Federal and State Grants Unit

Gregory Stevens, Acting Associate Director

The Federal & State Grants Unit oversees federal and state assistance programs administered by the Authority. The unit is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring state and local programs. These tasks include planning, program development, technical assistance, coordination, and administration.

For more information about ICJIA administered grant programs, please call the Authority, 312-793-8550 or email cja.grantsunit@illinois.gov.

The following programs are currently managed by the Authority. For a complete list of all current and past grant programs, please see the grant archive.

Federal Programs

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
Status:  Current

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) was designed to streamline justice funding and grant administration. The program blended funding for Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (also known as ADAA) and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most.

JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law enforcement.
  • Prosecution and court programs.
  • Prevention and education programs.
  • Corrections and community corrections.
  • Drug treatment and enforcement.
  • Crime victim and witness initiatives.
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program
Status:  Current
The National Institute of Justice awards Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program grants to states trying to defray the costs associated with post-conviction DNA testing of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter cases in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Program funds may be used to review such post-conviction cases and to locate and analyze biological evidence associated with these cases.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
National Instant Criminal Background Check System Reporting Improvement Program
Status:  Current
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System Reporting Improvement Program provides assistance to states to improve the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records to state and federal systems used to conduct background checks. Such records include criminal history records, records of felony convictions, warrants, records of protective orders, convictions for misdemeanors involving domestic violence and stalking, records of mental health adjudications, and others that may disqualify an individual from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law. Helping states to automate these records also reduces delays for law-abiding gun purchasers.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act
Status:  Current
The Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act authorizes funding to improve the quality, timeliness, and credibility of forensic science services for criminal justice purposes. Act funding is directed to crime laboratories and medical examiners’ offices based on population and crime statistics. The program permits funding for facilities, personnel, computerization, equipment, supplies, education, and training.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Prison Rape Elimination Act
Status:  Current
The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 to provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape. 
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Status:  Current
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. This funding is used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun violence reduction strategies.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Status:  Current
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program provides funding for treatment programs in a correctional setting and is available to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. These funds are used to implement residential, jail-based, and aftercare programs. 
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
Status:  Current
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248). The Act provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. The Act aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. The program offers competitive awards administered to states by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Training (VADGT) Program
Status:  Current

Under this award, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) made $25 million available to eligible state victim assistance programs to apply for noncompetitive funding to support training and technical assistance for victim assistance service providers and others who work with crime victims. Illinois was awarded $946,913 for federal fiscal year 2015.

The purpose of this program is to provide each state and territory with funding to support training and technical assistance for victim assistance grantees and others who work with crime victims. States are encouraged the use of the funds to enhance existing State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) or to establish new ones. These funds can also support statewide training initiatives, crime victim related conferences, basic training for new programs for underserved victims, and scholarships to service providers and others who work with crime victims. As with all VOCA awards, states would have the year of the award plus three years to spend these funds.

Illinois has an extensive network of coalitions and statewide issue groups that are supported by strong legislation dedicated to victim rights and services. Yet, Illinois is a large, diverse state that still has many unmet needs in the victim services field. Local agencies throughout the state struggle to meet the training and staffing needs for their services. Issue specific training is available in some areas and increasingly required for some positions, but the availability of training that is affordable and the opportunity to hear state and national experts in many fields is often beyond the reach of local agencies.

Funding from this program will be used to expand training opportunities for victim service advocates throughout the state of Illinois.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Victims of Crime Act
Status:  Current

The Victims of Crime Act is funded with fines paid by offenders convicted of violating federal laws, supports direct services to victims of crime. The Act requires that priority be given to services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and other groups identified by the state as underserved victims of crime.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Violence Against Women Act
Status:  Current

Congress first passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994 and reauthorized the Act in 2000. With a reauthorization in 2005, Congress began a new initiative of the S.T.O.P. (Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors) VAWA program by authorizing grants to states for programs that would improve the response of the criminal justice system to female victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The program’s objectives include:

  • Providing services to women who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating a plan for training police, prosecutors, judges, circuit clerks, probation officers, and service providers to promote an interdisciplinary approach to sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Implementing measures that document and assess the response of criminal justice agencies in Illinois to sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Act specifies that states must allocate 25 percent of the funds to law enforcement, 25 percent to prosecution, 30 percent to service providers, and 5 percent to the courts. The remaining 15 percent can be allocated at the state’s discretion.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Violence Against Women Act Arrest Program
Status:  Current
The Violence Against Women Act Arrest Program provides grants to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders program. This discretionary grant program is designed to encourage state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Violence Against Women Act Sexual Assault Services Program
Status:  Current
The Violence Against Women Act Sexual Assault Services Program supports the provision of hotline, advocacy, counseling, and outreach services to adults and children at 33 local victim service agencies across Illinois.
Program allocations by fiscal year:

