The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is offering multiple grants, ranging from $200,000 to $400,000, to governments, public institutions of higher learning and nonprofits, to evaluate girls' delinquency programs. Grantees will document and measure the effectiveness of delinquency prevention, intervention, and/or treatment programs in preventing and reducing risky behaviors of girls.

Over the past two decades, the number of girls entering the juvenile justice system has grown dramatically, according to DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) officials say. OJJDP wants to determine whether delinquency in girls has worsened or if society's responses to girls' behavior have changed.

July 8 is the deadline to apply for the grants. Download more information on the grants. On the site, scroll down the page and check off Federal Foundation Assistance Monitor.