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Ohio Department of Public Safety Grants

Ohio Department of Public Safety | Grants

Grants Information and Results

The Ohio Department of Public Safety offers grants to law enforcement, fire, EMS and various other safety partners to help achieve its mission to save lives and reduce injuries and economic loss in the state of Ohio. The grants are administered through various divisions within the Department. The information below breaks down the Department's grants by division. Because each division administers its grants on different schedules and through different sources, each division also has separate contact information listed for grants relating to that division and reports their information in slightly different ways. Each division's grant details and contact information are listed below. For general information about the Ohio Department of Public Safety, please call 614-466-4344 or click here.


Emergency Management Agency


Grant Information

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency administers mitigation, preparedness, and recovery grant programs from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Transportation. These grant programs are designed to develop Ohio counties with capabilities that will ensure the necessary preparedness, response and recovery needs have been met at the local level.

For more information, please contact the Ohio EMA Grants Section at 614-889-7150.


Emergency Medical Services


Grant Information

The Ohio EMS Board has appointed the Grants Committee to oversee and make recommendations for the administration of the Ohio EMS Grants Program. The program is administered within the Division by the Grants Administrator. The Grants Administrator works closely with the EMS Board’s Grants Committee to ensure that all grant funds are distributed fairly, in a timely manner, and in accordance with the directions provided by the Ohio EMS Board.

Section 4765.07 of the Ohio Revised Code defines the priority distribution of available funds for Ohio’s EMS grant program. The program is therefore broken up into four different grants, identified by their priority.

First Priority

Shall be given to emergency medical service organizations for the training of personnel, for the purchase of equipment and vehicles, and to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of emergency medical services in this state.

Second Priority

Shall be given to entities that research the causes, nature, and effect of traumatic injuries, educate the public about injury prevention,and implement, test and evaluate injury prevention strategies.

Third Priority

Shall be given to entities that research, test and evaluate procedures that promote the rehabilitation, retraining, and re-employment of adult or pediatric trauma victims and social service support mechanisms for adult or pediatric trauma victims and their families.

Fourth Priority

Shall be given to entities that research, test and evaluate medical procedures related to adult and pediatric trauma victims and their families.


OCJS logo


Grant Information

Through research, technology, evaluation, grant administration and programmatic initiatives, the Office of Criminal Justice Services strives to positively impact the state of Ohio in the prevention, intervention and reduction of crime and delinquency throughout Ohio. OCJS administers funds for seven different types of grants, ranging from law enforcement assistance to family services to history and record-related funding.

Rickeya Franklin, Director, Grants Administration


Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)

Proposed to streamline justice funding and grant administration, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions. JAG blends the previous Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most.






Justice Assistance Grant – Ohio Prescription Drug Grant

The Ohio Prescription Drug Grant provides funding to defray expenses that a prescription drug investigation incurs in performing its functions related to the enforcement of the state’s prescription drug laws and other state laws related


to illegal prescription drug activity.



Justice Assistance Grant – Law Enforcement (JAG LE)

JAG LE funds projects that reduce crime, increase public safety and support the Ohio Incident-Based Reporting System (OIBRS). OIBRS is a crime-reporting system that allows criminal justice agencies to submit data directly to state and federal government in an automated format.



Violence Against Women Act Program (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program funds projects that assist units of local government develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies and services to combat crimes against women.



Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund

The Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund will provide funding to defray expenses that a drug task force organization incurs in performing its functions related to the enforcement of the state’s drug laws and other state laws related to illegal drug activity.



Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Grant Program (FVPSA)

The Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) grant funds projects to prevent incidents of family violence and provides immediate shelter and related assistance for family violence victims and dependents. Statewide initiatives are also eligible for FVPSA funding.



Family Violence Prevention Fund

This fund, established by Ohio Revised Code, provides grant funding for all domestic violence shelters in Ohio.



Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT)

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) funds assist state and local governments to develop and implement substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities. The funds may be used to support treatment services provided in addition to the services the prison or jail is already required to provide.