State Programs

Adult Redeploy Illinois   |  Visit Adult Redeploy Illinois
Status:  Current

In response to declining state resources and expanding criminal justice research about best practices in corrections, Illinois passed the Crime Reduction Act of 2009. The Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) program was created by the Act to increase alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders. Research shows that non-violent offenders are more effectively rehabilitated in community settings, which are also less expensive than prison. ARI provides grants to local jurisdictions to expand their capacity to safely supervise non-violent offenders in the community by investing in evidence-based practices shown to reduce recidivism. In exchange for grant funding, sites agree to reduce by 25 percent the number of non-violent offenders they send to the Illinois Department of Corrections from their target populations.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Status:  Current
The mission of Ceasefire Illinois, a unit at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, is to work with community and government partners to reduce violence in all forms and help design interventions required to better define what should be included in a community or city anti-violence plan. Growing up in communities where violence is an everyday occurrence, youth learn that violence is normal and are thus more likely to use violence or become victims of violence. Ceasefire staff members work to engage this population. Staff members will help change their behavior and connect them to resources that would otherwise be out of reach.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention (CBVIP) Services Programs
Status:  Current

Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention (CBVIP) services programs support the following activities:

  1. Convene or expand an existing community coalition to engage service providers, governmental agencies (local and/or statewide agencies), law enforcement, faith-based, and general community members to ensure that service providers and all potential participants are aware of violence prevention resources available in community; develop collaborative partnerships to ensure that clients’ immediate needs are met; and provide pro-social activities for the community.
  2. Educate the public about program services through wide distribution and various types of program materials, public presentations and awareness events.
  3. Provide at least one of the four following direct services:
    • Street Intervention/Interruption-Active Outreach and Engagement – These programs provide crisis intervention and de-escalation of high stress situations to at-risk youth and young adults.
    • Counseling and Therapy – These developmentally and culturally appropriate therapeutic services are provided by a mental health professional.
    • Case Management – Case management approaches that are more effective at long-term client retention and developing trust between agency and youth/families require actively engaging participants (i.e., active reaching out, meeting youth/families in the home, community engagement).
    • Youth Development – Engaging young people to develop their emotional, physical, social, and intellectual selves provides opportunities for youth to practice conflict resolution and prosocial life skills.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Duane Dean Behavioral Health Center Fund
Status:  Current
The Duane Dean Behavioral Health Center’s Community Diversion Program seeks to employ a broad based comprehensive approach in Kankakee County to educate and increase access to services to the local criminal justice systems, the local community and the opioid dependent individuals. This program will incorporate community education and trainings, cognitive behavioral counseling, medication assisted therapy (MAT), case managers, peer support specialist, and recovery coaches.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Family Violence Coordinating Councils   |  Visit ILFVCC
Status:  Current

Family Violence Coordinating Councils, at both state and local/circuit levels, establish a forum to improve the institutional, professional, and community response to family violence, including intimate partner abuse, child abuse, abuse against people with disabilities, and elder abuse. The councils engage in education and prevention as well as coordination of intervention and services for victims and perpetrators. They work to improve the administration of justice when addressing family violence.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Illinois Crime Stoppers   |  Visit Illinois Crime Stoppers
Status:  Current
The Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association is a broad-based crime fighting and crime prevention group that develops and facilitates Crime Stoppers programs throughout Illinois.
Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Fund
Status:  Current

In order to facilitate the safe disposal of drugs, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 097-0545, which established the Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Fund, a special fund in the state treasury. The Act states, “monies in the Fund shall be used for grants by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of facilitating the collection, transportation, and incineration of pharmaceuticals from residential sources that are collected and transported by law enforcement agencies. These funds will be used to procure drug disposal boxes and arrange for their delivery to priority sites. Recipient agencies will agree to follow this standard procedures for the receipt, storage, and disposal of the collected drugs.

Program allocations by fiscal year:
Safe From the Start
Status:  Current
The Safe from the Start Program was initiated to address childhood exposure to violence. The program implements and evaluates comprehensive and coordinated community models to identify and respond children ages 0 to 5 who have been exposed to violence in the home or community. Program components include coalition and collaboration building, direct services, and public awareness.
Program allocations by fiscal year:
Safer Foundation Fund
Status:  Current

The Safer Foundation (SF) partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital’s Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) seeks to better understand the issues connected to gun violence in Chicago’s west side communities. As a referral partner, SUHI seeks to work with SF to build their previous study of non-fatal gun violence victims who are treated and discharged quickly. The goal is to refer such persons for SF services and to identify their social needs, gaps, resources and barriers to employment and workforce development comparing those with and those without arrest/conviction records.

ICJIA funds will allow Safer Foundation to use mechanisms to provide additional supports to participants participating in a higher level of credentialed training and job training, including higher literacy, skill level, case management, and wrap around services.

