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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
Lottery Funds

Program Description

The Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.  JAG blends the previous Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) Programs. 

Lottery Funds were made available by the state of North Dakota to supplement the needs of multi-jurisdictional narcotics task forces. These funds are awarded in conjunction with the annual JAG awards.


The application process is closed.

Source of Funding

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
North Dakota State Lottery Fund

Eligible Program Participants

Government or non-government agency programs that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system and provide assistance to victims of crime may coordinate and implement projects under both sources of funding.

JAG/Lottery:  State and local units of government must be the legal applicant and recipient of funds.  A unit of local government is any city, county, or other political subdivision of a state and includes an Indian tribe that performs law enforcement functions as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.  The state, cities, counties, or Indian tribes must be the legal applicant and recipient of funds.

Lottery funds will be awarded only to multijurisdictional task forces in conjunction with JAG awards.

Types of Programs Funded by the JAG and Lottery Grant

JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Prevention/Education
  • Corrections/Community Corrections
  • Drug Treatment
  • Prosecution/Courts
  • Planning/Evaluation/Technology Improvement
  • Crime Victim and Witness Programs (other than victim/witness compensation)

Any law enforcement or justice initiative previously eligible for funding under Byrne or LLEBG is eligible for JAG funding.

Lottery Funds are only available for multi-jurisdictional narcotics task forces

Application/Award Process

JAG/Lottery Application PDF


Grant applications become available in the spring of each year.  Applications can be downloaded from this website or by contacting the Grants Management Section at 701-328-5500.

  • April
Notice of funding availability is made.
  • May
Applications are due.
  • June
North Dakota Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board meets for the purpose of awarding funds.
  • July
Award and denial letters are distributed to applicants.
  • Jan
JAG/Lottery annual projects commence.

Prohibited Uses

JAG funds cannot be used for:

  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Canine Expenses
  • Construction Projects

Lottery funds cannot be used for:

  • Personnel Costs
  • Buy Funds