Capital Case Litigation Initiative

In partnership with the Offices of the Ohio Attorney General and the Ohio Public Defender, OCJS recently awarded funding for the Capital Case Litigation Initiative. The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative is to provide attorneys who litigate death penalty cases with specialized legal training on death penalty issues in an effort to improve the quality of representation, produce reliable jury verdicts and minimize post conviction litigation.



Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program awards grants to states and units of local government to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services and/or to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence, including controlled substances, firearms examination, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology and trace evidence.

OCJS holds a planning meeting each year with past applicants to determine the amount of funding each agency will receive. The amount each agency receives is based on a formula of the number of forensic scientist and medical examiners as laboratory employees.



National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

The National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) ensures that accurate records are available for use in law enforcement, including sex offender registry requirements, and to protect public safety and national security.

Funding is directly provided to Ohio to improve the quality, timeliness and immediate accessibility of criminal history and related records. In addition, technical assistance is provided to the states through an ongoing program incorporating surveys, evaluations, and national forums.

Funding Decisions:
•   2009
•   2010
•   2011
•   2012



Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program (PSN) and Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang Initiative (PSN Anti-Gang)

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide network designed to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and gun crime, and sustaining that reduction. The program’s effectiveness is based on cooperation of local, state and federal agencies in a unified offensive led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in each of the 94 federal judicial districts. Each USA is responsible for establishing a collaborative PSN task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement and other community members to implement PSN initiatives within the district.

Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang Initiative funds are dedicated to supporting new and expanded anti-gang prevention and enforcement efforts under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiatives. Anti-Gang Initiative funds will enhance PSN task force efforts to combat gangs by building on the effective strategies and partnerships developed under PSN.

OCJS serves as the fiscal agent for both the PSN and PSN Anti-Gang programs.

For additional information or to apply, please contact:
Northern District
Office of the United States Attorney
United States Court House
801 W. Superior Avenue – Suite 400
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1852
PSN Coordinator: Craig Tame

Southern District
United States Attorney’s Office
303 Marconi Boulevard – Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
PSN Coordinator: Tim Oakley

Funding Decisions:
•   2009
•   2010
•   2011
•   2012



Stimulus Funds

OCJS released requests for proposals (RFPs) for state-administered stimulus funds for both the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grant programs on April 1, 2009. The stimulus funds are a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which seeks to create and save jobs and help state and local governments with budget shortfalls to prevent deep cuts in basic services such as health, education and law enforcement. Projects approved for stimulus funding will focus on job creation and retention.

Also funded under ARRA, OCJS released an RFP on March 15, 2009, focusing specifically on offender re-entry initiatives under two categories: Innovations in Re-entry or Development of Local Taskforce Re-entry Programs.



Stimulus Funding Announcements

For more information on OCJS grants, visit http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/grants.stm.

To apply for grants, visit http://portals.ocjs.ohio.gov/ogss/login.aspx


Send applications to:

OCJS Project Control
1970 West Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43223


Ohio Homeland Security


Grant Information

Ohio Homeland Security programmatically manages the law enforcement and protective security components of the Homeland Security grant program. These grants include, but are not limited to, areas of Port Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection Activities, Regional and Local Mass Transit Systems, Northern Border and Buffer Zone Protection Program grants. All Ohio Homeland Security grants are administered by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.


Ohio State Highway Patrol


Grant Information

The Federal Highway Safety Act of 1966 directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation to jointly administer various highway safety projects. This federal grant program provides federal funds administered through the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office to eligible entities to be used in part for, but not limited to, traffic safety education, enforcement and engineering projects.

The Traffic Safety Office is responsible for coordinating and managing the Section 402 Federal, State, and Community Highway Safety Funds received on an annual basis from NHTSA. Funds are to be used for short-term highway safety support, with the intent that other sources of funding will sustain programs over the long term. The federal grant program operates on a reimbursement basis.

The competitive grant process solicits grant proposals for highway safety activities from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties. A targeted approach ensures a statewide effort that will satisfy state-level highway safety goals, with a minimum of 40% of federal funds allocated to local jurisdictions. We currently provide 74% of federal funds to local jurisdictions. Proposals submitted for funding of traffic safety activities must demonstrate cost effectiveness and the potential to positively impact the traffic-related goals both at the state and local levels.

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