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

FY 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

Up to $25 million to improve school security

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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.

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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

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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

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

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

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Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

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

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

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

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

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

What this grant does for your agency

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

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

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

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

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

Grant Deadline

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

Apply

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

Department of Justice Announces New Active Shooter Training Grant for First Responders


As you no doubt know, active shooter scenarios are a common occurrence in the US today. Stay tuned for a new active shooter training grant coming from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). Details from their Nov. 1, 2018, release below:

Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio, Director Phil Keith of the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), and Dr. Pete Blair, Executive Director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University today announced an $8.7 million grant to provide multi-disciplinary, scenario-based active shooter training to first responders across the country.

Today’s announcement took place during the ALERRT Active Shooter Integrated Response Conference, where emergency personnel heard from subject matter experts on best practices and lessons learned from some of the nation’s most tragic and horrific mass casualty events. ALERRT is part of Texas State University, which has trained approximately 130,000 first responders since its inception in 2002.

“Training for first responders to take swift and effective action in active shooting situations is critically important,” said Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “We can mitigate the loss of life in these horrific incidents by providing resources to better equip first responders and prepare community members, local law enforcement, and local government leaders. The Department of Justice fully supports the brave first responders who risk their own lives to protect the safety of our children, colleagues, and community members.”

“The funding announced here today comes at a critical time for our country,” said COPS Office Director Keith. “As the demands placed on our nation’s first responders continue to grow with these violent mass casualty incidents, I believe it is our responsibility to make sure they have the tools, resources and training to properly respond to these attacks.”

“This COPS funding will allow ALERRT to provide the training needed to prepare police, fire, and EMS services across the country to save as many lives as possible when these horrific attacks occur,” said Dr. Pete Blair, Executive Director of the ALERRT Center at Texas State University.

Physician stakeholders working in the fields of emergency medicine, trauma surgery, anesthesia, blood bank, critical care and blood collection center directors will join law enforcement, fire services, EMS, emergency communications and emergency management for the first time during this year’s ALERRT conference. ALERRT’s multi-disciplinary approach is recognized as one of the nation’s leading training models, and the Department of Justice is pleased to announce additional funding for this effort.

The 2018 investment from the Department of Justice for ALERRT will provide in-person training to an estimated 15,000 first responders, in addition to the 9,000 individuals that received the training in 2017. ALERRT and the COPS Office are currently developing an online civilian training program, which will reach tens of thousands of citizens – helping to prepare them to take effective actions if they should find themselves in an attack.

The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos (TX) Police Department, and the Hays County (TX) Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing officers, 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.

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.

Apply

Apply for the FY2018 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)