The Grant Process

Competitive funds for North Carolina law enforcement, governmental bodies and related non-profit agencies are available from the Governor's Crime Commission on an annual basis. GCC has a grant submission process with grant funding originating the first of October each year. Enrollment for federal grant applications is from November through January 31.  

Funding priorities, as determined by the Commission, are posted on the GCC web page each September.  In October and November, several training seminars geared toward efficient grant writing are offered in locations across the state.

November - January 31 - enrollment for federal grant applications opens.  Grant pre-applications are accepted via an interactive web-based form on the GCC web site.

February - March - the advisory committees of the Commission score each pre-application in their respective areas.

March - the full Commission meets to make final recommendations on which grants should be offered an opportunity to submit a full application. 

April - letters of modification conditions are sent to all pre-applicants notifying each of the status of their submission. Agencies that were selected should then submit a full application and make any changes that were noted by the GCC.

October 1 - funding for new grants begins.

Governor's Crime Commission Grant Award Workshops
All grantees are required to attend one of the grant award workshops offered in selected sites across the state. 

              The Grant Making Process

Grants are awarded to law enforcement, governmental bodies and related non-profit agencies for innovative programs in the following areas:
  • Drug Control and System Improvement
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Juvenile Accountability
  • Victims of Crime Act
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • Law Enforcement

Agencies must be a unit of government or a non-profit corporation.

GCC operates on a reimbursement basis, so agencies must have sufficient operating funds in place to cover a minimum of 60 days.

Most GCC funding sources require an agency match which must be used to support the project and must supplement funds that would otherwise be made available for the stated program purpose. Cash match is required for the majority of grants – only a few funding sources will allow in-kind match. Items identified as in-kind match must be listed in the detailed grant budget.

Grantees are to abide by certain Equal Employment Opportunity and civil rights requirements that are applicable to recipients of federal funds.

Grantees will be required to submit monthly financial statements (cost reports) along with supporting documentation in order to be reimbursed.

Periodic programmatic reports will be required from all grantees – the frequency will depend upon the specifications of the particular funding source. In addition, program evaluations will be required.

In addition to the reports submitted to GCC, non-profit grantees must file annual financial and program performance reports to the N.C. State Auditor's Office through the Grants Information Center (GIC).

Assessments will be made on non-profit agencies without a history of GCC funding to determine if policies and procedures (i.e. accounting, internal controls, personnel, etc.) are adequate to manage federal or state grant funds.

For non-profit start-up projects, funding restrictions may be imposed, cash match and/or pass-through a governmental agency may be required.

Site visits will be made to some agencies during the life of the funded project.