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DOJ giving local communities funds to use in outbreak

Over $19 million available to agencies in Illinois

The Department of Justice is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies across the nation respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, will allow eligible state, local and tribal governments to apply immediately for the funds. The department is moving quickly to make awards, with the goal of having funds available for drawdown within days of the award.

State Administering Agencies can apply directly to the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs for funding to distribute throughout the state.

Agencies that were eligible for the fiscal year 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program can also apply directly to BJA. The following jurisdictions in Southern Illinois are immediately eligible to receive grants in these amounts, totaling over $500,000:

Alton $38,809
Belleville $56,288
East St. Louis $191,391
Granite City $48,268
Jefferson County $58,008
Madison County $58,008
Mt. Vernon $46,425
St. Clair County $58,008

A complete list of eligible jurisdictions and their allocations can be found at

“The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt in every corner of our society, including our local public safety efforts,” said Steven D. Weinhoeft, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. “These extra funds will make a significant difference and should serve as yet another sign that all of us are truly in this fight together.”

“This is an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history and an especially dangerous one for our front-line law enforcement officers, corrections officials, and public safety professionals,” said Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “We are grateful to the Congress for making these resources available and for the show of support this program represents.”

The solicitation was posted this week and will remain open for at least 60 days.

OJP will fund successful applicants as a top priority on a rolling basis as applications are received. Funds may be used to hire personnel, pay overtime costs, cover protective equipment and supplies, address correctional inmates’ medical needs, and defray expenses related to the distribution of resources to hard-hit areas, among other activities. Grant funds may also be applied retroactively to Jan. 20, 2020, subject to federal supplanting rules.

For more information about the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, visit For more information about the Office of Justice Programs, visit

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