The North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission serves as the chief advisory body to the governor and the secretary of the Department of Public Safety on crime and justice issues. Federal block grants are awarded to government, education and social service agencies to start new and innovative programs in North Carolina and to continue efforts to reduce crime. The grants are awarded each year in three categories: Criminal Justice, Crime Victims' Services and Juvenile Justice.
The Commission is a pass-through agency from 14 different federal funding sources for about $100 million of federal block grants each year for new criminal justice programs. Commission members, along with agency staff, set program priorities, review applications and make recommendations to the governor. They also ensure that money is spent according to federal and state governmental regulations during the life of the grants.
The grants are awarded in the following areas:
- Justice Assistance
- Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Juvenile Accountability
- Victims of Crime Act
- Violence Against Women Act.
The Governor's Crime Commission staff announces the availability of grant funds statewide in September on its web site. Applicants have up to six weeks to complete the application. Awards are made in the spring.
GCC was originally created by the State Legislature in 1968.