Program allocations by fiscal year:

For a complete list of grant programs, please see our grant program archive.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Authority administers a variety of federal and state grant programs. View programs to see if your organization meets the eligibility requirements of an Authority-administered program. Then visit grant opportunities to see if we are accepting grant applications for the program.
Federal programs are funded from October 1 to September 30. State programs are funded from July 1 to June 30.
Find out about Authority grant opportunities, news, and research by checking the ICJIA website, subscribing to the CJ Dispatch, and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
When you see a grant opportunity listed on the Authority website, check to make sure your agency meets the program’s specific criteria for grant funding. If your agency is eligible for funding, read the instructions for information on how to submit an application.
Please use the Authority contact information on the request for applications for technical assistance at any point in the process.
Don’t see an answer to your question in these FAQs? Email us: cja.info@illinois.gov.

Jamila Akil

Criminal Justice Specialist Trainee    |  312-793-8550  |  

Shamsideen Balogun

Grant Specialist      |  

Academic Background

Wanda Block

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐4203  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)
  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)

Maureen Brennan

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793-8403  |  

Academic Background
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Chicago

Craig Cady

Grant Specialist    |  312-793-8550  |  

Malea Conro

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐8404  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Rise Evans

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐8910  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Shataun Hailey

Victim Services Manager    |  (312) 814‐8100  |  

  • Bullying Prevention

Shai Hoffman

Grant Manager for Violence Prevention Grants    |  (312) 814‐0706  |  

  • Safe From the Start
Academic Background
  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago, Social Service Administration
  • Bachelors of Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Philosophy and Criminal Justice

Jude Lemrow

Administrative Assistant    |  (312) 793‐0893  |  

  • Business and Data Analysis
  • Grants Information System Administration
  • Meeting Planning

Lajuana Murphy

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐1303  |  

  • Post-DNA Testing Grants
  • Adult Redeploy
  • Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
  • Crime Stoppers
  • National Forensic Science Improvement Act.

Adriana Perez

GATA Chief Accountability Officer    |  (312) 793‐8406  |  

Lacey Pollock

Grant Specialist - Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council    |  217-524-1917  |  

James Radcliffe

Technical Assistance Provider    |  312-793-8550  |  

Trevor W. Ramsey

Criminal Justice Specialist Trainee      |  

VOCA Programs

Mary Ratliff

Program Director of the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council    |  (217) 524‐4745  |  

  • GRF IFVCC grants to 23 judicial circuits across the state
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program to 23 judicial circuits across the state

Ronnie Reichgelt

Victim Services Program Administrator    |  (312) 793‐7058  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Luisa Salazar

Grant Specialist    |  (312) 793‐5148  |  

  • Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Kyle Schlegel

Grant Specialist    |  312-793-8550  |  

Tierra Scott

Grant Specialist    |  312-793-8550  |  

Gregory Stevens

Acting Associate Director of the Federal State Grants Unit    |  (312) 793‐0890  |  

  • Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (IMVTPC)
  • Justice Assistance Grants

Thomas Sumner

Technical Assistance Provider    |  312-793-8550  |  

Linda Taylor

Award Specialist    |  (312) 793‐0898  |  

  • Federal Applications/Awards Submission and Reporting

Carrie Wiekerson

Grant Specialist    |  312-793-8550  |  

Stacey Woods

Grant Specialist    |  312-793-8550  |  

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Civil Rights Policy and Procedures for Receiving Complaints Against Grantees

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is committed to prohibiting discrimination in the grant-funded workplace and in the delivery of services by ICJIA grantees. ICJIA does not discriminate based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable discharge from military service.

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File an Employment / Grant Funded Service Discrimination Complaint

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A Grant Proposal Guidebook: Planning, Writing and Submitting a Grant Proposal

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is committed to prohibiting discrimination in the grant-funded workplace and in the delivery of services by ICJIA grantees. ICJIA grantees have a legal and contractual obligation to provide employment and services, funded by ICJIA grants, in a discrimination-free manner. Accordingly, this document establishes the written policy and procedure for ICJIA employees to follow when they receive a complaint of discrimination from grantee employees and grantee clients, customers, and program participants.

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S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women In Illinois A Multi-Year Plan: FFY14-16

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), authorized by Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and subsequently reauthorized as the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 and 2013, provides financial assistance to states for developing and strengthening effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies and victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women. To be eligible, states must develop a plan in accordance with requirements set out in the Act. The Act specifies that states must allocate at least 25 percent of the VAWA funds it receives to law enforcement, 25 percent to prosecution, 30 percent to nonprofit, non-governmental victim services, and at least 5 percent to courts. The remaining 15 percent may be allocated at the state’s discretion within the parameters of the Act. Funds may not be used to replace dollars already committed to a service or program.

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