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Criminal Justice Grant Workshops to be Held to Assist with Applying for Criminal Justice Project Funding
Grant Workshops to be Held to Assist with Applying for Criminal Justice Project Funding
East Texas, December 13, 2022: Local governments, independent school districts, public and private non-profit institutions of higher education, non-profit corporations, and state agencies can soon apply for FY 2024 grant funds from the Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, Criminal Justice Division. New and continuing applicants in ETCOG’s fourteen (14) county region are invited to attend FREE grant application workshops hosted by the ETCOG Public Safety division. Four workshops will be held virtually from December through January. Grant funding is available for the following programs:
  • General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program (VAWA)
  • Juvenile Justice & Truancy Prevention Grant Program (SF-JJTP)
  • Criminal Justice Program (DJ-JAG)
  • Residential & Community-Based Services for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
“The goal is to improve public safety and support victims of crime by filling gaps in the region via funding that promotes innovative solutions to regional problems,” said ETCOG’s Public Safety Director, Stephanie Heffner. “We help applicants understand what needs to go into their grant applications and what they have to track once they receive funding from the state, so we can successfully bring public safety projects to East Texas.”
Workshops will be held on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, 12/14/22 – 2 pm to 3 pm
  • Monday, 12/19/22 – 2 pm to 3 pm
  • Tuesday, 1/10/23 – 10 am to 11 am
  • Thursday, 1/19/23 – 10 am to 11 am
Workshops are mandatory if you plan to apply for funding. To participate in a virtual workshop, visit at any of the listed dates and times, and click “Join Workshop.”
About the Public Safety Program
Working in partnership with state and local officials, ETCOG has been tapped as the primary planning and coordinating entity for Emergency 9-1-1 Communications in East Texas. ETCOG, through its Public Safety program, works with the State to have fully deployed, advanced 9-1-1 services for wireless callers and help plan for Next Generation 9-1-1. The program also supports first responders and plan regionally for disasters by partnering with the Texas Office of the Governor to coordinate Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Planning. The Public Safety program encompasses three program areas: 9-1-1 Emergency Services, Criminal Justice, and Homeland Security.
The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) is a voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within the fourteen-county East Texas region. ETCOG assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. Established in 1970, ETCOG, either directly, or through its contractors, provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers, and job seekers. ETCOG and its contractors also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services; and deliver rural transportation services, business finance programs, and environmental grant funding for the region.
East Texas Council of Governments | (903) 218-6400 |
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
East Texas Council of Governments | 3800 Stone RoadKilgore, TX 75662

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