FY 2020 BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program

BJA

Funding to help LEAs prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2020-18553

CFDA #16.034

Grant Deadline: May 29, 2020

$850 million for equipment, PPE, hiring, and more

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

What this grant does for your agency

Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to:

  • Overtime
  • Equipment
  • Law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hiring
  • Supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer)
  • Training
  • Travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas)
  • Addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers

Approximate Total Funding: $850 million. See State and Local Allocations for CESF funds

Expected Maximum Number of Awards: 1,873

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments that were identified as eligible for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are eligible to apply under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program solicitation. NOTE: Only the State Administering Agency that applied for FY 2019 JAG funding for a state/territory may apply for the state allocation of CESF funding.

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, May 29, 2020.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2020 BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program

BJA FY2017 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

BJAGrants up to $3,000,000

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Mar. 2, 2017

Test Untested Sexual Assault Kits & Prevent Sexual Assaults

The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding to test untested sexual assault kits, prevent sexual assaults, and improve the criminal justice system’s response to sexual assaults.

What this grant does for your agency

The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), provides funding through a competitive grant program to support
multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions’ approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). The focus of this solicitation is on those “unsubmitted kits” which are defined as SAKs that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing with CODIS-eligible DNA methodologies. This includes 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, e.g., as a result of a backlog of work in the laboratory. These are separate and distinct issues.

The goal of the SAKI is the creation of a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to these cases, whenever possible, through a victim-centered approach, as well as to build jurisdictions’ capacity to prevent the development of conditions that lead to high numbers of unsubmitted SAKs in the future. This holistic program provides jurisdictions with resources to address their unsubmitted SAK issue, including support to inventory, test, and track SAKs; create and report performance metrics; access necessary training to increase effectiveness in addressing the complex issues associated with these cases and engage in multidisciplinary policy development, implementation, and coordination; and improve practices related to investigation, prosecution, and victim engagement and support in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process. In FY 2015, 20 SAKI-site based grants were awarded to jurisdictions across the country for a total of $30,196,409. In FY 2016, 19 SAKI site-based grants were awarded for a total of $24,744,114, along with 7 supplemental awards to FY 2015 sites totaling $6,649,617.

Agencies awarded the BJA FY2017 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) receive a grant of up to $3,000,000.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded. With estimated total program funding of $4,100,000, 57 awards are expected.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Eligible applicants for Purpose Areas 1 and 3 are law enforcement agencies of states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), prosecutor’s offices, or a governmental non-law enforcement agency acting as fiscal agent for one of the previously listed types of eligible applicants.
  • Eligible applicants for Purpose Area 2 are limited to Small Law Enforcement Agencies with less than 250 sworn officers OR consortia of small law enforcement agencies.
  • State governments
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Thurs., Mar. 2, 2017.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11548. Apply for the BJA FY2017 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

BJA FY2017 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

BJADrug Court Grants up to $1,500,000

Grant Website
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290852

Grant Guidelines
https://www.bja.gov/DrugCourts17/

Grant Deadline: Feb. 28, 2017

Up to 40 awards expected

BJA is accepting applications to establish new drug courts or enhance existing drug court services, coordination, and offender management and recovery support services. The purpose of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug courts that effectively integrate evidenced-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over substance-abusing offenders.

BJA will prioritize making awards to those jurisdictions who do not have an active BJA drug court award. BJA may also elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

What this grant does for your agency

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to establish or enhance drug court services, coordination, management of drug court participants, and recovery support services. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems for nonviolent, criminally involved persons with substance-use disorders, including those related to opioid substance-use disorders.

As one type of problem-solving courts, drug courts have been demonstrated (where
implemented in an evidence-based manner) to reduce recidivism and substance abuse among
high-risk participants with substance use disorders and increase their likelihood of successful rehabilitation through:

  • Early, continuous, and intense treatment;
  • Close judicial supervision and involvement (including judicial interaction with participants and frequent status hearings);
  • Mandatory and random drug testing;
  • Community supervision;
  • Appropriate incentives and sanctions; and,
  • Community Reintegration and Recovery support services/continuing care.

