Gang Prevention Competitive Grant Announced

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) announced it has made modifications to its Oct. 15 Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program FY 2008 competitive grant announcement.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding under the Gang Resistance Education And Training Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state, local, and tribal gang prevention efforts.

Eligibility: Special district governments, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), independent school districts, county governments, state governments, city or township governments

Description:  The Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program (42 U.S.C. § 13921) is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum administered by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in cooperation with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The program’s primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid engaging in delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. Criminal justice professionals with powers of arrest-police officers, sheriff’s deputies, parole or probation officers, school police officers, federal law enforcement officers/agents, prosecutors, judges, court officials, district attorneys-are eligible to teach G.R.E.A.T. All individuals wishing to deliver the program in the classroom must complete a G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training Course. Per the National G.R.E.A.T. Program Policies and Guidelines, G.R.E.A.T. officers are responsible for maintaining their G.R.E.A.T. certification. G.R.E.A.T. funds may be used to support one or more of the following G.R.E.A.T. curricula, components, and activities: 13-week middle school curriculum (a core, mandatory component); 6-week elementary (4th and 5th grades) curriculum; 6-lesson G.R.E.A.T. families component; or G.R.E.A.T. summer component.

Deadline: All applications are due by 8:00 p.m. e.t. on December 13, 2007.

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