On Friday, Georgia’s Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF) and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) announced a call for proposals, with $6 million in grants being offered to reduce recidivism rates among juvenile offenders.
“We aim to incentivize court projects that provide services which hold juveniles accountable for their actions,” stated GOCF Executive Director Katie Jo Ballard. “While also holding our juvenile system accountable to taxpayers.”
The agencies are currently looking for in-state projects, involving evidence-based models that have been proven to reduce juvenile offender recidivism.
The state will fund $5 million, with counties prioritized based on recidivism rates, while the GOFC will be providing an additional $1 million in federal funds.
Funding applications are due by June 21, with award notifications expected to be announced on July 22. A two month planning period, which would allow grantees additional time to fully implement programming, is provided, but programs must be started before October of this year.
The grant period will run from August 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014.
A workshop for those interested in applying for funding will be held at 9:30 a.m. on April 23 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga.