What should I know about these two different deadlines?

Beginning this year, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) funding applicants will have two deadlines to meet when submitting their applications. The first deadline will be to submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov. The second deadline covers the submission of the full application, including attachments, in the new Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Both deadlines can …

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I have heard that many federal agencies conduct applicant webinars once they release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Should I participate in these webinars?

Federal agencies use applicant webinars to walk potential applicants through a solicitation. These webinars are optional but a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of each grant program. If a grant program is new to you, it is a great idea to participate in the applicant webinar or, at a minimum, listen to recorded …

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