Project Safe Neighborhoods – Law Enforcement
Enhancement Grant Application

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 Law Enforcement initiative is to combine law enforcement and community-driven approaches to develop and implement a strategy to address gangs and violent crime through coordinated enforcement, intervention, prevention, and re-entry initiatives within the USVI District; to increase prosecution of the most violent offenders, and to focus on intervention efforts to prevent recidivism and further violence by juvenile and adult offenders.

Eligibility: LEPC welcomes applications from USVI law enforcement agencies/departments.

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 submitted by 3 pm on April 12, 2023, using the email address noted above and or by dropping it off at 8000 Nisky Center Suite 720 St. Thomas, USVI 00802-5858.

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 a PSN selection committee, LEPC staff, and members of the USVI PSN Task Force, and final approval is given by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  Decisions will be provided within 45 days of the application deadline.