State Aid to Localities With Police Departments (“599”)
Grant Program Profile

Grant Program Name: State Aid to Localities With Police Departments (“599”)

Source of Funds:

The Code of Virginia (§9.1-165, et seq.) provides for financial assistance to localities with police departments through the "599" program. Currently, 40 cities, 9 counties and 126 towns receive "599" funds. The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) administers the program.

Amount Available:

Calculations to determine the distribution of "599" funds to localities are performed biennially by DCJS. The funds are allocated among the eligible localities by a distribution formula which uses population, crime rates, and social services rates.  The amount available for distribution each fiscal year is set by the General Assembly through the Appropriations Act.  However, the Assembly may and often has specified that changes in allocations from one fiscal year to the next are to be based on a standard, across-the-board percentage increase or decrease.

Guidelines & Forms:

Localities must certify to DCJS each year that they meet the eligibility requirements, using a Certificate of Eligibility form provided by DCJS.  They must also certify that they will use the "599" funds to supplement (i.e. add to), not supplant,  the locally generated funds they spend on public safety.  DCJS provides a Non-Supplanting Certification form for that purpose.

Purpose of Funds:

The General Assembly requires that "599" funds be used for public safety services.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for "599" funds, a locality must have a police department, and all of the department's law enforcement personnel must meet the state's minimum training requirements. DCJS requires each participating jurisdiction to certify annually that it meets the eligibility criteria. Jurisdictions which received "599" funds during the 1980-82 biennium are considered eligible to receive funding as long as their departments remain in operation. Other localities seeking to establish police departments and become eligible must meet more stringent criteria. Any town eligible for "599" funds during the 1986-88 biennium may elect to have its police services provided by the sheriff of the county in which it is located, under an agreement pursuant to §15.2-1726, and still retain its eligibility.

Match Requirements:

There is no match requirement.

Grants Awarded Date:

The funds are appropriated on a fiscal year basis and distributed in quarterly payments to the eligible localities.


Contact Information:

Grant Coordinator

Joe Marshall

DCJS Grants Administration
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.786.4000
Fax: 804.786.7231


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