Grants Unit

The Grants Unit is responsible for planning inter-agency programs and coordinating policy development initiatives to improve Connecticut's criminal justice system and enhance community safety.  The Unit plans and manages the allocation of federal grant funds to support initiatives and projects that use a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach to ensure victim safety, improve offender accountability and reduce re-victimization.


Unit Functions


Plan distribution of federal grant funds, technical assistance and other resources to aid local governments, state agencies and community based organizations in creating safer communities.

Ensure project and program accountability through oversight and monitoring of grant funded activities.

Assist grant projects in developing data collection processes to comply with federal grant program requirements and document outcomes.

Assess cost effective strategies for reducing victimization and recidivism to support integration of planning and state budget development.

Communicate the value and impact of criminal justice initiatives through progress updates posted on websites, publications and reports.

Convene inter-agency forums and workgroups to assess emerging trends and issues.

Develop an inter-agency resource for identifying and tracking information on federally funded criminal justice initiatives operating throughout the state.


Grants and Programs


Learn about the Unit's federally funded initiatives and the development of model programs and services.


Federally Funded Programs



State Funded Programs 


    Private Initiatives

     Connecticut Safety and Justice Challenge (MacArthur Foundation)


    Division Management






    Marc Pelka

    Undersecretary 860-418-6394
     Maurice Reaves
    Assistant Division Director


    Unit Staff

    Valina Carpenter
    Policy Devel Coordinator
    Chidi Nwuneli Planning Analyst CCT 860-418-6341 

    Nichole Howe

    Associate Accountant


    For general Office of Policy and Management Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division inquiries, please contact: