FY2018 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Application Webinars & Assistance Tools

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsRemember: The FY 2018 FP&S grant application period will open on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8 AM ET and will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

Grant Application Webinars

The FP&S Program Office will host 2 webinars to help you with your FY 2018 FP&S grant application. The webinars will provide potential applicants with general information about the FP&S grant program, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an application. FP&S Program Officers will be available to answer questions.

Details and more: AFGP Workshop Schedule at FEMA.gov

FY 2018 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance

Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using the following application assistance tools:

  • FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – This document contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Application Checklist – This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application. Collecting this information will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions specifically about the Research and Development Activity within the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Self Evaluation Sheet – This Self Evaluation Sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S grants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Cost Share Calculator – This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.

All FEMA FP&S application assistance tools and resources

More about FY2018 FP&S

FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsUp to $35,000,000 in fire grants available

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Period: Monday, November 12, 2018, 8 a.m. ET – Friday, December 21, 2018, 5 p.m. (EST)

Grants for Fire Prevention, Fire Safety, and Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D)

The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

The objective of the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program is for grantees to carry out fire prevention education and training, fire code enforcement, fire/arson investigation, firefighter safety and health programming, prevention efforts, and research and development.

What this grant does for your agency

FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides potential eligible applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S)

The FP&S Activity is designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards.

Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • Community Risk Reduction;
  • Code Enforcement/Awareness;
  • Fire & Arson Investigation; and
  • National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.

Each category within this activity has specific priorities. For additional details, please see Appendix B – Programmatic Information and Priorities, Section II. Funding Priorities.

Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity

The R&D Activity is aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

The 6 project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  1. Clinical Studies;
  2. Technology and Product Development;
  3. Database System Development;
  4. Dissemination and Implementation Research;
  5. Preliminary Studies; and
  6. Early Career Investigator

Agencies awarded the FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants receive grant funds to mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards; and to improve firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Available Funding for the NOFO: $35,000,000

Projected Number of Awards: 150

Period of Performance: 12–36 months.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both
private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.

For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive an FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Dec. 21, 2018.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-044-000-98. Apply for the FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

Ford Disaster Relief Vehicle Grant Program

Purchase and fit a Ford Transit to serve as a disaster response vehicle

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

From the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge helps communities respond to natural disasters. Departments receiving an award from the Ford Disaster Relief Vehicle Grant receive funds to purchase and customize a Ford Transit to help your agency respond to natural disasters.

What this grant does for your agency

The Ford Transit offers the flexibility to fit any business by offering a cargo van or passenger wagon plus your choice of three roof heights, three lengths and two wheelbases. Also available is the choice of three engines along with a seemingly endless list of upfitting options.

Agencies awarded the Ford Disaster Relief Vehicle Grant Program receive funds to purchase and outfit a Ford Transit for disaster response.

3 grants of $70,000 will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Non-Profit, City, County, or Town Government
  • Nationwide
  • The vehicles must be used to respond to natural disasters; defined as any event that is caused by nature and causes great damage such as a flood, earthquake or fire.

About The Ford Fund

Since Ford began operations in 1949, the company has invested nearly $1.5 billion in civic organizations around the world to help drive a brighter future. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Oct. 31, 2019.

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Apply for the Ford Disaster Relief Vehicle Grant Program

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Enhance the safety of the public and firefighters

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Application Period: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. EST — Fri., Oct. 26, 5 p.m. EST

$315,000,000 available for Fire Service Organizations

The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters
with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The program provides direct financial
assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS)
organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). The funds provide critically
needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards,
enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community
resilience.

What this grant does for your agency

The AFG Program also addresses the following “Core Capabilities” of the National
Preparedness Goal:

  • Fire Management and Suppression
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Threats and Hazards Identification
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
  • Operational Coordination
  • OperationalCommunications
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • Community Resilience
  • Long-term VulnerabilityReduction

Agencies awarded the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) receive fire grants to help them enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

2,500 awards are projected to be awarded (but this number is only an estimate).

