The Texoma Council of Governments announced that it will be hosting a mandatory workshop for those who are interested in applying for criminal justice grants through the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Eisenhower Room, which is on the first floor of the TCOG building at 1117 Gallagher Drive.

“These funds help local agencies in their efforts to assist victims of crime and prevent criminal activities in communities throughout the Texoma region,” TCOG Executive Director Susan Thomas said. “This workshop will provide applicants with the latest information about eligible activities, the application process and the funding timeline.”

The grants are funded through the Victims of Crime Act, the Violence Against Women Act, State Criminal Justice Planning program and Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act.

Organizations that are eligible to apply include state agencies, units of local government, nonprofit agencies, Native American tribes, community supervision and corrections departments, and councils of government. The workshop is provided for those who have never applied to CJD as well as those who have previous experience with the CJD grant application process.

TCOG, in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, provides coordination of the application process, including reviewing the applications and setting priorities for the applications.

TCOG is a voluntary association of the local governments in Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties. The council also facilitates the delivery of grant funding for homeland security and criminal justice.