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Formula Grant or Block Grant

Formula and/or block grants are awarded directly by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to eligible recipients as authorized by statute. Generally, States, territories, and sometimes Indian tribes and local units of government are eligible for awards under OJP's various block and formula grant programs. Specific eligibility criteria for each program is set forth in the program's governing statute and rules.

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Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants are awarded directly by Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to eligible recipients and are most often awarded on a competitive basis. Some discretionary grants may be awarded on a non-competitive basis, often based on congressional direction. The federal awarding agency may select the recipient from among all eligible recipients, may decide to make or not make an award based on the programmatic, technical, or scientific content of an application, and can decide the amount of funding to be provided to carry out project activities.

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Grant Award Modification (GAM)

A Grant Award Modification (GAM) is a request for a modification to a key element of a funded award. Most GAMs can be initiated by the grantee’s Grant Award Administrator or the Alternate Grant Award Administrator but must be approved by DOJ personnel. Types of GAMS: