Criminal Justice Grants - FY 2021

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ETCOG issued $2.1 million in grants for FY 2021 from the Office of the Governor's (OOG) Criminal Justice Division. These grants were for East Texas jurisdictions and non-profits to improve public safety and support victims of crime. The program's mission is to support those who make Texas a safer place and help victims of crime recover and feel safe again. The programs must:

  • Prevent and intervene in juvenile delinquency
  • Provide services to victims of crime and address violence against women
  • Support law enforcement and improve the criminal justice system
  • Support crime stoppers organizations
  • Prevent child sex trafficking, bring justice to its perpetrators, and restore its victims

ETCOG's Public Safety Division assists jurisdictions in applying for these funds each year. Our Criminal Justice Advisory Committee ranks and scores the applications. These recommendations are submitted to the ETCOG Executive Committee for approval and sent to the OOG for final approval.

The list of approved grants can be viewed in the documents in the right column.



ETCOG issued $2.1 million in grants for FY 2021 from the Office of the Governor's (OOG) Criminal Justice Division. These grants were for East Texas jurisdictions and non-profits to improve public safety and support victims of crime. The program's mission is to support those who make Texas a safer place and help victims of crime recover and feel safe again. The programs must:

  • Prevent and intervene in juvenile delinquency
  • Provide services to victims of crime and address violence against women
  • Support law enforcement and improve the criminal justice system
  • Support crime stoppers organizations
  • Prevent child sex trafficking, bring justice to its perpetrators, and restore its victims

ETCOG's Public Safety Division assists jurisdictions in applying for these funds each year. Our Criminal Justice Advisory Committee ranks and scores the applications. These recommendations are submitted to the ETCOG Executive Committee for approval and sent to the OOG for final approval.

The list of approved grants can be viewed in the documents in the right column.



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    • Prevent and intervene in juvenile delinquency,
    • Provide services to victims of crime and address violence against women,
    • Support law enforcement and improve the criminal justice system,
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    • Prevent child sex trafficking, bring justice to its perpetrators, and restore its victims.
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    The money is coming from the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to support those who make Texas safer place and help victims of crime recover and feel safe again, the announcement said.