Executive Office for Weed and Seed
Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC
on Jun 24, 2005
Purpose of this program:
The Program's objective is national implementation of Operation Weed and Seed. Operation Weed and Seed is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to combating violent crime, drug use, and gang activity in high crime neighborhoods. The goal is to "weed out" violence and drug activity in high crime neighborhoods and then to "seed" the sites with a wide range of crime and drug prevention programs, human service resources, and neighborhood restoration activities to prevent crime from reoccurring. The strategy emphasizes the importance of a coordinated approach, bringing together Federal, State and local government, the community, and the private sector to form a partnership to create a safe, drug-free environment.
Possible uses and use restrictions...
Weed and Seed funding is for intergovernmental agreements, including grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, with State and local law enforcement agencies engaged in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes and drug offenses in "Weed and Seed" designated communities, and for either reimbursements or transfers to appropriation accounts of the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies which shall be specified by the Attorney General to execute the "Weed and Seed" program strategy.
Who is eligible to apply...
The eligible applicant is a coalition of community residents, local, county, and State agencies, Federal agencies, and the private sector.
An interested community should establish contact with the United States Attorney, who convenes a formal steering committee. The steering committee, through the guidance and facilitation of the United States Attorney, produces an implementation plan along the lines set forth in the Weed and Seed Implementation Manual.
Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.
About this section:
This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy.
For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree,
3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible.
Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they
Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications
are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs,
the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.
How to apply...
The DOJ solicitations for continuation applications for fiscal year 2003 funding were issued in February 2003. A competitive applications kit will be issued in June 2003 for sites which have already submitted prepared strategies for review in fiscal year 2003.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
As set forth in the application.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.
Deadlines and process...
As set forth in the application.
When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will
be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received.
When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
As provided in the application.
Interested parties should contact their local United States Attorney's Office. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units
prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.
As provided in the application.
In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission
of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or
applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
As provided in the application.
In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.
Who can benefit...
Eligibility criteria for selecting and funding Weed and Seed sites are as follows: High incidence of violent crime; existing, workable community infrastructure; cooperative governmental partnerships; good cooperation between governmental and private civic and social service organizations; cooperative business community; strong U.S. Attorney Office; and history of innovative programming at the local level. If a large city is being considered, the project site should be a clearly, easily identifiable section of the metropolitan area. The strategy also seeks to encompass available funding from reprogrammable Federal program dollars and existing private/local leveraged funds.
About this section:
This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.
What types of assistance...
The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.
Provision of Specialized Services
Programs which provide Federal personnel directly to perform certain tasks for the benefit of communities or individuals. These services may be performed in conjunction with nonfederal personnel, but they involve more than consultation, advice, or counseling.
How much financial aid...
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
To date, the typical site award level ranges from $175,000 for first year sites to $225,000 for continuation sites.
This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.
(Grants) FY 03 $69,092,376; FY 04 est $63,517,000; and FY 05 est $63,681,000.
The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.
Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program.
This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.
Examples of funded projects...
