COPS Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

Improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement

COPS

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Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-Community-Policing-Development-2019

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

Up to $2 million available for training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices

LEMHWA funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topic requirements.

The 2019 LEMHWA program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement, and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer mentoring programs.

What this grant does for your agency

Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement, and significantly advance peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs within law enforcement agencies across the country. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded LEMHWA funding. Except where otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.

Agencies awarded the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program receive funds for projects related to the following topic areas:

  • LEMHWA Peer Mentoring Training and Support: Up to one (1) award for up to $350,000
  • LEMHWA Recommendation Implementation: Funding: Up to one (1) award for up to $250,000
  • LEMHWA Peer Support Implementation Projects: Funding: Up to ten (10) projects for up to $100,000 each (up to $1,000,000)

Up to $2 million is available through this year’s program, and all awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2019 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

About the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 7:59 p.m. EST, Tues., May 28, 2019.

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Apply for the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Grant

BJA

Outfit Law Enforcement Agencies with Body-Worn Cameras

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2019-15087

CFDA Number(s): 16.835

Grant Deadline: June 5, 2019

Improve evidence capture and improved justice outcomes

Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) directly supports key priorities of the Department of Justice by promoting the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens by strengthening the means for evidence capture and by contributing to improved justice outcomes. Both formal research publication and testimonials by law enforcement executives have shown that BWCs, when properly implemented, contribute myriad benefits to law enforcement organizations, their personnel, and the communities they serve.

What this grant does for your agency

BWC use can have a moderating effect on citizens’ behavior; has been shown to reduce use-offorce incidents and citizen complaints; and can help strengthen mutual respect and civility in citizenpolice interactions. Digital footage from BWCs can provide critical visual and audio records of interactions. The benefits of BWCs can be optimized when properly implemented as part of a deliberate program of carefully thought-out policies and practices in coordination with broader agency missions, including officer safety, accountability, increased disparity, training, and efficiency.

Program funds under this solicitation are intended specifically for agencies seeking to establish or expand comprehensive BWC programs with a specified plan to implement this technology in a manner that maximizes the benefits of BWCs. As part of their submission, applicants must describe a deliberate and phased plan to deploy this technology, as well as specific ways it will be used to enhance the applicant agency’s mission. Applicants that are seeking only to fund the purchase of BWCs without consideration of the broader program goals discussed below will not be considered for funding.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Grant receive funds toward establishing and outfitting body-worn camera (BWC) programs.

The following are the categories under which applicants to the FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) may apply:

CATEGORY 1: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS FOR SMALL and MID-SIZED AGENCIES. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15304

This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in small and mid-sized law enforcement agencies with 250 or fewer sworn officers. Agencies may invite subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals. If they do, the combined number of sworn officers across all agencies should be used to determine the category of funding.

Funding Range: Applicants may request no more than $500,000 under this category. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.

CATEGORY 2: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS FOR LARGE AGENCIES. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15305

This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in large
police agencies with more than 250 and up to 1,000 sworn officers. Agencies may invite
subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals. If they do, the combined number
of sworn officers across all agencies should be used to determine the category of funding.

Funding Range: Applicants may request no more than $2,000,000 under this category. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.

CATEGORY 3: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS FOR EXTRALARGE AGENCIES. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15306

This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in extra-large police agencies with more than 1,000 sworn officers. Agencies may invite subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals. If they do, the combined number of sworn officers across all agencies should be used to determine the category of funding.

Funding Range: Applicants may request no more than $3,000,000 under this category. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.

CATEGORY 4: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS THROUGH STATE OR REGIONAL CONSORTIA. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15307

This funding category seeks to leverage economies of scale by enabling a single organization to apply on behalf of component agencies in order to leverage partnerships, collaboration, and joint-acquisition strategies to establish new or expand existing BWC programs. Category 4 is reserved for programs where multiple agencies would work together to carry out BWCPIP implementation under an established consortium representing a group of law enforcement agencies. Eligible applicants under this category include state agencies (e.g., state police, State Administering Agencies (SAAs)), regional law enforcement authorities, or major city or county agencies, acting on behalf of a joint partnership or consortium.

