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COPS Grants Now Available

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, May 3, 2018 @ 14:05 PM

2236253452_9338e31dd0_mThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced that three of its grant funding opportunities are now accepting applications from state, local, tribal, or territorial law enforcement agencies. All COPS are geared toward growing community policing efforts.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This grant program aims to advance community policing in law enforcement departments through training and technical assistance, the development of community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. Specifically, the 2018 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Community Policing Additions to Contemporary Broken Windows Theory Applications
  • Initiatives that support First Amendment Rights: The Community Policing Approach
  • Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking
  • Online Law Enforcement Training
  • Programs that support First-Line Supervisors
  • Field-Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants
    • Peer Support for Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Human Trafficking Prevention and Mitigation
    • Hate Crimes Prevention and Mitigation
    • Recruitment and Hiring
    • Incident-Specific After-Action Reviews
    • Child and Youth Engagement
  • Open Topic Area
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance

This program is open to public governmental agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. The DOJ has set aside $10 million available for this grant program. Applications are due by June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

Funds from this grant program must be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Approximately $32 million in funding is available for this program in 2018, and the maximum grant award is $3 million. Each awarded grant is funded over the course of two years, and no local match is required. This grant is open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. Applicants must have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids. Treatment programs and other opioid related activities are not eligible for funding. Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

CAMP funds must be used to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamines. Eligible entities include state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. The maximum grant amount is $2 million, with $8 million total available. Each grant is funded over two years. The website mentions that this particular program will be extremely competitive. Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given priority. Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.


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Three Things to Know about Grants in 2018

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 @ 09:01 AM
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Happy New Year from all of us at TheGrantHelpers.com. We want to help you start off the new year with some important updates and tips about the grant world.

But before discussing more general areas, here is one specific opportunity that just opened. Lowes Toolbox for Education has announced its spring cycle. K-12 public and private schools, as well as parent-teacher groups, are eligible to apply. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is Feb. 9.  However, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close.

  1. Get Organized Now for the New Year

Lots of organizations, especially federal grant-making organizations, have already laid out a schedule of their grants for the new year. Some are already accepting applications for the spring cycle. For instance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has its 2018 Forecast of Funding available here. Now is the best time to get pertinent dates on your calendar and get your boilerplate documents updated. Review the timelines for your likeliest funding sources, and prepare to apply well in advance.

  1. New Way to Apply for Federal Funding

Grants.gov has rolled out a new way for groups and individuals to apply for federal grants. This has been a two-year transition, and on Dec. 31, 2017, the legacy PDF application package was officially retired. In the past, applicants downloaded and completed a single, big PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package.”) To work as a team, you had to email the file back and forth while making sure all contributors were using the same version of Adobe software. The new Grants.gov Workspace program is intended to make collaborating on an application very efficient and easy. Forms can either be completed online within a web browser or downloaded individually and uploaded to Workspace. According to the Grants.gov blog, applicants who have already used the new program say it is making the process faster and more streamlined.  For more information and tutorials on how to use the new program, visit the Grants.gov blog.

  1. Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants may not be funded in 2018

The heavily subscribed COPS grant may be on the chopping block this year. This Department of Justice grant program provides money to law enforcement agencies for a variety of needs, including hiring new police officers, testing new strategies, and purchasing technology. In recent years, money was also set aside toward curbing the opioid epidemic and addressing gang violence. In 2017, the COPS office allocated of $98.5 million to fund 802 police officer positions for the next three years. However, a working White House budget showed the elimination of the entire COPS office. The COPS hiring program is not listed by name in the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, and very little information is being shared. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated on its status.


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COPS Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) opened up the competitive suite of Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS) grants. The COPS program assists state, local and tribal law enforcement through grants and funding opportunities. Since 1995, the DOJ has invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. Five COPS programs, detailed below, are currently accepting applications.The COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Department are two of the DOJ’s longest running and largest programs.

