Opening soon: COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants

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Big news!

Despite interest in the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants Initiative, both programs have been on hold while a lawsuit made its way through Federal court. Law Enforcement Agencies like yours have been waiting for over a year for a resolution on these programs.

However, according to a notice from the COPS Office, the lawsuit has been resolved.

Here are the 3 most important things for you to know right now:

  1. Both programs are expected to open for applications in the next few weeks
  2. Programs will be open for applications for approximately 60 days
  3. The COPS Office expects to announce awards in December

We’ll keep you posted on updates and when your agency can apply for these programs.

Here’s the full announcement from the COPS Office:

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that we will soon be opening applications for both the 2018 and 2019 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and the Community Policing Development Microgrant Initiative. On Friday, July 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Department of Justice in the City of Los Angeles v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, lifting the nationwide injunction on CHP and the Microgrants. The COPS Office plans to open solicitations for both the 2018 and 2019 funding in the coming days. Once the solicitations are open and we’re ready to receive applications, we’ll send an additional notice with links to all of the appropriate materials.

The solicitations will be open for approximately 60 days and we expect to announce awards in December.

Please stay tuned for additional details and do not hesitate to contact the COPS Office Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 if you have any questions.

We at First Responder Grants are keeping a close eye and will let you know when these programs open. Want to know how these programs could help your agency? Get in touch

Quarterback wants to help LEAs with K-9 units

Reminder: Apply for this K9 grant by Aug. 15

If your LEA is in Pittsburgh, PA, or in the city/surrounding area of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2019 regular season, then your department is eligible for a special K-9 grant.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, welcomes grant inquiries for support until August 15, 2019. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will disperse grants to police and fire department K-9 units throughout the U.S. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of K-9 related needs are considered.

Applied for AFG and got this email from SAM.gov? Do this right now

SAM.gov

If your department is like thousands of others around the country, you are wondering when you are going to hear about your AFG application. We’ve been hearing about fire departments receiving some eye-widening emails, and here’s what our own Senior Grant Consultant has to say about the instructions in the email:

“The following emails are starting to arrive in people’s mailboxes,” says Kurt. “I do not believe it is an indication of an award to anyone. However, the only people receiving them are those with 2018 AFG applications in the system right now. If you have any application submitted and under consideration at this time, you need to do this right now!”

If you’ve received an email like the one below, follow these instructions:

System for Award Management (SAM) Reminders

This is a reminder that per the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) all grant applicants must have been registered in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their online application.

All Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times while they have an application pending or have an active federal award.

FEMA may not make an award to an applicant if they do not have an active SAM.gov registration with current information.


Therefore, we recommended that all applicants check their SAM.gov account to make sure it is ACTIVE. Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registrations are only active for one year and registration must be renewed and revalidated at least every 12 months from the date previously registered to avoid being INACTIVE.
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov

First Responder Grants can help too.

The information above is what we’ve been hearing about coming from SAM and FEMA. Are you trying to figure out what this means for your grant and your application?

We can help with that. Contact us today

Your next Law Enforcement grant can stand out with these 3 resources

One tree stands taller than the others

Every year Law Enforcement Agencies around the country apply for grants. Competition is stiff. One of the things that can help your grant stand taller than the rest?

Solid data.

Facts and figures paint a picture that shows the grant reviewer your need—and why your agency deserves a grant over another.

Here are 3 resources that can help your next grant stand out:

Arrest Data Analysis Tool – Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data on local arrests.

Check out the Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Kids Count

Great site for Juvenile Justice statistical research for your area and for comparisons regarding other geographical areas of the U.S. Data can be viewed in the form of profiles, rankings, or raw data. Created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count has compiled indicators of child well-being from U.S. Census data and other sources, and created an interactive online database.

Check out the Kids Count

Crime Statistics – Finding Statistics and Data – Managed by the University of Michigan Library

Find data produced by governments on a wide variety of topics including data on local communities, other countries, criminal justice, incarceration and jails.

Check out the Crime Statistics

Is your agency in SAM? FY 2018 System for Award Management (SAM) Reminders

SAM.gov

This is a reminder that per the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) all grant applicants must have been registered in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their online application.

All Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times while they have an application pending or have an active federal award.

FEMA may not make an award to an applicant if they do not have an active SAM.gov registration with current information.


Therefore, we recommended that all applicants check their SAM.gov account to make sure it is “ACTIVE.” Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registrations are only active for one year and registration must be renewed and revalidated at least every 12 months from the date previously registered to avoid being “INACTIVE”.
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov

Grant tips and more: Listen to us on the “Beyond the Call Podcast”

Beyond the Call Podcast talks with Margaret Stark of First Responder Grants

Senior Grants Consultant and First Responder Grants founder Margaret Stark shares her journey in starting First Responder Grants, and passes along key tips for securing grants.