Funding Range: There is a maximum allowable request of $3,000,000 for this category and a minimum request of $200,000. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 Funding Metric described in the subsection immediately below.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants are limited to public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding entities).

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, June 5, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Grant

Grant writing at a Motor Speedway?

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

You know how we talk about how fast-paced the world of grants is?

That’s why it’s so perfect that you have a great opportunity to join us for a special grant-writing training on May 30-31, 2019.

New Hampshire’s Loudon Police Department has graciously arranged for us to host our training at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Come join us for two days of meat-and-potatoes grant writing training designed to turn you into a first-rate public safety grant writer. Presented in language you will understand.

Learn how to help your agency get the training, to get the grant, to get the gear!

See you at the track!

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26 NIJ law enforcement grants open now

NIJ National Institute of Justice

From forensic science to violent crime prevention, the National Institute of Justice has 26 Law Enforcement grants open right now.

NIJ’s competitive programs can be the perfect way to increase funding that helps you better protect your community and better serve your fellow officers.

Here are a few NIJ programs in particular that we have our eyes on

NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime, Fiscal Year 2019

Research and Evaluation on White-Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud, Fiscal Year 2019

Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Fiscal Year 2019

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence, Fiscal Year 2019

See all 26 NIJ grants

Need help figuring out which NIJ grants to apply for?

Contact one of our Grant Consultants today

Fire Grant Alert: FM Global Fire Prevention Grant closes Mar. 31

Are you looking for a grant that can supports your organization’s fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts?

The current round of the FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program closes Mar. 31. This long-time grant program is open to fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations. Eligible programs include:

  • Pre-Incident Planning (computer software programs, laptops)
  • Fire Prevention Education/Training (community outreach initiatives, workshops, publications)
  • Arson Prevention/Fire Investigation (juvenile fire setter programs, continuing education courses, digital and specialized cameras, accelerant detection equipment)

There’s still time to get in your application. But if you miss the deadline? Fear not. FM Global accepts applications on a rolling basis. If you miss the Mar. 31 deadline, the next review date is July 31.

Learn more and apply

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant

BJA

Reduce SAK backlogs, solve more sexual assaults & reduce violent crime

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

CFDA Number(s): 16.833 — National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2019-15228

Grant Deadline: Apr. 9, 2019

Address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs)

This National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant program supports the Department of Justice’s mission by improving state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime; and the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

What this grant does for your agency

This National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant program supports the Department of Justice’s mission by improving state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime; and the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

What this grant does for your agency

SAKI supports the Department’s criminal justice priorities of reducing violent crime and
supporting law enforcement officers and prosecutors by:

(1) providing jurisdictions with resources to address sexual assault kits (SAKs) in their custody that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing by Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)-eligible DNA methodologies;
(2) improving investigation and prosecution in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process; and
(3) providing sites with resources to collect DNA samples from qualifying individuals who should have a sample in CODIS (based on the type and time of the offense in relation to applicable state law), but from whom a sample has never been collected or submitted to a laboratory for testing.

As part of this work, BJA will provide investigators with assistance in how to more effectively question subjects, which could provide stronger investigative leads and build stronger prosecutions, which in turn could help solve more crimes.

In addition to unsubmitted SAKs, SAKI addresses partially tested SAKs, as defined below. This program is not directed at untested kits that have been submitted to forensic labs for testing with CODIS-eligible DNA methodologies but are delayed for testing for longer than 30 days, for example, as a result of a laboratory backlog. A separate program addresses laboratory backlogs and capacity.

Agencies awarded the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant receive funds to help them clear SAK backlogs.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,000,000

Award Ceiling: $2,500,000

Award Floor: $500,000

Expected Number of Awards: 28

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants for Purpose Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 are state law enforcement agencies, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), as well as governmental non-law enforcement agencies acting as their fiscal agents, and prosecutor’s offices.

