Police grants: Revised DoJ guidance may impact your COPS grants

Release from COPS office

IMPORTANT: REVISED GUIDANCE IMPACTING YOUR DOJ COPS GRANT AWARD

Consistent with an April 14, 2021 Attorney General memorandum, the Department of Justice has revised its guidance regarding conditions on COPS grants as described here.

The COPS Office will no longer apply or enforce the following conditions to existing or future grants:

  • Conditions related to 8 U.S.C. § 1373
  • 287(g) Partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Access and Notice Consideration (“Certification of Illegal Immigration Cooperation”)

The list of impacted COPS Office programs include:

  • FY17 and FY20 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)
  • FY17 – FY20 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)
  • FY17 – FY20 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program
  • FY17 – FY20 Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) Program
  • FY17 – FY20 Community Policing Development (CPD) Program including Microgrants

The COPS Office will not modify the terms and conditions of any existing award document, but this document serves as notice that the COPS Office will not apply or enforce the conditions identified above. Recipients need not take any action to effectuate this change, but are still required to comply with all other requirements of their award.

Original release: Important: Revised Guidance Impacting Your DOJ COPS Grant Award | COPS OFFICE

Mental health, anti-meth, and anti-heroin: Justice Department opens 3 law enforcement grants totaling $58 million

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Justice Department Releases $58 Million in Solicitations to Combat the Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Improve Officer Wellness

The Justice Department announced today that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released approximately $58 million in three grant solicitations that will advance community policing, help combat the dual scourges of opioid and methamphetamine use, and promote the health and safety of our nation’s law enforcement officers.

“The grant solicitations announced today will help law enforcement agencies in their continuing struggles on two fronts – fighting against the public health and safety crisis of illegal drug use, and safeguarding the mental health and wellness of our law enforcement officers,” said Acting Director Robert Chapman of the COPS Office. “The COPS Office is pleased to make these resources available that will not only help to protect our nation’s citizens, but also the law enforcement officers who do so much to protect them.”

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through the implementation of peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs. The 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 wellness programs.

The COPS Office Anti-Heroin Task Force Program advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement to locate and investigate illicit activities through statewide collaboration related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Funding is available only to state law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority over heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opioids seizures and investigations.

The COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Funds must be used to locate or investigate illicit activities such as precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers.

For more information on COPS Office funding, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants.

The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to agency for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. The COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 134,000 officers.

Original release: Justice Department Releases $58 Million in Solicitations to Combat the Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Improve Officer Wellness | OPA | Department of Justice

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant

Equipment funding grants for public safety agencies and first responders

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an rotating basis.

2021 grant application periods (subject to change)

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021–Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5 PM ET
  • Tuesday, July 6, 2021–Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 5 PM ET
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021–2022 Q1 grant deadline: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5 PM ET

Not just for the fire service

All types of public safety agencies, including fire departments, law enforcement, EMS, public safety organizations, non-profits, and schools are eligible.

The Foundation mainly focuses its resources in areas served by Firehouse Subs restaurants, typically within a 60-mile radius of a Firehouse Subs location. However, the Foundation does consider applications outside of the 60-mile guideline.

Lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation supports improving the lifesaving capabilities of first responders and public safety agencies.

The Foundation accomplishes this by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations.

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant receive funds to aid in purchasing equipment.

  • “$15,000-$25,000 is a guideline”
  • “Requests exceeding $50,000 will not be accepted.”
  • If your organization has received a grant from this funder in the past, they ask that you “wait a minimum of two years from the date of approval before reapplying.”
  • Up to 600 applications accepted per application period. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

All public safety grant requests must fall within the Foundation’s funding guidelines:

http://firehousesubsfoundation.org/about-us/funding-areas

Some types of equipment items are not eligible, including (but not limited to):

  • Body cameras
  • Building exhaust removal systems
  • Crash data boxes
  • Dash cams
  • Drones and drone accessories
  • Exercise equipment
  • Goodie bags
  • Guns/firearms/use of force equipment
  • Riot gear
  • Laser pointers (designators)
  • Inflatable bounce houses
  • License plate readers
  • Narcan
  • Philips FR3 AEDs
  • Pluggie the fire plug robot
  • Polar Breeze thermal rehabilitation systems
  • Portable message signs
  • Power load stretchers
  • Radar detectors
  • Recording devices
  • Refurbished equipment
  • Scott SCBA Model AP50 at this time (but “all other Scott product requests are acceptable.”)”
  • Security systems
  • Surveillance equipment
  • Sparky the Fire Dog robots and costumes
  • Stop sticks
  • Tasers
  • Throw bots
  • Traffic road barriers
  • TruNar analyzers
  • T-shirts & polos

About the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Founded in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation works to “impact the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities.” More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Wed., May 12, 2021.