You can hear Beyond the Call at SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and more.

Thank you to our friends at Beyond the Call, the National Police Credit Union, and the Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union for having us!

FY 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

Up to $25 million to improve school security

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-SVPP-Application-2019

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 31, 2019

Implement evidence-based school safety programs

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) gave the COPS Office authority to provide awards directly to States, units of local government, or Indian tribes to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.

What this grant does for your agency

SVPP funding will provide up to 75% funding for the following school safety measures in and around K-12 (primary and secondary) schools and school grounds:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self
  • Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
  • Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
  • Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security

The following school safety measures will be available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) section of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

  • Development and operation of anonymous reporting systems
  • Hotlines
  • Internet websites
  • Mobile telephone applications
  • Development and operation of a school threat assessment
  • Specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises
  • Training for school personnel and students to prevent student violence against others and self
  • Any other measure the BJA determines may provide a significant improvement in security

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) receive grants up to $500,000.

Up to $25 million is available through this year’s COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

Applications for SVPP must be submitted by a state, tribe, or local unit of ‘general’ government (city, county, township, etc.), or public agencies (school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments). Recipients of SVPP funding must use funding for the benefit of K-12, primary and secondary schools and students.

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, Fri., May 31, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

FY 2019 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

$32 million available to combat heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opioids

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-AHTF-APPLICATION-2019

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

Locate or investigate illicit activities related to the illegal distribution of opoids

The COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program is a competitive grant solicitation, open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures, in states with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions.

What this grant does for your agency

AHTF is designed to assist state law enforcement agencies to

  • increase efforts to locate and investigate illicit activities relating to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids;
  • establish new or enhance existing multijurisdictional and interdisciplinary task forces to investigate heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids;
  • increase the use of community policing strategies during the investigation phase (including problem solving, partnerships, and organizational changes) to reduce the availability of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids;
  • increase anti-heroin collaboration efforts during investigations with federal, state, local, and/or tribal partners involved in prevention, intervention and treatment, identification of drug endangered children, and enforcement activities.

AHTF may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opioids-related activities.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program receive grants up to $3 million.

Approximately $32 million in funding is available for FY 2019 AHTF. Each grant is 2 years (24 months) in duration, and there is no local match. Each grant recipient may receive a maximum of $3 million.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. Open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures, in states with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have primary authority over state seizures of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opioids
  • have high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opioids
  • use the funds for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids

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.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD)

Up to $6 million in police grants available

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

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

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

Improve and implement community policing programs

The 2019 CPD program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

What this grant does for your agency

CPD funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.

The 2019 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Building Bridges between Law Enforcement and Youth
  • Increasing the Capacity for Change Through the Implementation of Innovative Recruitment Strategies
  • Designing a Public and Officer Safety Dashboard
  • Protecting Youth Through the Implementation of School Safety Recommendations
  • Translating Crime Reduction Best and Emerging Practices for Small and Rural Agencies
  • Building a Campaign to Improve the Reporting of Hate Crimes
  • Improving Law Enforcement Coordination and Information Sharing in Response to Endangered Youth
  • Innovative Uses of Technology to Address Crime
  • Emerging Issues Forums
  • Training for Law Enforcement: Developing New Skill Building Courses to Advance Public Safety
  • Blue Alert Network Support
  • Open Category

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD) receive funds toward one of the programs above.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD) 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 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., May 28, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD)

FY 2019 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

$1–2 million grants to combat methamphetamine manufacturing and trafficking

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-CAMP-APPLICATION-2019

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

No local match

The FY 2019 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) is a competitive grant solicitation, open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures, in states with high seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures.

CAMP may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute methamphetamine-related activities.

What this grant does for your agency

CAMP is designed to assist state law enforcement agencies to…

  • increase efforts to locate and investigate illicit methamphetamine activities including precursor diversion, laboratories, or traffickers;
  • establish new or enhance existing multijurisdictional and interdisciplinary task forces to investigate and lead to the seizure of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures;
  • increase the use of community policing strategies during the investigation phase (including problem solving, partnerships, and organizational changes) to reduce the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine;
  • increase anti-methamphetamine collaboration efforts during investigations with federal, state, local, and/or tribal partners involved in prevention, intervention and treatment, identification of drug endangered children, and enforcement activities.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) receive grants of at least $1 million, up to $2 million.

Estimated Total Program Funding: Approximately $8 million

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have primary authority over state seizures of methamphetamine
  • Have high seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures
  • Use the funds for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine (including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers)
  • Submit a budget request of at least $1 million

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.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)