Agencies awarded the BJA FY2017 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program receive grants up to $1,500,000, depending on program category.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • State governments
  • County governments

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., Feb. 28, 2017.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11320. Apply for the BJA FY2017 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

BJA FY2017 Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents CAP

BJATraining, Technical Assistance and Outreach Program

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2017

1 award up to $300,000 for a 24-month project period

The arrest of a parent can have a significant impact on children, whether such children are present or not, and can often lead to feelings of shock, fear, anxiety, anger and resentment. Many law enforcement organizations do not have specific policies, procedures, or training that are intended to specifically address practices that could mitigate the potential of creating trauma associated with a parent’s arrest and/or other investigation actions carried out by law enforcement.

The Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents (CAP) Model Policy was developed in
collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Policy Center, in recognition of the need to address the impact of adverse childhood experiences that increase children’s risk of negative outcomes in adulthood. It has been recognized that law enforcement organizations across the nation, when pursuing their investigative and enforcement activities, may unintentionally contribute to stresses on children, creating trauma and furthering the potential of negative outcomes for these children as they enter adolescence and adulthood.

The CAP program concepts and model policy are substantially based on the principles of
trauma-informed care and are informed by subject matter experts well versed in this arena from agencies such as the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University; the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Osborne Association; the Urban Institute; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at Yale University, among others. To learn more about the relevant research, visit the CAP program page.

Funding under this program will support outreach efforts, training and technical assistance (TTA) to state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions. The focus is to further inform law enforcement and partner agencies about the CAP Model Policy, and help law enforcement agencies to institute relevant policies and procedures that are intended to reduce the exposure of children to trauma that may be created when a parent is taken into custody.

What this grant does for your agency

The CAP TTA and Outreach Program will deliver strategic training and technical assistance (TTA) as well as to support outreach efforts intended to inform law enforcement agencies and partner organizations about this Model Policy and the available resources, all intended to enhance law enforcement planning, processes and procedures intended to lead to better outcomes for the children of arrested parents. These efforts will require a multidisciplinary response, involving law enforcement agencies, child and human services organizations, educational institutions, courts, corrections, and other stakeholders groups.

BJA estimates it will make one award of no more than $300,000 for a 24-month project period, beginning on or before October 1, 2017.

BJA expects that any award under this solicitation will be made in the form of a cooperative agreement, which is a type of award that provides for OJP to have substantial involvement in carrying out award activities.

To meet the funding source eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must articulate their knowledge, experience, and capabilities in delivering national TTA and outreach in criminal justice program areas, which may also include non-justice or non-traditional stakeholders.
  • Applicants must identify their plan to meet all the requirements of the solicitation for conducting nationwide TTA; conducting outreach to inform law enforcement agencies about the CAP Model Policy; and providing assistance with the implementation of the Model Policy across the nation.
  • As a component of the outreach, applicants must describe their strategy for providing additional content to support the CAP Program webpage: www.BJA.gov/CAP. TTA may
    be delivered to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, and to stakeholder
    organizations partnering with the law enforcement agencies.
  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate TTA and outreach expertise, and that propose comprehensive plans that include coordination among multiple stakeholder groups, and identify strategies intended to foster a shared commitment by government and stakeholder organizations alike.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, regional units of government, for-profit
    (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations (including tribal non- and for-profit
    organizations), faith-based and community organizations and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), Indian tribal organizations, and consortiums of subject matter experts, all with demonstrated experience providing national and local level training and technical assistance in this area.
  • For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11401. Apply for the BJA FY2017 Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents CAP

BJA Training and Technical Assistance Requests

BJA NTTAC

Overview

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

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

The BJA Law Enforcement Training Database is a catalog of federally-funded and supported training available to state and local law enforcement officials. Each database listing includes the training provider, a course description, eligibility criteria, and contact information.

BJA NTTAC provides no-cost training and technical assistance (TTA) on a wide-variety of criminal justice topics to improve the knowledge and skills of criminal justice professionals. We do this by assessing a state, local, or tribal agency’s request for TTA services and then matching that request for TTA services to the best-fit provider to address those needs.

5 steps to request and apply for TTA

Below are the steps a requesting agency should take to request TTA service from BJA NTTAC:

Step 1: Identify your agency’s need.

Determine the issue your agency or community is facing.

Step 2: Submit a TTA request application.

Once a justice agency has identified the issue or need to be addressed, any individual within that agency may submit a TTA request to BJA NTTAC on its behalf. To submit a TTA request through BJA NTTAC, complete our online application form.

