Outreach and Prevention

Overview: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Programs. PSN brings together federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community-based partners, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. The program’s goal is to work together to reduce violent crime and make our communities safer for everyone. The enhanced PSN Program builds on past successes and re-invigorates comprehensive enforcement efforts by building on successful programs already in place or, where prior efforts have atrophied, creating new, effective violence reduction programs. PSN has operated in the USVI since 2003.  PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories.

The Law Enforcement Planning Commission of the Virgin Islands (LEPC) serves as the fiscal agent for the USVI PSN initiative grant awards.  LEPC is conducting a competitive application process for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) FY 2020, 2021, and 2022 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) sub-awards. The overall purpose of the USVI PSN Outreach and Prevention initiatives is to develop and sustain initiatives and strategies designed to empower and support local law enforcement in the effort to curb violent crime in the USVI communities and schools; increase familiarity with and build confidence in local law enforcement within the territory.

Eligibility: LEPC welcomes applications from social services agencies that are serving children and youth and are engaged in or planning to engage in, programming/activities aligned with community outreach and violence prevention. Eligible entities include non-profits, neighborhood associations, community boards, schools, and religious institutions. Priority will be given to projects reaching children during the early risk years (e.g. beginning around age 10), emphasizing particularly at-risk populations (e.g. young males living in housing communities), or identifying ways to promote youth voice around violence, crime, community policing, etc.

Funding Amount: The funding ceiling will be up to $20,000.00.

Application Process: For an application contact Ms. Jacqueline Freeman, Grants Manager at 340-774-6400 or via email at

Deadline: All applications must be time stamped by 3 pm on April 12, 2023. Applicant are welcomed to drop off one original copy to:

Law Enforcement Planning Commission Office of the Governor
Government of the Virgin Islands
8000 Nisky Center 2nd Floor, Suite No. 720
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802-5858
Attn:  Jacqueline Freeman

Or Forward the application to:

Review Process: As the fiscal agent LEPC will be receiving federal funds and making competitively selected sub-awards for each project or entity that will carry out the components of the USVI PSN strategy. This competitive process will be based on the objective eligibility criteria, application requirements, and application review procedures. The procurement procedures governing the selection process will conform to applicable federal law, including the Procurement Standards of the Department of Justice Part 200 Uniform Requirements (as set out at 2 C.F.R. 200.317 – 200.326). Applications will be reviewed by LEPC, PSN selection committee and the USVI PSN Task Force. The final approval of the subawards will be determine by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Program office.