Criminal Justice Planning Grant Information

The Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division

AACOG's Criminal Justice Planning department has been designated by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division (CJD), as the responsible entity for regional criminal justice planning efforts for the thirteen-county area of Region 18. AACOG's CJ planners provide grant applicants technical assistance in applying for grants through CJD, administer state and federal funds, and assist communities, local governments and nonprofit entities in developing and preparing programs and projects that address criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services issues. AACOG's CJP department is also responsible for coordinating the grant application review and prioritization process as required by the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office. With the assistance of the AACOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC), the grant applications are reviewed and priorities set for all criminal justice funding. Such priorities are established as the Regional Criminal Justice Plan and submitted to the Governor's Office for funding approval. AACOG provides an annual Grant Workshop for the region and provides a Grant Presentation for download. 

​Counties Served

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, Wilson

AACOG Regional Grant Requirements

For your application to be eligible for scoring and prioritization by CJAC, you must:
  • Follow the CJAC Application Guidelines
  • Attend one Grant Workshop, 
  • Complete and submit a Grant Summary Form, and
  • Present your application to CJAC on your assigned day. 
You may use the CJAC Score Tool as a guide while completing the application. This Score Tool will be used to score applications during the CJAC Scoring and Prioritization Meetings. 

Technical Review

To request an AACOG staff member to review your application for technical issues, please complete and submit a Voluntary Technical Review Request form no later than January 16th at 5 PM. Technical reviews are are curtesy provided by AACOG and are completely voluntary. All requests will be reviewed using the information provided and reviews will be sent to the Grant Writer identified on the grant application. 

Grant Workshops

All grant workshops will be held virtually. To register for the workshops, please use the links provided below. Please use the following link to download the Participant Workbook. If you would like to download the Workshop Presentation, please click hereClick here to view recording of a Grant Workshop.

Criminal Justice Grant Solicitations

For full details on how and when to apply, please visit or click on the following link to view the Request for Applications (RFA) for Funding Opportunities.

General Victim Assistance Grant Program (VOCA)

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to provide services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process. Services may include the following:
  1. responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims;
  2. assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after a victimization;
  3. assisting victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and
  4. providing victims with safety and security.

Violent Crimes Against Women Justice and Training Program (VAWA) 

Purpose: The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications for projects that promote a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to improve the justice system’s response to violent crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

Juvenile Justice & Truancy Prevention Grant Program (JJDP)

Purpose: The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications for projects that prevent violence in and around school; and to improve the juvenile justice system by providing mental health services, truancy prevention and intervention through community-based and school programs.
Following the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, there has been a robust statewide effort to prioritize the safety of all Texas students. CJD is highlighting the need to prevent security threats in advance through prevention and intervention with at-risk youth. Projects geared towards school safety will be given priority under this announcement.

Criminal Justice Program (JAG)

Purpose: The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications for projects that promote public safety, reduce crime, and improve the criminal justice system.


There are a lot of resources available to help make your grant application the best it can be. AACOG staff will review this information during the grant workshop, but we encourage you to view additional resources on your own. Please see below for a list of available resources, forms, and FAQs from eGrants, OOG, and AACOG.

Grant Research
PSO Grants - Basic Blurbs - Document subject to change. Applicants must fully read RFA for full grant details.

Civil Rights
Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities - Notice & FAQs
Responding to Discrimination Complaints relating to Federal Grant Programs - 09/29/20
Compliant Verification Form - 09/29/20
Notice of Nondiscrimination for Recipients-OCR in English & Spanish - 09/29/20
Civil Rights Training provided by USDOJ, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Civil Rights

Application Resources
Developing a Good Project Narrative Guide 

Create an Application
Guide for CJD Applicants & All Others 

12-Step Recovery Programs FAQs
eGrants General FAQs - 04/13/15
PSO General FAQs - 09/22/20

Forms NOTE: You must download and save each form to your computer before completing that form.
CEO/Law Enforcement Certifications and Assurances Form - updated 12/19/19
Equipment Transfer MOU Sample Form - 12/05/19
Financial Management
o Texas Application for Payee Identification Number Form - 08/17/17
o Texas Direct Deposit Authorization Form - Feb '19
o IRS W-9 Form - Oct '18
License Plate Reader (LPR) User Agreement Form
Procurement Questionnaire Form - revised 05/11/20 & used as supporting documentation for procurement of goods
(including equipment) for PSO grant projects
Prohibited Telecommunications Certification Form - 08/13/20
Resolution from Governing Body - Sample
Specialty Court Forms
o Registration Form - Apr '15
o Sample Official Declaration Language - 09/18/13
o Sample Resolution - 09/18/13

Grant Management
Guide to Financial Management - 05/20/09
Guide to Grants - 09/01/20

Common Monitoring Findings - Feb '19
Employee Effort Certification Sample - Feb '19
Grantee Personnel Activity Report Requirements - Sep '16
Programmatic Monitoring Questionnaire PSO Sample - 02/20/19
Timesheet Sample - Sep '16

Budget Line Items (BLIs)
o Make Edits
o Make a Deletion
o Make an Addition
Find Your Grant's Issues & Make Revisions
Make Changes Using the Grant Adjustment Process
Open & Check Your Project's Status
Revise Your Activities Tab
Submit Expenses and Request Reimbursement through a Financial Status Report (FSR)
Submit Your Preliminary Review Responses (PRR) to OOG