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