Federal grant funding for law enforcement and public safety agencies for fiscal year 2016 has been announced as The Federal Appropriations Committees recently passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. This bill authorizes the funding for federal grants through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Eligible applicants for the various grant programs range from states to local police departments to non-profit public safety organizations.
Below is a peek at some of the programs that will be funded. The details of these grants along with application and deadline dates will be posted throughout the year at the Office of Justice Program website.
|Insider Tip: Many additional BJA grants are available only through a State Administrative Agency (SAA). Contact your SAA to learn of additional opportunities, and to coordinate on open solicitations.|
State and Local Programs
- $2.5 billion for various state and local grant programs, which is $174 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.
- Highlight: $476 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG). JAG is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. This appropriation is more than double the funding that was slated for last fiscal year.
- $70 million for programs to improve police-community relations, including the purchase of body-worn cameras for police.
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
- $7 million to fund anti-heroin task forces within the COPS program. Competitive grants will be awarded for drug enforcement, including investigations and activities related to stopping the distribution of heroin, or unlawful diversion and distribution of prescription opioids.
- The major COPS grant programs usually solicit applications in September.
Violence Against Women
- This category received the highest funding level ever at $480 million. These grants are provided by the Office on Violence Against Women.
- There are multiple competitive as well as formula grant programs that support training for police officers, rape prevention programs, domestic violence hotlines, women’s shelters, and more.
- The Office on Violence Against Women currently has several open solicitations for grant applications.
- Current opportunity: Applications are currently being accepted for the Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations grant program. This program aims to fund non-profit organizations that develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Applications are due March 9.
- $15 million to train local police how to respond to active shooter situations so police and bystanders can get safely out of the way when the unthinkable happens.
- $75 million for comprehensive school safety which will allow communities to conduct school safety assessments and fill gaps in school safety plans.
- Current Opportunity: Project Safe Neighborhoods is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in gang violence and gun crime. Eligible applicants include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applications are due May 17.
These are just a few of the federal grant opportunities available to law enforcement and public safety organizations. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and read our weekly blog to stay up to date on all of the current grant opportunities. We track all of the upcoming grant opportunities so you don’t have to. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.
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