In order to complete the online application form, you must have a BJA NTTAC account. If you do not have an account, you will be redirected to create a user account in three easy steps. Once an account is created and the application for TTA services is submitted, BJA NTTAC sends an e-mail notification to the address provided in the application to confirm we have received your application.

Please note, it is important to consider the timing of submitting your application. Requesting agencies should submit applications for TTA services a minimum of four months prior to the desired training or event date.*

Step 3: Organization’s authorizing official submits a letter indicating support for the TTA service being requested.

To complete your application to request TTA services from BJA NTTAC, an authorizing official within your organization must provide us with a letter of support for the request. This official letter of support can be submitted electronically via e-mail to the BJA NTTAC inbox at nttac@bjatraining.org. The letter indicates acknowledgement of the TTA request, confirms the need for TTA services, and demonstrates support for pursuing and implementing TTA services. The authorizing individual does not need to be the primary point of contact for BJA NTTAC.

An application is not considered complete until it includes both the online application form and the authorizing official letter of support.

Step 4: A BJA NTTAC staff member contacts the designated point of contact.

After reviewing the application, a BJA NTTAC staff member will contact the requesting agency’s designated point of contact to schedule a call to conduct an assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to gather additional information about the request.

Step 5: BJA NTTAC evaluates the request for assistance.

The complete application package is reviewed and evaluated by BJA NTTAC and BJA staff, and then the decision is communicated to the agency requesting TTA. Below are the two possible decisions BJA NTTAC will make:

Request Approved: BJA NTTAC notifies the agency requesting TTA that their request for services has been approved. BJA NTTAC then identifies a best-fit provider to fulfill the TTA request, and coordinates with the TTA provider and requesting agency to develop a TTA delivery and implementation plan.

Request Not Approved: BJA NTTAC notifies the agency requesting TTA that their request for services has not been approved and provides resources that may be helpful in addressing the identified need. In some cases, BJA NTTAC will refer the request to another organization that may be able to fulfill the agency’s need.

There are no limits to the number of applications for TTA an organization can submit to BJA NTTAC. Each application is reviewed independently and considered on its merits.

For additional resources available to help address your community’s justice need, visit our Other Federal Resources page or view the list of current BJA Funding Opportunities.

*The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requires preapproval for all conferences, meetings, and trainings. All applications must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to the event date or desired training dates to allow sufficient time for approval. If there is an urgent need because of a crisis or other special circumstance, please contact BJA NTTAC to discuss.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC)

The mission of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is to help state, local, and tribal jurisdictions achieve safer communities by providing leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development.

Established in 2008, BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies in need of assistance with specialized national experts to help address those needs. The justice agencies BJA NTTAC assists range from prosecutor’s offices, to police departments, to city and county commissioners, to corrections departments. Our goal is to provide these agencies the resources needed to reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement, while also promoting a safe and fair criminal justice system.

To achieve this goal, BJA NTTAC provides no-cost training and specialized guidance – also known as technical assistance – both in-person and virtually on a wide-variety of criminal justice topics ranging from crime prevention, to mental health, to adjudication. We take the time to understand the specific justice-related need of the agency requesting help and match that need with the right expert to provide the training or specialized guidance.

BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2017

Website

Grant Guidelines (PDF)

BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program – Law Enforcement – First Responder Grants : http://firstrespondergrants.com/frg_grants/grant_view/grant/236

$17,000,000 for Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras (BWCs)

Individual agency awards up to $1,000,000

The FY2017 Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program will support the implementation, including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development of a body-worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies. The program will play a critical role in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of problem solving approaches that incorporate BWCs into officer practice in selected jurisdictions.

BJA is soliciting applications from law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive, problem-solving approach that incorporates BWCs into officer practice by implementing a first-time program or enhancing an existing BWC program that includes the following elements:

  • Implementation of a BWC program developed in a planned and phased approach that first achieves broad stakeholder, local political leadership, and community engagement, and then leverages partnership input to address policy, training, deployment, and procurement requirements.
  • Implementation of appropriate privacy policies that, at a minimum, address BWC program issues involving civil rights, domestic violence, juveniles, and victims’ groups, and legal liabilities of release of information.
  • Implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms that address the use, review, access, storage, retention, redaction, and expungement of digital voice and audio evidence.
  • Training of officers, administrators, and associated agencies requiring access to
    digital multimedia evidence (DME).

