Grant Opportunities


"Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, FY 2017 Local Solicitation"


Each year, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the Department of Justice, through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) Program, allocates funding to states and to units of local government based on populations and crime statistics.  Applicants are limited to units of local government specified on the BJAG Allocations List found in the program description at   The list includes Annapolis.  Funds may be used for personnel, training, equipment, contractual support, and technologies to support criminal justice efforts.  

Although the BJAG program "allocates" funding based on formulas, eligible agencies must submit an application and addenda per guidance issued by BJA.  The applications are reviewed, with final selections based on eligibility, relevance, and merit.   The due date for submission of application by the Annapolis Police Department is September 5, 2017.  

Opportunities for Annapolis

The allocation for criminal justice activities in Annapolis under the FY2017 BJAG Program is $15,549.  Based on eligibility requirements, guidance, and imminent needs of the jurisdiction, the application from the Annapolis Police Department will seek funding to purchase a handheld drug detection device that can detect more than 1,000 chemical substances, including many narcotics, pharmaceutical drugs, and cutting agents.   Using light fluorescence and spectroscopic analysis, the portable device can identify substances without the need to transfer samples to chemical test kits.  Substance identification is nearly immediate.  One device negates the need for multiple and different types of drug testing kits.  Because the device uses light-scattering to identify molecules ("Raman spectroscopy"), versus the conventional method of using actual specimens in wet chemistry test kits, 100 percent of the drug remains available for laboratory verification and evidence inventory.  Lastly, using the device means that officers are better protected by limiting physical contact with drugs (including touching or breathing residues).  

This information is provided in the interest of keeping the community informed about law enforcement initiatives, especially through grant opportunities.  Comments may be directed to