COPS Hiring Program

  • Program Goal: Hire and re-hire entry level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Eligibility: State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority.
  • Award Amount: $137 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

Community Policing Development

  • Program Goal: Training and technical assistance to develop innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topics. Solicitation topics include: Cooperative Partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Immigration, Field Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants, Officer Safety and Wellness Resources, Enhancing Officer Safety Through Increased Respect for Police, Critical Response Technical Assistance, Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS program), and Online Training Development.
  • Eligibility: Public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
  • Award Amount: $11 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: June 23, 2017.

Preparing for Active Shooter Situations

  • Program Goal: Training providers who offer integrated, scenario-based response courses as described in the 2016 POLICE Act and have substantial experience with providing and tailoring cross-disciplinary active shooter training to law enforcement and other first responders nationally. Funds can also be used to develop supplemental resources to help officers maintain skills like scenario libraries and e-learning modules and to enhance agency skills in tactical medicine and managing exposure to trauma.
  • Eligibility: Public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
  • Award Amount: $7.5 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: June 23, 2017.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force

  • Program Goal: Locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opiods. Funds may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opioids-related activities.
  • Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. Applicants must have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opiods.
  • Award Amount: $10 million available in funding for all awards
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program

  • Program Goal: Investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine (including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers). Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration.
  • Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies authorized by law or by a state agency to engage in (or to supervise) anti-methamphetamine investigative activities.
  • Award Amount: $7 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

These grant programs are very competitive. We can help make your proposals strong. Contact us today to get started.

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U.S. Department of Justice Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

11049360306_d592c79c3d_q.jpgWe are waiting patiently for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant application window to open. The package of four grant programs includes the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) largest and most popular grant program. CHP funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers, including school resource officers. The other three COPS grant programs include: Community Policing Development, Anti-Heroin Task Force, and Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force. At this time last year, the deadline for 2016 had already been announced. We are continually checking on the status of the program so check back to this blog often to find out when this prevalent program opens up.

Until that time, there are several other DOJ grant programs currently accepting applications. Here are the details and deadlines on some of them.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This grant program seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems.  The intent is to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  Eligible applicants include states, local governments, and federally-recognized tribal governments. However, proposals must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Applications are due by April 4.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program

The goal of this program to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system. There are six different categories in this DOJ program. See below for eligibility and grant amounts. Specifics on each category can be found on the website. Two or more entities can apply for the grant together. Applications are due April 25.

  1. Overdose Outreach Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program with a maximum grant award of $300,000.
  2. Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects: State agencies are eligible to apply. This includes state administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use disorder services to justice-involved individuals. The maximum grant is $750,000.
  3. System-level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program that has a grant ceiling of $400,000.
  4. Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects: Applicants are limited to the State Administering Agency (SAA) responsible for directing criminal justice planning or the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency. The maximum grant is $850,000.
  5. Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects: Applicants are limited to state governments that have a pending or enacted enabling statute or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency. The grant award is no greater than $400,000.
  6. Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse: Applicants are limited to state agencies and units of local government located in states with existing and operational prescription drug monitoring programs. State agencies may be awarded $1 million and local government have a ceiling of $600,000.

Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal trials several different rights, including the right to counsel. The DOJ believes the right to counsel in juvenile and misdemeanor cases has yet to be fully realized. The purpose of this training and technical assistance program is to ensure states and local governments are provided with the tools to meet the obligation of the Sixth Amendment. The grant provides research-based, data-driven information and resources. The deadline is May 16.


Our services are completely customizable to your needs. Contact us today and our grant expert will walk you through the process. And remember, the first consultation is always free. 

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COPS Hiring Program Now Open

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice’s largest Community Oriented Policing Servic3954363946_7091cd0daa_q2.jpges program is now accepting applications. The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers. Career law enforcement officers are those that are hired on a permanent basis for their jurisdiction. Correctional or jail offers are not eligible to be hired through this grant program. However, School Resource Officers are eligible to be hired by funds from this grant.

