To encourage and assist
Federal, State, and local government programs and services, and programs and
services of other public and private agencies, institutions, and organizations
in their efforts to develop and implement improved corrections programs. To
assist and serve in a consulting capacity to Federal, State, and local courts,
departments, and agencies in the development, maintenance, and coordination of
programs, facilities, services, training, treatment, and rehabilitation with
respect to criminal and juvenile offenders.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Provides assistance for upgrading the operation of correctional facilities,
programs, and services at State and local levels. Services are available to
the entire range of correctional agencies, including probation, parole,
institutions, jails, and community programs.
States, general units of local government,
public and private agencies, educational institutions, organizations, and
individuals involved in the development, implementation or operation of
correctional programs and services.
States, general units of local government
involved in the development, implementation or operation of correctional
programs and services.
Costs will be determined in accordance with
OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments; OMB Circular No. A-21
cost principles for educational institutions; and OMB Circular No. A-122 cost
principles for nonprofit organizations.
When applying for grants, the standard
application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB
Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from
coverage under E.O. 12372.
For project grants, applicant submits proposal
on Standard Form 424 - Federal Assistance. Applications under this program are
subject to State Level Review under E.O. 12372 "Intergovernmental Review of
Federal programs" which provides for a 30 or 60 day review of proposed
Federal action and transmittal of comments through a Single State Point of
Contact. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the
single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process
the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has
selected the program for review. This program is subject to the provisions of
OMB Circular Nos. A-102, A-110, A-133. Environmental assessment is required for
federally funded projects that are a major Federal action significantly
affecting the human environment as defined in the National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969.
A formal application (Standards Form 424 - Federal
Assistance) is submitted to NIC. When it is determined that the project will be
funded, a letter and award package are sent to the grantee.
Deadlines for applications are given by project in agency's
Annual Program Plan Document. Agency requests for technical assistance are
accepted throughout the year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Approximately 90 days.
Appeals may be made to the Director of NIC.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
Funds advanced as required.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Monthly and quarterly financial reports, quarterly
programmatic progress reports, and final evaluation and financial reports.
Full fiscal and program audits at close of grant and on- site
inspections as needed throughout the grant.
Grantee must keep complete records on receipt and disposition
of federal funds for at least 3 years after the submission of the final
(Cooperative Agreements and Contracts) FY 01 $6,460,900;
FY 02 est $6,718,800; and FY 03 est $6,200,000.
During fiscal year 2001, technical assistance was provided in response to 335
requests from State and local correctional agencies in 50 States and the
District of Columbia. NIC (Cooperative Agreements and Contracts) are available
also to enable correctional agencies to engage technical assistance directly.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
National Institute of Corrections Annual Program Plan. National Institute of
Corrections: Financial Management Guidelines for Grantees. National Institute
of Corrections Guideline Manual: Instructions for Applying for Federal
Regional or Local Office:
For jail-related information, contact Chief
NIC Jails Division, 1960 Industrial Circle, Suite A, Longmont, CO 80501. For
technical assistance related to staff training, contact Chief NIC Academy
Division, same address. Telephone: (303) 682-0382. Toll-free: 800-995-6429. FAX:
(303) 682-0469. NOTE: All applications are to be sent to the NIC Washington
Technical Assistance Coordinator, (for Prisons or
Community Corrections) National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street NW.,
Room 5007 Washington, DC 20534. Telephone: (202) 307- 3106. Toll-free:
800-995-6423. FAX: (202) 307-3361. TDD: (202) 307- 3156.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(1) grants to jails to improve jail operations, programs and services; (2)
grants to correctional agencies to evaluate offender classification systems;
(3) grants to correctional agencies to improve programs and services for
female offenders; (4) contracts to individuals to provide specialized
assistance to correctional agencies, (5) grants to probation and parole
agencies to improve decision making and revocation process; and (6) grants to
local jurisdictions to develop a range of community sanctions.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
(1) Relatedness of proposed project to agency's mission, mandates, and
program focuses; (2) quality and feasibility of project goals and objectives,
design, implementation plan and evaluation component when applicable; (3) past
experience, qualifications, and capability of applicant to perform the proposed
project; and (4) appropriateness of cost to perform proposed tasks.