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Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Status of the Community Capacity Development Office

Q: Will future funding for new Weed and Seed sites be available?
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There are no plans to fund new Weed and Seed sites. The last year CCDO added new Weed and Seed sites was FY 2009. In FY 2010 only continuation sites were funded due to the fact that CCDO was anticipating funding for the new Byrne Criminal Justice Initiative. This new program would have been built on the successes of Weed and Seed.

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Q: What about Continuation site funding?
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As mentioned above, funding for the Weed and Seed program was not included in the Continuing Resolution for FY 2011.

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Q: What is the status and future of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program?
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This initiative was not funded in the FY 2011 final continuing resolution. BCJI was included in the President's proposed FY2012 budget and is pending before Congress.

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Q: How does the 2011 budget decision affect my site's current grant award?
A:

All active Weed and Seed awards will be transferred to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). You can continue with your programs and activities until the award expires.

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Q: Will I be able to modify or extend my site's current grant?
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Sites may apply for a one-time, 6-month extension. The following criteria must be met:

For those of you who wish to file for a limited, six-month extension of your present grant:

Criteria for Extension Requests

Extension requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis only if the following criteria are met by the recipient at the time of the request to the agency:

  1. Requests may be submitted in GMS any time after accepting the award, but no later than 30 days prior to the end of the award. Grantees are to use the Grant Adjustment Notice module in GMS to make this request.
    • Requests submitted fewer than 30 days prior to the end of the award will not be considered.
    • An "Extraordinary Circumstances" exception must contain narrative details describing the circumstances prohibiting the timely completion of funded activities; the current balance of federal funds obligated and unobligated; the effect of a denial on the request of the project or program; and steps planned to ensure timely completion of the project.
  2. Special Conditions: all active conditions must be satisfied prior to the approval of a time extension, except for those conditions that must be fulfilled in the remaining time of the award. This also includes the performance and resolution of audits in a timely manner.
  3. All financial and programmatic reports must be current.
  4. Monitoring Issues must be satisfactorily resolved prior to the approval of a time extension.

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Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding my site's grant?
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As of June 6, 2011, all current Weed and Seed grants will be transferred to the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Your new Program Manager will get in touch with you with their contact information.

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Q: Is any replacement funding for Weed and Seed anticipated?
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There are no plans for replacement funding for the Weed and Seed program. The BCJI initiative has been requested in the President's FY 2012 Budget.

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Q: What are other federal funding options for sites to continue our work?
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There are funding opportunities at OJP from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. There may be other funding available through the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Education. Please check the OJP website or grants.gov.

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Q: What support will DOJ provide to Weed and Seed sites so that we can sustain our partnerships?
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This could be accomplished through other grant opportunities.

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Q: My site is a graduated site, so we no longer receive funding. Will we be affected by these changes?
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You may still use the Weed and Seed name and emblem. However, you will not be allowed to reference DOJ, OJP, or CCDO in any display of the name or emblem.

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Q: Will any new graduated sites be approved?
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No. The last time graduated sites were approved was FY 2009. Graduated site designation was approved annually. Since there will no longer be a Weed and Seed program, there will be no more graduated sites designated.

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Q: Can my site continue to use the Weed and Seed name and the Weed and Seed emblem?
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Yes, your site may use the Weed and Seed name and emblem, as long as you have an active grant. Once your grant expires you may use the Weed and Seed name and emblem, but you cannot use anything that references DOJ, OJP, or CCDO.

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Q: Will there be any training and/or technical assistance available to assist our site during and with the transition?
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All training and technical assistance available to sites will be coordinated through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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Q: My organization is a training and/or technical assistance provider. Will these changes affect our agreement with CCDO?
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OJP's Office of Administration Acquisition Management Division will be contacting CCDO contractors with instructions concerning their contracts. BJA will be taking over CCDO contracts.

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Q: If a site wants to continue with the DEFY program who do they contact? DEFY stands for Drug Education for Youth. CCDO partners with the military to provide a weeklong camp and then a yearlong mentoring program.
A:

Timm Bentley
Program Manager
Drug Education For Youth (DEFY)
(901) 874-6544 (DSN) 882-6544

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Q: If a site wants to continue with the VITA program who is the contact? VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. This service provides free income tax preparation for people earning under a certain amount. CCDO partnered with the IRS on this.
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Carol Quiller, Senior Tax Analyst
Internal Revenue Service
Wage & Investment Division
National Partnerships
401 West Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 1500, Stop 52-WI
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404.338.8091
Fax: 404.338.8743
Email: carol.quiller@irs.gov

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Q: Who is my new Program Manager?
A: Your new program Manager will be former CCDO employees assigned to BJA. They will be reaching out to you. Here is the list of program managers and states they will be handling:

Sam Beamon - Samuel.beamon@ojp.usdoj.gov (202-353-8592)
California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Virgin Islands.

Lesley Walker - Lesley.walked@ojp.usdoj.gov (202-307-0863)
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Washington.

Cory Randolph - cory.randolph@ojp.usdoj.gov (202-307-0940)
Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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