Bureau of Justice Programs
The Bureau of Justice Programs serves as the designated State Administering Agency (SAA) for Wisconsin for federal/state criminal and juvenile justice formula and discretionary grant programs. In this role, Justice Programs is responsible for statewide strategic planning for justice system improvement, establishing funding priorities, seeking federal discretionary funding opportunities on behalf of the state, leveraging resources, awarding and disseminating grants, and program/fiscal oversight and assistance. For current Bureau of Justice Programs grant opportunities, please visit the Grants Page of the DOJ website.
Justice Programs coordinates the initiatives of the State Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission (GJJC). These two bodies are key to the role of the SAA as required advisory bodies for criminal justice and juvenile justice formula grants, respectively.
Co-Chaired by the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, the CJCC assists the governor in directing, collaborating with, and coordinating the services of state and local governmental agencies and non-governmental entities in the criminal justice system to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and public safety. The CJCC serves as the advisory body for the federal Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) and the state Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program.
 Formula grants are allocations of federal funding to states, territories, or local units of government determined by distribution formulas in the authorizing legislation and regulations.
 For discretionary grants, which are designed to fund specific initiatives, the federal awarding agencies review, assess, and evaluate the quality of the grant application to inform their funding decisions—it’s a competitive process.