Apply

Apply for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant

Law Enforcement Agencies: Have you followed these 5 steps from the COPS grants office?

In order to apply for COPS Office funding, please prepare by taking the following actions

The Department of Justice’s COPS Office is a leading source of grant opportunities for Law Enforcement Agencies. To get ready for upcoming grant opportunities, the COPS office asks you to do the following:

STEP 1: Get a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number by calling 866-705-5711 or visiting fedgov.dnb.com/webform

STEP 2: Ensure active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database (registration must be updated or renewed annually to maintain an active status)
**ALERT: You must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator before your registration will be activated. This requirement now applies to both new and existing entities. (www.grants.gov)

STEP 3: The COPS Office application is a two-step process that involves Grants.gov and JustGrants access. Register at JustGrants

STEP 4: Register at Grants.gov and complete form SF-424

STEP 5: Sign-up for notifications on COPS Office funding opportunities and activities

Need help with grants?

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Police grants: 5 BJA grants open now

Grants for drug courts, tribes, TTA, and more

Grant season is open! The four Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grants below could provide useful resources to your agency and area:

FY 2021 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program

FY 2021 Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program

FY 2021 Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

FY 2021 Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program

FY 2021 Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism

Not sure what to do?

Contact our grant consultants for help

Tribal Community Policing Grants: FY2021 DoJ COPS Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

Implement and enhance community policing in Tribal Nations

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grants.gov Opportunity Number: O-BJA-2021-60008

Grants.gov Competition ID: C-BJA-2021-60008

Grant Deadline:

The deadline for applicants to register for Grants.gov and submit an SF-424 via Grants.gov is March 16, 2021.

The deadline to submit your Tribe’s CTAS application is Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 9 PM EST.

Community policing grants for Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Tribal consortia

What this grant does for your agency

CTAS Purpose Area #1: Tribal Resources Grant Program:

  • Expands the implementation of community policing and meets the most serious needs of law enforcement in Tribal Nations
  • Hire or re-hire career law enforcement officers and Village Public Safety Officers
  • Procure basic equipment and training to assist in the initiation or enhancement of Tribal community policing efforts

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include “Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Other.”

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

About the DoJ 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

Grant applications are due no later than 9 p.m. EST, Mar. 30, 2021.

Apply

Apply for the FY2021 DoJ COPS Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

Police grants from the Department of Justice open now

The Department of Justice offers funding opportunities to…

  • Support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions
  • Assist victims of crime
  • Provide training and technical assistance
  • Conduct research; and
  • Implement programs that improve the criminal, civil, and juvenile justice systems

Over 100 grant and other funding programs are open for law enforcement now. What grants will be best for your agency this year?

Learn more and apply

Need help finding the right police grants for your law enforcement agency?

Contact our grant consultants today

Law Enforcement: Your Checklist for the NCJRS JustGrants/ASAP transition

JustGrants

JustGrants is coming: Are you ready?

The transition to the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) and the Department of the Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) is fast approaching for OJP, OVW, and COPS Office award recipients.

JustGrants and ASAP will be available to users beginning October 15, 2020.

Award recipients should be aware of some key transition dates, as well as a number of steps required for a smooth transition. The current systems – GMS, NexGen, and GPRS – have been discontinued.

A full description of the transition timeline and the many benefits of the new systems are available at the Justice Grants website.

To support users in the transition to the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) and the Department of the Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a step-by-step checklist has been posted online that covers all of the necessary steps your entity will need to take before JustGrants launches on October 15, 2020.

Go to JustGrants

Go to ASAP

Are You Ready for JustGrants and ASAP?

Get the checklist

Need help with grants? Contact us today

Gearing up for 2021 COPS Grants?

6 steps to prepare

From hiring programs to anti-drugs programs, mental health to community policing, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) helps connect Law Enforcement Agencies nationwide with billions in policing grants.

More COPS programs are expected to open in 2021… but will you be ready?

Here are 6 steps to take now, so you can be ready for COPS opportunities whenever they come along:

STEP 1: Obtain a valid ORI number. If you do not have an ORI, go to https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/ORIRequest.aspx

STEP 2: Get a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number by calling 866-705-5711 or visiting https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/

STEP 3: Ensure active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database (registration must be updated or renewed annually to maintain an active status). You must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator before your registration will be activated. This requirement now applies to both new and existing entities.

STEP 4: Register at Grants.gov and complete form SF-424

STEP 5: Sign-up for notifications on COPS Office funding opportunities and activities

STEP 6: If applicable, update agency contacts and users in the Agency Portal.

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GRANT ALERT! Last chance for JAG

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) closes Aug. 10!

Through this opportunity, BJA is seeking applications to fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider that will provide law enforcement agencies with information and expertise from multiple organizations or consortia via a one-stop, dedicated response center.

Apply by Aug. 10, 2020

Learn more and apply now