This program is extremely competitive and open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. Grants are due June 23.

The goal of this program is to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacity, and support crime prevention efforts. Grants may be used in the following capacity:

  • Hire new police officers, including filling vacancies that are no longer funded by the organization’s budget.
  • Rehire police officers that have been laid off as a result of budget restrictions.
  • Rehire police officers that are scheduled to be laid off by a specific future date.

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

  • Funds the number of officer positions equal to 5% of actual sworn force strength (up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or up to a maximum of 25 officers for agencies with a service population of over 1 million).
  • Provides 75% 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 to explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to mitigate that problem/focus area.
  • Requires applicants to choose a community policing problem or focus area for additional funding consideration.  Choices are “Homicide/Gun Violence,” “School Based Policing through School Resource Officers,” “Building Trust,” and “Homeland Security.”

This is just one of the many COPS grant programs. Check out our past blog on the other COPS grants that are open for application now.


COPS grant programs are extremely competitive. With our expertise we can help you put the best proposal forward. Contact us today to get started.

 

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COPS Grants Applications Available

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 @ 16:04 PM

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that two of th7279567460_94b2ed6f62_q.jpgeir highly competitive grant programs are accepting applications. The COPS program assists state, local and tribal law enforcement through grants and funding opportunities. Since 1995, they have invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. The COPS program is administered by the US Department of Justice.

Three COPS programs, detailed below, are currently accepting applications. The programs largest and oldest grant program, the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), will open in late April. Check back in our blog or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the details on that grant program when it opens.

The Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This grant program funds community policing projects that are national in scope. It is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Up to $8 million in overall funding is available this fiscal year. There is no local match required for this program. Projects that eligible for funding must cover one of the following topic areas:

  • Micro-grant Initiative for Law Enforcement
  • Critical Response Technical Assistance
  • Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums
  • Community Policing Training Projects
  • Law Enforcement Led 21st Century Policing Demonstration Projects
  • 21st Century Policing and Implementation Projects

Deadline for application is June 1.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

The Camp Program is a competitive grant program open to state law enforcement agencies by law or by a state agency to engage in (or to supervise) anti-methamphetamine investigative activities. CAMP funds must be used to investigate activities related to the manufacture or distribution of meth. Approximately $7 million is available for this program, and the maximum individual grant award is $1.5 million. There is no local match required. Each grant is two years in duration. The website indicates that this grant program 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. Applications are due June 1.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

This grant program has approximately $7 million in funding available with the maximum grant award being $1.5 million. There is no local match required. Eligible organizations are state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. To be eligible applicants must have:

  • primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids
  • have high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids
  • use the funds for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids

Funds from this program may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opiod-related activities. Deadline for application is June 1.


COPS grants are all highly competitive and TheGrantHelpers.com can give you the edge you need to get funds. Our expert staff is trained to ensure your application meets all requirements as well as give your application the extras it needs to stand out in the crowd. Contact us today to get started. Remember, the first consultation is always free.

 

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Two Public Safety Grant Programs Accepting Applications

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 @ 17:06 PM

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Grant Program and police-1The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are now accepting applications. Both programs are supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. See below for details on both of the public safety grant opportunities. As always, we can help make your application stand out.

We have prevously highlighted the COPS Save our Schools (SOS) grant program, which at the time of heightened school security was a popular grant program to fund school resource officers. However, SOS has not been funded since 2011. The COPS program highlighted below will fund school resource officers so it is a viable alternative to the SOS grant.

 

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2015 COPS Hiring Program. This grant money can be used to hire or rehire entry-level career law enforcement officers. All state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for the number of officer positions equal to 5% of their actual sworn force strength, up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or 25 officers for agencies with a service population of 1 million or more. These grants will provide up to 75% of the approved entry level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for a 36-month grant period with a minimum 25% local cash match requirement. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate how hiring or rehiring police officers will help solve a specific crime or problem area. Special consideration will be given to agencies who identify homicide/gun violence, homeland security problems, or building trust as a problem area. Agencies planning to hire School Resource Officers or hiring veterans will also be given higher consideration. Deadline for application is June 19. Grant award announcements will be made in September.

