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Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant (CESF)

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to make the remaining federal funds awarded through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant (CESF) Program available to assist eligible applicants in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. This is a competitive solicitation, which will provide additional funding to assist agencies with meeting their safety and other organizational needs as they continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic.
The following entities are eligible to apply:
• Local law enforcement agencies
• Local criminal justice agencies
• Commonwealth’s Attorney Offices
• Local and regional correctional facilities and/or jails
• Regional detention facilities
• Regional criminal justice training academies
• General district courts, circuit courts, and juvenile and domestic relations courts
• Non-profit organizations providing criminal justice services, emphasizing those serving historically marginalized communities impacted by the pandemic

Applicants who received funding from the FY 2020 CESF grant program are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to local and regional correctional facilities, as well as localities experiencing the highest rates of COVID-19 cases per the Virginia Department of Health statistics at the time of review.
Amount Available
DCJS is making the remaining balance of an initial federal award of $10,832,775 available to assist eligible applicants in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the novel coronavirus. Approximately $4,000,000 will be available for this funding opportunity. The CESF Program is authorized by Division B of H.R. 748, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations) 28 U.S.C. 530C.
Applicants can apply for no more than $50,000, unless extraordinary circumstances necessitate a greater need. There is no match requirement.  
Technical Assistance
To aid localities with their grant application preparation, DCJS will be facilitating a webinar training. Information on the date and time of the webinar along with the recording will be posted to the DCJS website. Please also subscribe to DCJS updates through the DCJS website to ensure notification of upcoming training/webinars on grants, trainings and future funding opportunities.

Please contact the following DCJS staff for questions regarding your Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program application:

Chris Boucher:, (804) 584-0510

Tracy Matthews:, (804) 371-0635


For questions and technical assistance relating to the OGMS system, contact Please include your grant program area in the subject line.