For Purpose Area 2, eligible applicants are limited to small law enforcement agencies with
fewer than 250 sworn officers or consortia of small law enforcement agencies, including tribal law enforcement agencies.

An applicant who previously received an award under the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is eligible to apply for funding under all purpose areas included in this solicitation.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., Apr. 9, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Competitive Grant

NIMS Alert 03-19: FEMA Seeks Feedback on Two NIMS Resource Management Documents

NIMS Alert FEMA

FEMA’s National Integration Center seeks public feedback on two NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions regarding HAZMAT response released today under theEnvironmental Response/Health and Safety core capability.

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

  1. To review the documents, visit:
  2. https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement
  3. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov.
  4. The national engagement period for these two documents will end at 5 p.m. ET on March 28, 2019.

NIMS Alert 01-19: National Engagement Period: Proposed Updates to the National Emergency Communications Plan

NIMS Alert FEMA

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is seeking feedback on proposed updates to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)—the Nation’s strategic plan to improve emergency communications.

CISA is leading a national effort to update the NECP, which was last revised in 2014. The updated NECP aligns with the Communications and Information Management component in NIMS (National Incident Management System) and strives to prepare stakeholders for a rapidly evolving emergency communications landscape. Proposed updates reflect the expanding ecosystem of people, technologies, and functions involved in supporting emergency communications to aid public safety entities with addressing today’s challenges while also planning for future advancements.  

Informed by stakeholder input and a nationwide emergency communications survey, the NECP provides guidance to those that plan for, coordinate, invest in, and use communications to support response and recovery operations. This includes traditional emergency responder disciplines (e.g., law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch) and other entities that share information during emergencies, such as medical facilities, utilities, nongovernmental organizations, as well as the media and private citizens.

To provide comments on the updated NECP, complete the feedback form on the DHS website and submit it to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov by March 22, 2019.

We appreciate your assistance and contributions in updating the NECP. Questions regarding NECP efforts can be directed to OECNECP@hq.dhs.gov.

New Rural EMS grant coming soon

Ambulances

SIREN Act to help rural areas access EMS equipment, training & personnel

Signed into law in December 2018, the new Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act will help rural areas procure equipment, training, personnel recruitment and retention.

According to First Responder Grants Senior Grant Consultant Kurt Bradley, the SIREN Act is expected to offer grants with a $200K limit and a 10% matching requirement.

Grant administration and setup is still in process. As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know more.

In the meantime, if you are looking to run or improve EMS in a rural area, get to work on the 4 things grant winners have in common. Whenever SIREN opens, you can be first out of the gate to try for this new grant.

Will the border wall take your fire grant funding? New law says no

FDs, if you’ve been worried about grant funding getting reallocated for the border wall, some recent news should set you at ease.

President Trump has signed into law the Consolidated Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Act. This $333 billion spending package includes multi-million dollar increases to many grant programs. Here’s a breakdown of funding levels for various grants and agencies:

 * AFG and SAFER have been funded at $350M FOR EACH PROGRAM, which is level funding from 2018

 * State Fire Assistance program funded at $81 million, which is up $1 million from FY18

 * State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) funded at $525 million, which is $18 million up from FY18

 * United States Fire Administration (USFA) funded at $44.179 million (plus another $1.5 million for National Fire Academy infrastructure improvements). FY18 funding was $42.9 million

 * Urban Area Search and Rescue System funded at $45.18 million, which is $10.15 million up from FY18

 * Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funded at $640 million, which is $10 million up from FY18

* Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program funded at $17 million, which is $1 million up from FY18

The upshot?

These crucial grant programs are healthy. You can safely ignore any doom-and-gloom nonsense circulating in the media or around the station table.

If you haven’t already, get working on those SAFER applications, start prepping for FY19 AFG, and look into any other Federal program that might benefit your department.

Congress and the President have done their job on allocating the funds. Now it’s your turn to get to work on winning those grants!