COPS funds several grant programs throughout the year. Check out our past blog about past programs, and check back here often for more grant announcements.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) 

There are actually two different grant programs under the JAG heading. The first is for local units of government. Any towns, cities, counties, villages, etc. can apply for this grant program. Additionally, a law enforcement agency or judicial enforcement district with authority to establish a budget and impose taxes is also eligible to apply. All applications for the local grant program are due June 26. Funding from this grant can be used to support a range of program areas including “law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.” The priority areas for this grant are: reducing gun violence, body-worn cameras, recidivism reform, pretrial reform, justice system realignment, indigent defense, and mental health services. To have the best shot at funding, tailor your program and application toward one of these priority initiatives. Over 1,000 total local awards will be made. Local grants either total $25,000 or more and last four years, or they total less than $25,000 and are made for two years.

The second program is for states. These applications are due by June 30. Covered program areas are the same as under the local solicitation. However, the DOJ emphasizes that this grant funding should be used to support a statewide strategic plan. State grants are awarded on a statutory formula based on each state’s share of violent crime and population.

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TheGrantHelpers.com wants to help ensure your community is safe by creating the best public safety grant proposal for your organization. If any of the above grant opportunities interest you, please contact us for a free consultation. We can help guide you through any step of the grant process. Click here for a complete list of our services.

 

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School Emergency Preparedness, Security Grants & Resources

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Emergency Preparedness for SchoolsAs hard as this is to believe, summer is already more than half over for most students, teachers, and school administrators. As the beginning of a new school year draws closer, TheGrantHelpers.com receives more and more inquiries about the high-priority topic of school security and emergency preparedness for schools.

Many schools continuously review, revise, and restock supplies and equipment related to keeping their students safe. In order to assist schools in these tremendously important efforts, we offer this blog, filled with information about grants and resources that may interest anyone trying to fund and/or improve schools’ security and emergency preparedness efforts.

Grants

This grant program can be used for planning, purchasing equipment, training, and other school security support efforts. HSGP supports five core mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In FY 2014, HSGP allocated a total of more than $1 billion to be awarded, spread across three interconnected grant programs: State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG). The deadline for applying for FY 2014 funds was May 23, 2014. However, it would be wise to start planning for applications during the FY 2015 funding cycle. In recent years, applications dates varied, beginning in mid-February to mid-May and being due between May and mid-June.

To learn more about FEMA’s HSGP, visit their website. Keep in mind the information here is from FY 2014, and that application submission deadline is now closed.

 

According to one portion of its website, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program gave almost $4 million to fund improvements at 940 schools in 2013. Safety improvements were among the projects awarded. The grant also supports technology improvements, outdoor learning areas, and more.

The fall grant cycle opens on August 1, 2014 and includes a simple grant application that can earn your school up to $5,000. For more information, visit the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education website.

 

The State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants program funds a variety of efforts in the areas of safety and education. Disaster preparedness and disaster recovery are among the programs they support.

Grant applications for 2015 will be available beginning September 2, 2014 through October 31, 2014. For more information, visit the Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants website.

 

Resources

The following are various school security and emergency preparedness resources that may interest schools as they plan emergency response efforts or make their case for emergency preparedness or school security funding.

This website provides many additional resources for emergency preparedness and security for schools.

This PDF document is a detailed guide for creating emergency preparedness plans.

This website includes a crisis planning guide and other information that can help school leaders plan for emergencies, including natural disasters, violent acts, and terrorist acts.

This website includes information on the steps you should take to be prepared in the face of disasters. There is also a “Kids” section that includes fun activities and games of kids, parents, and teachers.

This PDF contains a two-page checklist of security readiness items in four common readiness categories (Mitigation and Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) drawn from various authoritative sources.

