Hillsborough County Accepting Concept Papers for Use of Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Funds

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 6, 2021) - The Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Unit is accepting Concept Papers from governmental and nonprofit agencies that aim to provide sustainable and innovative treatment, prevention, intervention, education, enforcement, and prosecution services to residents of Hillsborough County to prevent, reduce, or control crime and improve the criminal justice system. Concept Papers are requested for planning the use of available Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) FY 2022 funds. Hillsborough County anticipates funding in the amount of $115,255. 

All parties interested in applying are required to review the FY 2021 - 2022 Justice Assistance Grant Funding PowerPoint Presentation and send a signed copy of the confirmation to Felicia Richardson at All confirmations must be on your agency's letterhead and signed.

The Concept Paper is designed to provide a summary of the proposed initiative. This package does not attempt to list the federal, state, or county laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations that may affect your proposal or performance under any resulting contract. Lack of knowledge will not relieve the respondent from complying with applicable laws. We encourage you to read the enclosed documents carefully and respond to this request on the forms provided.

It is important to note that the federal funder's guidelines have been narrowed to meet the County's goals and objectives. The applicant cannot plan to use any funds offered to replace funding shortfalls or supplant existing revenue streams. Selected initiatives, regardless of the funding source, are intended to support new programs, additional capacity, significant expansion, or other enhancements that improve outcomes and reduce crime.

Selection criteria will rely on application completeness, community need for the initiative, support of Board of County Commissioners' goals, how well-developed the initiative is, the agency's capability to implement the initiative, leveraging of additional resources, collaboration, and plans for sustainability. Funding shall be available through the Board of County Commissioners from Federal and State Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Justice Assistance Grant Programs.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m., May 10, 2021. In fairness to respondents who meet the deadline, staff will not accept any late submissions. If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the forms or this process, please submit them via email to Felicia Richardson at and/or Robert Parkinson at



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