Application resources and materials

The application assistance tools below can help you understand the AFG program and prepare your application:

  • 2018 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist

AFG resources at FEMA.gov

Kurt says…

First Responder Grants Senior Consultant Kurt Bradley has helped fire service organizations nationwide win hundreds of millions of dollars in AFG funds. Here are his tips for 2018 AFG:

  • Review the NOFO carefully 2-3 times. I cannot emphasize this enough. The #1 reason grants are rejected is failure to read and follow directions.
  • Read the questions several times. Then answer the questions, being careful to take full credit for the answer you give.
  • High priority items only. Do not bother going after anything that is marked as medium or low priority. AFG will only fund high priority items, and that high priority is set by AFG, not you.
  • Requesting funds for turnout gear? If going after turnout gear, you need to be replacing at least 50% of your department’s gear. The gear being replaced also needs to be at least 13-14 years of age to get any priority at all.
  • Choose your answers carefully. Be careful about your selection for why you are replacing equipment or PPE. Read all choices clearly before selecting. There are new choices this year, so read the NOFO carefully before selecting your answer. The wrong answer can cause your request to be instantly rejected. This was a top reason for grants being rejected by computer last year.
  • Vehicle acquisitions? Even though only about 100 fire trucks are given away per year, apparatus is AFG’s most requested item. Even if you have the strongest need, trucks are a roll of the dice. AFG only funds about 10-15 trucks over the $500,000 mark per year. Have a plan B in mind to replace trucks. Also, be sure your request is “reasonable” in cost, no bells or whistles.
  • Check your math. Be sure numbers that you put down in answer boxes add up correctly to totals listed elsewhere. They should also agree with what you are stating in your narratives. Inconsistencies are cause for rejection.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Get your application done, make sure it’s rock solid, and submit it as soon as possible. Don’t wait till a week before it’s due. Start now: get it composed, proof-read, entered, and submitted.
  • Structure micro-grants to new funding limits. Micro-grants now have a $50,000 maximum, so make sure your micro-grant is specific and keeps under that limit.

Need help with your AFG application?

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Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire Departments
Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area.

Nonaffiliated EMS organizations
Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical service entity providing medical transport that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

State Fire Training Academies
A State Fire Training Academy (SFTA) operates in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole fire service training agency within a state, territory, or the District of Columbia. The designated SFTA shall be the only agency/bureau/division, or entity within that state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

About the FEMA

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Fri., Oct. 26, 5 p.m. EST.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-044-00-99. Apply for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) opens Sept. 24, 2018

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The 2018 AFG application period will open at 8:00 AM Monday, September 24, 2018 and will close on Friday, October 26 at 5:00 PM EST.

Begin preparing for the FY 2018 open application period by reviewing the available application assistance tools below.

FY 2018 AFG Application Guidance Materials Available Now

  • 2018 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist

FY2018 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

COPSCombat illegal methamphetamine manufacture and distribution

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Grants up to $2 million

The 2018 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program is a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

What this grant does for your agency

CAMP funds must be used to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine (including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers).

This solicitation will be very competitive. Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration.

Approximately $8 million in funding is available for FY 2018 CAMP. Each grant is two years (24 months) in duration, and there is no local match. Each grant recipient may receive a maximum of $2 million.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) is a competitive award program with a focus on advancing public safety by providing funds to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. CAMP provides funding directly to state law enforcement agencies in states with high seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures for the purpose of locating and investigating illicit activities including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers. Only state law enforcement agencies authorized by law or by a state agency to engage in or to supervise anti-methamphetamine investigative activities are eligible to apply for funding. Additional consideration will be given to agencies participating in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

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. More

Grant Deadline

Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

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FY2018 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

COPSCombat heroin, unlawful opoid distribution

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT

Grants up to $3 million

The 2018 Anti-Heroin Task Force Program is a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

What this grant does for your agency

AHTF provides funding for 24 months directly to state law enforcement agencies with high rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds awarded in this program shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities, including activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids or unlawful diversion and distribution of prescription opioids.

AHTF will be open to state law enforcement agencies with multi-jurisdictional reach and an interdisciplinary team (e.g., task force) structures.

These state law enforcement agencies must have primary law enforcement authority over heroin and other opioids seizures.

The COPS Office anticipates making approximately 10 2018 AHTF awards for a total of approximately $32,000,000. Funding requests under this program will be capped at $3,000,000 per award.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTF) is a competitive program with a focus on advancing public safety by providing funds to investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids, or unlawful heroin and prescription opioid traffickers through statewide collaboration. AHTF funds awarded in this program shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities, including activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids or unlawful diversion and distribution of prescription opioids. AHTF will be open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and an interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. These state law enforcement agencies must have primary law enforcement authority over heroin and other opioids seizures.

