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Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program

Overview and Award Schedule

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program was recently authorized by Division B of H.R. 748, Pub. L. No. 116­136 (Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations); 28 U.S.C. 530C to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. A jurisdiction was determined to be eligible for direct CESF funding through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) if that jurisdiction was identified as eligible for funding under the FY 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. As the State Administering Agency (SAA) for the JAG Program, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) has been designated by the BJA to administer South Carolina’s allocation of FY 2020 CESF Program funds. The CESF Program is open to state agencies, local units of government, tribal governments, and non-profit agencies.

Allowable projects and purchases must have a nexus to criminal justice and include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers. There is no match requirement for this program.

New users must register via the SCDPS web-based application tool, SCDPS Grants by April 22, 2022, located at  The deadline for FFY 2023 CESF applications is Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The FFY 2023 grant period is from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023. Please review the Grant Program Solicitation document below for program details.

Application and Forms