Considerable progress has been made in implementing the Weed and Seed strategy in over 300 sites with DOJ funding (and in additional "Officially Recognized" sites without funding). Under the guidance of the United States Attorney in each site, Federal, State, and local officials are working together to implement a wide variety of activities designed to reduce drug crime, gangs, and other violent crime out of high crime neighborhoods and to revitalize those areas by implementing a range of human service programs and economic development to keep crime from recurring. These activities are based on four core elements that are essential to the success of the Weed and Seed strategy: enhanced law enforcement; community policing as a bridge between law enforcement and social revitalization efforts; prevention, early intervention, and treatment efforts; and neighborhood restoration, including opportunities for economic development. The following communities have funded sites: Akron, Ohio; Albany, Georgia; Albany, New York; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Androscoggin, Maine; Athens, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Augusta, Georgia; Aurora, Colorado; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland-West Area; Baltimore, Maryland-East Baltimore Action Coalition, Inc.; Beaumont, Texas; Benton Harbor, Michigan-Benton Township; Birmingham, Alabama; Boston, Massachusetts; Brevard County, Florida; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Brockton, Massachusetts; Bronx, New York; Brooklyn, New York; Brownsville, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Burnsville, Minnesota; Cape Girardeau, Missouri (part of Southeast Missouri(SEMO) Weed and Seed); Capitol Mall--Phoenix, Arizona; Caruthersville, Missouri (part of SEMO); Castle Hill--Bronx, New York; Charleston, Missouri (part of SEMO); Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Charlottesville, Virginia; Chattanooga, Tennessee--Westside Community Development Corp.; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Clearwater, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Contra Costa County, California; Corpus Christi, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas--Area #2; Dallas, Texas; Duluth, Minnesota; Denver, Colorado; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan-- Northwest Area Business Assoc.; Durham, North Carolina; Dyersburg, Tennessee; East Chicago, Indiana; East Point, Georgia; East St. Louis, Illinois; Eatonville, Florida; Enemy Swim, South Dakota; Estate Bovoni, Virgin Islands; Euclid, Ohio; Far Rockaway (Queens), New York; Flagstaff, Arizona; Flint, Michigan; Florence, South Carolina; Freeport, Illinois; Fresno, California; Frogtown, Minnesota; Ft. Myers, Florida; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Ft. Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Gary, Indiana (Non-Profit); Grand Rapids, Michigan; Greensboro, North Carolina; Greenville, North Carolina; Greenville, Mississippi; Hamilton, Ohio; Hartford, Connecticut; High Point, North Carolina; Highland Park, Michigan; Hillsborough County, Florida; Holland, Michigan; Homestead, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Humboldt, Tennessee; Huntington Station, New York; Huntsville, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Inkster, Michigan; Ivy City/Trinidad, Washington D.C.; Jackson, Mississippi; Jacksonville, Florida, Community Alliance Development Corporation; Kansas City, Missouri; LaFourche Parish, Louisiana; Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lima, Ohio; Los Angeles, California-South Central; Los Angeles, California-Pico Union/Koreatown; Louisville, Kentucky; Lowell, Massachusetts; Madison, Wisconsin; Manatee/Sarasota, Florida; Maywood/Bellwood, Illinois; Mc Allen, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Miami, Florida; Midcoast, Maine; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin--Area #2; Minneapolis/Central, Minnesota; Minneapolis/Northside, Minnesota; Minneapolis/Phillips, Minnesota; Mobile, Alabama; Montgomery, Alabama; Moorhead, Minnesota; Muskegon/Muskegon Heights, Michigan; N.W. RivieraBeach, Florida;
About this section
This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.
Weed and Seed sites have experienced significant declines in crime rates. The Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS) has been working to supplement Weed and Seed funds by coordinating with other Federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. In addition, EOWS continues to assist sites in adopting the Weed and Seed strategy and in seeking both funding and Official Recognition of local efforts without funding. EOWS works with other agencies to design and provide training and technical assistance related to the Weed and Seed strategy and coordinates with the participating agencies to inform the sites when that training is available. EOWS has upgraded and expanded the Weed and Seed program newsletter, " In-Sites." It is published quarterly and announces developments in Weed and Seed policy and shares information among Weed and Seed sites. EOWS has also developed a videotape library for use by those developing a Weed and Seed strategy. Visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/eows for more information.
Criteria for selecting proposals...
The criteria for selecting and funding Weed and Seed sites are as follows: High incidence of violent crime; existing, workable community infrastructure; cooperative governmental partnerships; good cooperation between governmental and private civic and social service organizations; strong U.S. Attorney involvement; history of innovative programming at the local level; if a large city is being considered, the project site should be a clearly, easily identifiable section of the metropolitan area; available funding from reprogrammable Federal program dollars and existing private/local funds.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Approximately 1-year funding is provided, subject to consideration for continuation based on past performance and the availability of funding.
Formula and Matching Requirements
While there is currently no specified level of matching funds, the nature of the program anticipates significant leveraging of contributions from the public and private sectors of participating local communities.
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.
Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.
In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.
Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.
Post assistance requirements...
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program and Financial Monitoring Reports.
This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency.
The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133.
These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year,
as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period,
rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).
Executive Office for Weed and Seed files and Office of Justice Programs files.
This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require.
Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office.
For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C.
For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.
Consolidated appropriations Act of 2003, Public Law 108-7.
This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).
Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature
Operation Weed and Seed Implementation Manual, Newsletter ("In-Sites"), and "Weed and Seed Best Practices" periodical. Visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/eows for more information.