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. More

Grant Deadline

Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

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Apply for the 2018 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

COPSUp to $10 million for community policing

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: June 7, 2018, 7:59 PM EDT

Develop and implement community policing programs in your jurisdiction

The 2018 Community Policing Development Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through:

  • training and technical assistance
  • the development of innovative community policing strategies
  • field-directed law enforcement microgrants
  • guidebooks, and
  • best practices that are national in scope

The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

What this grant does for your agency

Community Policing Development (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 2018 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.

Agencies awarded the COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program receive funds for projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Incorporating Community Policing into Contemporary Broken Windows Theory Applications
  • Supporting First Amendment Rights: The Community Policing Approach
  • Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking
  • Online Law Enforcement Training
  • Supporting First-Line Supervisors
  • Field-Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants
    • Peer Support for Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Human Trafficking
    • Hate Crimes
    • Recruitment and Hiring
    • Incident-Specific After-Action Reviews
    • Child and Youth Engagement
  • Open Topic Area
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2018 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.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, June 7, 2018.

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Apply for the COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

BVP body armor grant - Bulletproof Vest PartnershipBody armor for state and local law enforcement

Grant Website and Guidelines

Grant Deadline: All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm ET, May 29, 2018

Over 1 million body armor vests awarded since 1999

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $430 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,294,837) as of July, 2017).

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) receive funds for state and local law enforcement officers to procure body armor.

Documentation Requirement: Grantees are required to keep documentation to support the BVP vest application and payment requests for at least a three year period.

Other Federal Funds: Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds or other federal funding sources may not be used to pay for that portion of the bullet proof vest (50%) that is not covered by BVP funds. JAG or other federal funds may be used to purchase vests for an agency, but they may not be used as the 50% match for BVP purposes.

NEW: Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement The BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 included a provision that states that BJA may give preferential consideration to BVP recipients that provide armor vests to law enforcement officers that are uniquely fitted for such officers, including vests uniquely fitted to individual female law enforcement officers. This provision is applicable to FY 17 BVP awards moving forward. Please see the BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amendment for reference: https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ155/PLAW-114publ155.pdf.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines

About the OJP

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 6:00 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018.

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Apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

NIJ National Institute of JusticeAwards of up to $250,000

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 30, 2018.

Forensic Science Improvement Grants for Law Enforcement Agencies

About

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program funding is available as two separate solicitations – formula and competitive.

Register & Apply

Applicants to the competitive solicitation must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application under this solicitation.

Both State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and units of local government are eligible to apply for the competitive funds.

Review the solicitation.

Full Description

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for competitive funding under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), which awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner’s office services.

Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel and mediocolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.

Under the Coverdell program, State Administering Agencies (SAAs) are eligible to apply for both formula and competitive funds. Units of local government are eligible to apply for competitive funds only. This solicitation is ONLY for the competitive funds.

NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. See also NIJ.gov’s funding FAQ page.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to States (including territories) and units of local government.

State Administering Agencies (SAAs) apply on behalf of States, including any State government
entity.

For information on eligibility, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or
management fee.

Grant Purposes

A State or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or
more of these six purposes:

  1. To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner’s office services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
  2. To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, impression evidence, toxicology, digital evidence, fire evidence, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  3. To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed to eliminate such a backlog.
  4. To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
  5. To educate and train forensic pathologists.
  6. To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.

Federal Award Information

NIJ expects to make awards of up to $250,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2,875,000. NIJ expects to make awards for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019. Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a project period extension, ordinarily will not exceed three years.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Available Funding: As of the writing of this solicitation, no full-year appropriation has been enacted for the Department of Justice for FY 2018 and thus the amount (if any) that will be made available for the Coverdell program is not known. The figures and calculations reflected in this solicitation (for example, the estimated minimum award to States and the estimated amount of formula funds, by State) are based on an estimated total amount available of $11,500,000, although the amount ultimately made available could be higher or lower (or even zero). Applicants are strongly advised to check for updates to the solicitation prior to submitting applications.

Register and apply at Grants.gov