What this grant does for your agency

Successful applicants will develop and implement policies and practices required for effective program adoption, and will address program factors including the purchase, deployment, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment; data storage and access; and privacy considerations. BJA expects the BWC programs to make a positive impact on the quality of policing in these jurisdictions and to inform national efforts to improve the use of BWCs more broadly. While BWC equipment may be purchased under this program, successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment and adherence to a strong BWC policy framework, including comprehensive policy adoption and requisite training.

Agencies awarded the BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program receive grants as follows

  • Category 1: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Small Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in police agencies with 25 or fewer sworn officers. Applicants may request no more than $50,000 under this category. BJA estimates 40 awards will be made in this category for an estimated total amount of $2,000,000. There is a minimum request of $10,000 for this category. If an agency does not require this level of funding they are encouraged to partner with other criminal justice agencies to combine projects and have one of the agencies act as the applicant while the partner agencies act as subrecipients. This category is not restricted by the $1,500 camera metric, though peer reviewers and BJA will consider the cost ratio of requested funds to the number of body-worn cameras.
  • Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Mid-Sized Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in mid-sized
    police agencies with more than 25 sworn officers and up to 250 sworn officers. Applicants may request no more than $400,000 under this category. BJA estimates 10 awards will be made in this category for an estimated total amount of $4,000,000. Applicants for this category may request no more than $1,500 for each camera to be deployed in this phase of their BWC program, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds may also be used for any part of the BWC program other than line-item data storage costs, which can only be covered with matching funds. BWC systems that are bundled or sold as software-as-a-service (SAAS) with no line-item distinction to data storage costs are permissible for award funding.
  • Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Large Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in large police agencies with more than 250 and up to 1,000 sworn officers. Eight awards are anticipated, and applicants may request no more than $750,000 for an estimated total amount of $6,000,000 under this category. Applicants for this category may request no more than $1,500 for each camera to be deployed in this phase of their BWC program, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds may also be used for any part of the BWC program other than line-item data storage
    costs, which can only be covered with matching funds. BWC systems that are bundled
    or sold as software-as-a-service (SAAS) with no line-item distinction to data storage
    costs are permissible for award funding.
  • Category 4: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extra-Large Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in extra-large
    police agencies with more than 1,000 sworn officers. Five awards are anticipated, and applicants may request no more than $1,000,000 for an estimated total of $5,000,000 under this category. Applicants for this category may request no more than $1,500 for each camera to be deployed in this phase of their BWC program, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds may also be used for any part of the BWC program other than line-item data storage costs, which can only be covered with matching funds. BWC systems that are bundled or sold as software-as-a-service (SAAS) with no line-item distinction to data storage costs are permissible for award funding.
  • Note: $1,500 is not the expected cost of a body-worn camera. Paired with the matching funds, it is the expected total program costs for one (1) camera system to include: Camera, Storage, Software, Licenses, Services, Policy Development, Training, etc.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • County governments
  • State governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • City or township governments.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Thurs., Feb. 16, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11221. Apply for the BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

FY2016 National VALOR Program for Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative

BJAImprove Law Enforcement Safety and Wellness Practices

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Deadline: Apr. 21, 2016

Grants up to $4,850,000 available

BJA is seeking applications for the FY 2016 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR Program. This national program furthers the Department of Justice’s mission by improving the criminal justice system, enhancing law enforcement safety and wellness, and providing support to efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs.

BJA’s VALOR initiative was established in 2010 by the Attorney General to respond to the increase in assaults and violence against law enforcement and to increase officer safety and wellness. The VALOR initiative is an overarching program that addresses officer safety and wellness through multifaceted training, technical assistance, and specialized programs. Since its inception, the VALOR Program has provided critical education and resources to law enforcement professionals on officer safety and wellness topics that have a direct impact on officers’ safety. The current VALOR Program is a tactical-, skill-, and awareness-building TTA program, delivered throughout the nation to law enforcement professionals, aimed at improving officer safety, resilience, and wellness.

Since its inception, VALOR has undergone continuous evolution to ensure that it addresses current topics and integrates the latest research and practice to address all aspects of officer safety and wellness that have a direct impact on job safety and performance. These varied emerging issues can have a direct effect on an officer’s ability to prevent or survive the rigorous challenges and threats she or he may face.

