Opening soon: COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants

COPS

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

Law Enforcement: Apply for these 3 grants by July 15, 2019

Remember, you must apply for the grants below by July 15, 2019

Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR)

The Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program, (formerly known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program) is part of BJA’s Innovations Suite of Programs. These programs invest in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical.

Learn more and apply

Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities

Application deadline extended for the BJA FY 2019 Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities solicitation. The purpose of this program is to provide state and local community corrections agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance on ways to improve supervision capacity and partnerships with other justice agencies to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions.

Learn more and apply

STOP School Violence Technology and Threat Assessment Solutions for Safer Schools

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting and assisting state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime through the creation of school threat assessment teams, the use of technology for anonymously reporting suspicious activity as it relates to violence in schools, and by supporting the creation and enhancement of State School Safety Centers. A School Safety Center, as intended by this solicitation, is a state entity that is a resource and training center for information and research about national and statewide safety efforts and initiatives in K-12 schools.

Learn more and apply

OJJDP FY 2019 Grant for Strengthening Investigative Tools and Technology for Combating Child Sexual Exploitation

Law Enforcement grants up to $1.5 million

OJJDP

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: OJJDP-2019-14989

CFDA Number(s): 16.543, 16.738

Grant Deadline: July 29, 2019

Combat child pornography, exploitation and sex trafficking

This program will increase technological investigative capacity and associated training for law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. This solicitation will particularly focus on supporting the development, refinement, and advancement of widely used investigative tools, methods and technologies that address child pornography, exploitation and sex trafficking.

What this grant does for your agency

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding to increase the technological investigative capacity and associated training of law enforcement through the development, refinement, and advancement of widely used investigative tools, methods, and technologies.

This program furthers the Department’s mission by helping state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective responses to: sexual predators who entice children online; child sexual exploitation; and child obscenity and pornography cases.

In order to be considered for an award under this solicitation, applicants must clearly identify how the funding will directly address technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation crimes.

Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate a clear need in the field through data and information and a readiness to address the problem. As a key competitive factor, applicants must discuss their organizational capacity to implement the identified tasks, describe how they will ensure the timely delivery of requested support, and determine the cost efficiencies they will achieve in the management and staffing of the program.

Agencies awarded the OJJDP FY 2019 Strengthening Investigative Tools and Technology for Combating Child Sexual Exploitation receive grants up to $1,500,000.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee. OJJDP will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application. For additional information on subawards, see the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide. OJJDP may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2019 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations.

About the OJJDP

Juveniles in crisis—from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect—pose a challenge to the nation. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, July 29, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the OJJDP FY 2019 Strengthening Investigative Tools and Technology for Combating Child Sexual Exploitation

FY 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

Up to $25 million to improve school security

COPS

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.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD)

Up to $6 million in police grants available

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

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

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

Improve and implement community policing programs

The 2019 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.

What this grant does for your agency

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 2019 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Building Bridges between Law Enforcement and Youth
  • Increasing the Capacity for Change Through the Implementation of Innovative Recruitment Strategies
  • Designing a Public and Officer Safety Dashboard
  • Protecting Youth Through the Implementation of School Safety Recommendations
  • Translating Crime Reduction Best and Emerging Practices for Small and Rural Agencies
  • Building a Campaign to Improve the Reporting of Hate Crimes
  • Improving Law Enforcement Coordination and Information Sharing in Response to Endangered Youth
  • Innovative Uses of Technology to Address Crime
  • Emerging Issues Forums
  • Training for Law Enforcement: Developing New Skill Building Courses to Advance Public Safety
  • Blue Alert Network Support
  • Open Category

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD) receive funds toward one of the programs above.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2019 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.

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 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., May 28, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD)

26 NIJ law enforcement grants open now

NIJ National Institute of Justice

From forensic science to violent crime prevention, the National Institute of Justice has 26 Law Enforcement grants open right now.

NIJ’s competitive programs can be the perfect way to increase funding that helps you better protect your community and better serve your fellow officers.

Here are a few NIJ programs in particular that we have our eyes on

NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime, Fiscal Year 2019

Research and Evaluation on White-Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud, Fiscal Year 2019

Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Fiscal Year 2019

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence, Fiscal Year 2019

See all 26 NIJ grants

Need help figuring out which NIJ grants to apply for?

Contact one of our Grant Consultants today

FY2016 Smart Policing Initiative Grants


Grants for better responses to crime in your jurisdiction

Grant Website
BJAGrant 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.

Apply

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