- Q1 The 2013/2014 PCCD JAG solicitation clearly states
Question: The 2013/2014 PCCD JAG solicitation clearly states that these funds cannot be used to "enhance" an existing project and/or program. That being said, could the funds be used to hire additional Probation Officers needed to handle the current Probation Officers' case loads? Our 2014-2016 CJAB Strategic Plan lists the hiring of additional Adult Probation Officers as one of our goals.
Answer: As the question indicates that the applicant would be requesting funds to hire additional probation officers to handle an increasing caseload, this would be considered an enhancement of an existing program and would not be allowable. If the additional probation officers would be to support creation of a new, non-existing program (to supervise offenders on electronic monitoring), then the additional officers would be a permissible expense.
- Q2 There appears to be a difference between the Objectives
Question: There appears to be a difference between the Objectives listed in PCCD’s Strategic Plan and the Objectives listed 2013/14 Local Solicitation. Are these deliberate omissions?
Answer: Yes. As noted in Section 1. Introduction, in the 2013/14 Funding Announcement. In determining where JAG Funds could achieve the greatest impact, the Commission approved targeting these funds to a select group of objectives and strategies within the Strategic Plan.
- Q3 Is an applicant that is currently receiving funding
Question: Is an applicant that is currently receiving funding under the 2012 JAG awards eligible to apply for funding of a new project under this 2013 solicitation?
- Q4 The 2011-2015 Strategic Plan lists 13 objectives.
Question: The 2011-2015 Strategic Plan lists 13 objectives. "Enhancing Law Enforcement" is listed as number 3. My question is whether the 2013/2014 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Single Solicitation for Local Initiatives is open to all thirteen plan objectives or limited to the six (6) listed in the 2013/2014 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Single Solicitation for Local Initiatives.
Answer: No. The 2013/2014 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Single Solicitation for Local Initiatives is only available for projects that address the six (6) Objectives referenced in the solicitation.
- Q5 We are considering applying for funds under Objective 5
Question: We are considering applying for funds under Objective 5 to implement Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) in our county. Is this eligible under JAG funding?
Answer: Due to the competitive nature of these awards, PCCD Program Staff will not be able to answer questions about how an applicant should respond to any section of this funding announcement. PCCD may only field questions to clarify the funding announcement.
- Q6 Required Signed Documents requests the Local Planning Board's Strategic Plan
Question: Required Signed Documents requests the Local Planning Board's Strategic Plan. Does this refer to one of the strategic plans cited on page 10 of the funding announcement under e. Collaborative Planning; Strategic Plan - i.e. CJAB Strategic Plans; STOP Team Strategic Plans?
Answer: Yes, the requested document that you are referring to is the Local Planning Boards Strategic Plan. PCCD recognizes that in some cases the Local Planning Board may be the actual applicant.
- Q7 On Page 5 of the 2013/14 JAG Local Initiatives Funding Announcement under "f", "Ineligible Program Activities"
Question: On Page 5 of the 2013/14 JAG Local Initiatives Funding Announcement under "f", "Ineligible Program Activities" it lists "Real Estate" as one of the items for which funding is ineligible. Would this include seeking funding to pay monthly lease rental payments for a Day Reporting Center for Adult Probation activities?
Answer: Rental payments for use of non-owned property is an allowable expense.
- Q7A If a lease for an Adult Probation Day Reporting Center is allowed
Question: If a lease for an Adult Probation Day Reporting Center is allowed, are lease amounts for tenant improvements permitted, or is this also excluded as "real estate" or "construction projects"?
Answer: The use of JAG funds for non-governmental real estate or related fixed asset improvements (other than penal or correctional institutions) is not permitted.
- Q8 Our County is interested in applying for the JAG grant
Question: Our County is interested in applying for the JAG grant, and so are some of our local Borough law enforcement agencies. Can we submit separate applications (one from a Borough, one from the County) or must we combine into one unified application?
Answer: Only one application may be submitted by the same applicant organization. Therefore, municipalities within a county may submit individual applications.
- Q11 Could you tell me if purchase of mobile data terminals to be installed in patrol cars are eligible?
Question: Could you tell me if purchase of mobile data terminals to be installed in patrol cars are eligible?
Answer: Due to the competitive nature of these awards, PCCD Program Staff are not permitted to answer questions concerning the content of a proposal. PCCD Staff will not tell you if your idea is eligible, what Objective or Strategies to select; or the JAG Funding Characteristic(s) your project aligns with. Staff will field clarifying questions pertaining to the funding announcement.
- Q12 If a non-profit within our County wants to apply for one of the six objectives
Question: If a non-profit within our County wants to apply for one of the six objectives, can the County sign a local jurisdiction waiver and still apply for one of the other five objectives?
- Q13 Our organization currently provides services in a 6-county region
Question: Our organization currently provides services in a 6-county region. Would I be eligible to apply for the 6-county region as a collaboration, with funding being divided between each of the counties.
- Q15 One of our judges was interested in using JAG funds to upgrade our teleconferencing system
Question: One of our judges was interested in using JAG funds to upgrade our teleconferencing system. We currently have a system and this would be an upgrade and not the purchase of a new system. Is this allowed? I was told that the money could only be used to fund NEW projects.
Answer: Funding is available for new implementations of projects. Continuation funding and expansions of existing projects are not eligible.
- Q16 How do I know if I need a local jurisdiction waiver?
Question: How do I know if I need a local jurisdiction waiver?
Answer: If an organization applying for funds under this JAG solicitation is not a unit of local government, i.e., county, borough, township, etc., a Local Jurisdiction Waiver is required.
- Q18 These are 12 month projects and applicants may (will) be invited to apply for year 2 based on performance
Question: These are 12 month projects and applicants may (will) be invited to apply for year 2 based on performance; therefore, in the main summary section of e-grants when inputting the project end date, is the correct timeframe 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015?
- Q19 Are evidence based programs under Objective 5 limited to Juvenile Justice projects/programs?
Question: Are evidence based programs under Objective 5 limited to Juvenile Justice projects/programs?
Answer: No. Certain Strategies under Objective 5 specifically pertain to juvenile projects/programs; some do not.
- Q21 The funding announcement indicates that applicants must select one Strategy related to the Objective chosen.
Question: The funding announcement indicates that applicants must select one Strategy related to the Objective chosen. But in Objective 5, it appears that the strategies listed are not exhaustive and that evidence-based prevention programs and/or promising practices that are evidenced-based may be eligible. Is this the case or are only the specific programs listed eligible for funding?
Answer: Applicants must select one of the listed Strategies under Objective #5 so they are, in fact, finite. Projects proposed to address the selected Strategy must be evidenced based.
- Q22 I know that our organization can only submit one application per objective
Question: I know that our organization can only submit one application per objective, but can I partner with another organization who is submitting an application under the same objective?
- Q23 If we are applying as a nonprofit organization, do we need to submit BOTH
Question: If we are applying as a nonprofit organization, do we need to submit BOTH a Memorandum of Understanding AND letters of cooperation and local jurisdiction waivers OR just the letters of cooperation and the local jurisdiction waivers?
Answer: Non-profit organizations are required to provide letters of cooperation from anticipated project partners as well as a Local Jurisdiction Waiver from the local unit(s) of government of the jurisdiction(s) they will serve as part of the application submission.
- Q24 We had already submitted this grant before it was pulled.
Question: We had already submitted this grant before it was pulled. Do you we need to get a new signature page or can we use the one we have. We are not making any changes to our grant.
Answer: As there are no changes to your original application, a new signature page is not required.