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Program Area: Justice System Improvement
Grant Title: Treatment Alternatives and Diversion 2014
Description: A total of $2,538,900 is available under this announcement. 2013 Wisconsin Act 20 continues funding for the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion grant program and expands the program with an additional appropriation of $1 million. $1,038,900 is available to continue previously funded TAD projects and $1,000,000 is available for new projects, which are defined as projects in counties not currently receiving TAD Program funds. Funded projects could include a broad spectrum of activities ranging from Pre-Trial Diversion at the initial Prosecutorial Decision making stage, to Drug Courts, to Alternatives to Revocation based on local needs and project design factors. An additional appropriation of $500,000 is available specifically for new Drug Courts, which are defined as new courts in counties that have not established a drug court.
2013 Wisconsin Act 20 continues the provision from 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 that: “Beginning in fiscal year 2012-2013, the office” (note: now department) “shall, every 5 years, make grants under this sub-section available to any county on a competitive basis. A county may apply for a grant under this paragraph regardless of whether the county has received a grant previously under this sub-section.” Thus, projects funded under this calendar year 2014 announcement that continue to meet program requirements and make progress in attaining project goals and objectives will be able to reapply for funding for calendar years 2015 and 2016 in a non-competitive environment contingent on legislative action on the 2015-2017 state budget. This schedule will bring all projects funded under this program into the same funding cycle.
All of the previous requirements originally contained in the 2005 Wisconsin Act 25 are continued. As directed in the legislation, these projects are currently limited to those that deliver treatment and diversion alternatives to jail and prison for non-violent offenders with assessed drug and alcohol problems. These funds are administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, with project coordination jointly provided by DOJ, Department of Corrections, and Department of Health Services and with the participation of the Director of State Courts Office.
Opportunity Category: Competitive
Please note that eligible applicants not funded under Category 3 may be considered for funding under Category 2.
Match/Cost Sharing Requirement: Based on the language of 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, there is a 25% cash match required for all projects funded under Categories 1 and 2. This is calculated as 25% of the total project cost. For the purpose of this funding announcement, cash match may be in the form of new program revenues secured from local, state, tribal, federal, or private sources, or in the form of direct contributions of staff, facilities, or supplies and services that have a direct financial impact on the project, project operations and management.
Projects funded under Category 3 do not require a local match.
Eligibility: Only counties or federally recognized tribes in the State of Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Applications for continuation projects will only be accepted from the counties and in the amounts specified in the attached grant announcement PDF document.
It is expected that the Department of Justice, in conjunction with program partners the Departments of Corrections and Health Services, will award an additional 10 to 12 projects that meet the definitions of “new” from Categories 2 and 3 above.
DUNS Number: The federal government now requires a DUNS number as part of the grant application to keep track of how federal grant money is awarded and disbursed. If your organization needs to obtain a DUNS number, go to http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. You can also search this site if you cannot find your agency’s number. Under normal circumstances, a new account can be created in 24-72 hours. The federal government has published DUNS Frequently Asked Questions at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayFAQPage.do. Check with your agency’s financial office before registering for a DUNS number - it is likely your agency already has one.
DOJ cannot award grant funds until an active DUNS number is provided.
Eligible Expenses: Funding may be used for Personnel and Fringe Benefits, Travel and Training, Consultant/Contractual Expenses, and Supplies and Operating Expenses.