  • Previous Blogs from TheGrantHelpers.com:
  • COPS Grant Program Announced (Note: This grant deadline has passed, but this would be worth keeping in mind for future grant competitions.)

 

There are many, many grants and resources out there for school security and emergency preparedness. Keep in mind that in this blog, we have only featured a select few. If you are interested in learning more about grants for school security or grants for emergency preparedness that may fit your funding needs, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our specialists would be happy to assist you, and remember, our initial consultations are always free.

 

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COPS Grant Programs Announced

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 16:05 PM

SRO COPS SchoolsThe United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that it is accepting applications for three of its COPS programs. These programs might be of great interest to municipalities and the schools that serve them. The COPS Office still does not appear poised to reinstate the previous, well-known Secure Our Schools (SOS) program, but these three programs support some of the same areas, especially by providing grant funds for school resource officers (SROs).

The deadline for all three is only a month away. We can help you meet tight deadlines with additional, knowledgeable grant experts. Information for these three programs follows. If you are interested in learning more about these, or if you need help applying for one of these programs, please do not hesitate to contact us

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Through this program, the COPS office supports the hiring and rehiring of police officers to focus on certain community policing issues. Additional consideration will be given to the following policing problem areas: homeland security, homicide/gun violence, school-based policing through school resource officers, and trust problems. Additional consideration may also be given for communities that have undergone a catastrophic event, have been designated as a Promise Zone, or who are committed to hiring at least one military veteran with CHP funding.

FUNDING SPECIFICS: CHP will provide up to 75% of entry-level salary and fringe benefits for each newly-hired officer over the 3-year grant period. There is a minimum 25% local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer. Agencies with service populations of one million or more citizens may apply for up to 25 officer positions. Agencies with less than one million may apply for up to 15 officer positions. Award ceiling is $3,125,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CHP website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This COPS program provides funding to “advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies” through a variety of grant programs (see funding specifics below). The overall program is designed to address critical topics in law enforcement while building on the concept of community policing, which comprises three key components: partnerships (between law enforcement agencies and the individuals they serve), organizational transformation (to support proactive problem solving), and problem solving (the process of engaging in effective response practices).

FUNDING SPECIFICS: Microgrant Initiative for Law Enforcement provides up to 10 awards, up to $100,000 each. Microgrant Promising Practices Coordinator provides one award, up to $100,000. Critical Response Technical Assistance Program provides one or more awards, up to $1,000,000 total. COPS Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums provides multiple awards, up to $500,000 each. Using Community Policing to Combat Violent Extremism provides one or more awards, up to $500,000 total. Minority Youth Violence Prevention Site Coordinator and Evaluators provides one award, up to $500,000. COPS Office Community Policing Development Continuation Funding provides one or more award, up to $150,000 each. Tribal Training and Technical Assistance provides three awards, up to $300,000 each. COPS Office Catalyst Awards are closed under FY14. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement for these awards.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups, and faith-based organizations. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CPD website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

This initiative supports “technical assistance providers to work with law enforcement agencies to assess issues that affect police and community relationships.” The program’s concentration is on the importance of the relationship between law enforcement and the individuals they serve. This program focuses on the same three key components of community policing as the CPD program: partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. The CRI-TA program focuses on two specific topics, including Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement or Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. It focuses on a “comprehensive approach that can enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the citizens they serve.” The CPD program has a wider range of topics and focus areas, but ultimately wants to “address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.”

FUNDING SPECIFICS: The topic of Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement will award multiple awards of up to $1,250,000 each. A total of $500,000 (one award) will be distributed for Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, and colleges. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CRI-TA website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

In addition to these three grants, the COPS Office website also includes a variety of resources for those interested in policing topics. These resources include a Resource Center, Supporting Safe Schools, Community Policing Dispatch, The Beat, and Vets to Cops. These resources might be useful to you in planning your programs or making a case for funding of your program.

Again, if you have any questions about these or any other grant programs you are interested in, please contact us. Our experts offer free consultations.

 

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