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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Department of Justice Awards Nearly $400 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

The Department of Justice today announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).  The Attorney General announced funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.  The awards announced today are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit.  

“The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police chiefs and sheriffs of our great nation with needed resources, tools, and support.  The funding announced today will bolster their ranks and contribute to expanding community policing efforts nationwide,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “A law enforcement agency’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.”

The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers.  In addition to providing financial support for hiring, CHP provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics.  In a changing economic climate, CHP funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to promote safe communities.  Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

CHP applicants were required to identify a specific crime and disorder problem focus area and explain how the funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem focus area.  Forty-three percent of the awards announced today will focus on violent crime, while the remainder of the awards will focus on a variety of issues including school-based policing to fund school resource officer positions, building trust and respect, and opioid education, prevention, and intervention.  The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions. 

The complete list of awards can be found here.  To learn more about CHP, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp.  For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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

Remember: 6 police grants close soon

Major DoJ/COPS programs open now

March is a big month for police grants!

6 major Federal programs are open during March, but application periods close soon:

DoJ 2020 COPS Hiring Program (CHP), apply by Mar. 11, 2020

DoJ 2020 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program, apply by Mar. 11, 2020

COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

COPS Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

COPS Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program – Technical Assistance (TRGP-TA) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

DoJ 2020 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Hire full-time sworn Law Enforcement Officers

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-HIRING-PROGRAM-APPLICATION-2020

CFDA Number(s): CFDA 16.710

Grant Deadline: Applications are due by March 11, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT

Increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts

The 2020 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

What this grant does for your agency

CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

  • Funds as many positions as possible for successful applicants; however, the number of officer positions requested by an agency may be reduced based on the availability of funding and other programmatic considerations.
  • Provides 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three year (36 month) grant period.
  • Requires you to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem/focus area.

Agencies awarded the DoJ 2020 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) receive funds to recruit and hire law enforcement officers.

Approximately $400 million in funding is available for FY 2020 CHP.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

All local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply.

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About the 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 7:59 p.m. EST, Mar. 11, 2020.

Apply

Apply for the DoJ 2020 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)