What this grant does for your agency

BJA is seeking applications under 5 distinct categories for the FY16 National Initiatives:

  • 1. VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Training and Technical Assistance National
    Provider – A national officer safety and wellness training and technical assistance (TTA)
    provider to continue, and enhance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement
    and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Program.
  • 2. Active Shooter Response Tactical Training and Technical Assistance Provider – A
    tactical TTA provider to deliver tactical TTA to support, on a national level, state and
    local law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event.
  • 3. Officer Safety and Wellness Recognition Program – An organization to identify,
    recognize, and increase awareness of officer safety and wellness best practices and
    programs at a national level through an officer safety and wellness recognition program.
  • 4. Officer Safety and Wellness Pilot Research and Evaluation Model – A national
    director/coordinator to implement and oversee the creation of an officer safety and
    wellness pilot research and evaluation program that will develop three pilot research and
    evaluation sites.
  • 5. De-Escalation Training and Technical Assistance Provider – Delivery of evidence-based de-escalation TTA to educate and protect state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers and improve outcomes and relationships between officers and the communities they serve.

Agencies awarded the FY2016 National VALOR Program for Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative receive:

  • Under Category 1, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $4,850,000 for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
  • Under Category 2, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $4,850,000 for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
  • Under Category 3, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $400,000 for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
  • Under Category 4, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $1.2 million for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
  • Under Category 5, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $2.1 million for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit and for-profit organizations (including tribal non-profit and for-profit organizations); state and local governments; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); and institutions of higher learning (including tribal institutions of higher education). Applicants must have extensive experience in providing national training and technical assistance as well as extensive experience and knowledge of the officer safety and wellness field. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 8 p.m. EST, Thurs., Apr. 21, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2016-9112. Apply for the FY2016 National VALOR Program for Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative

FY2016 Smart Policing Initiative Grants

Grants for better responses to crime in your jurisdiction

Grant Website
BJA
Grant Guidelines

Deadline: Apr. 12, 2016

$3.4 million law enforcement grants to improve policing

As part of BJA’s Smart Suite, the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Recipients of funding under this grant program will implement evidence-based interventions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies’ processes and procedures and establish sustainable partnerships with researchers to evaluate their effectiveness. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

What this grant does for your agency

The nation’s current policing environment is prompting law enforcement agencies across the country to change the tactics and strategies they use to respond to pressing and chronic public safety issues. Concurrently, many law enforcement agencies are confronting increases in crime and violence within their jurisdictions, and are doing so with limited resources. To successfully confront these challenges, jurisdictions require problem-solving approaches that are data-driven, evidence-based, effective, and efficient. Promising approaches—which are defined as having the potential to reduce crime, increase case closure rates and agency efficiency, and improve relationships with communities served—must be scientifically evaluated and the results shared with the law enforcement community to increase the field’s understanding and use of evidence-based crime reduction methods. The goal of SPI is to identify, support, and test these promising tactics, practices, and strategies as well as explore new, unique solutions to public safety problems and criminogenic circumstances. SPI documents the resulting empirically tested best practices and lessons learned and widely disseminates them to the policing community to encourage the adoption of innovative and effective policing strategies nationwide.

Through SPI, BJA provides resources, training, and technical assistance to enable police agencies to identify and define their most pressing crime problems and institute lasting cultural and organizational changes that foster reliance on and effective use of evidence-based practices, data, and technology to address those problems. Applicants to SPI must enlist a specific individual or team of individuals to serve as the law enforcement agency’s research partner to inform and evaluate their proposed intervention, as well as use the SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) model to identify and analyze their selected law enforcement challenge and formulate their response. Since 2009, BJA has awarded SPI grants to 45 law enforcement agencies throughout the United States under national competitive solicitations. These agencies were selected to create a portfolio that is diverse in terms of organizational size, as well as the type of crime problems, criminogenic factors, or agency challenges they proposed to address.

BJA estimates that it will make up to 6 awards of up to $700,000 each for an estimated total of $3.4 million for a 36-month project period, beginning on October 1, 2016. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants are limited to state and local law enforcement agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that perform law enforcement functions, or governmental non-law enforcement agencies acting as a fiscal agent for the applicant.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., Apr. 12, 2016.

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Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2016-9208. Apply for the FY2016 Smart Policing Initiative Grants