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Grants and Funding

The USAO, EDLA Community Outreach/Law Enforcement Team monitors various sites, such as and Bureau of Justice Assistance to keep abreast of DOJ grant opportunities and provide information about those opportunities to state, local, tribal, and non-governmental partners. For further information see the Department of Justice website

Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations


BJA Planned FY2017 Competitive Solicitations for Law Enforcement

Below is a brief list of anticipated 2017 competitive Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) solicitations most relevant to law enforcement. BJA anticipates releasing these solicitations on a rolling basis throughout winter and early spring. A complete list of planned Office of Justice Programs solicitations and more detailed information is available at:

Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP)
The Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP), administered by BJA, is designed to provide national support and improve the capacity of state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems to address intellectual property (IP) enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance. Awards will be made by BJA to support law enforcement agencies in coordinating the goals, objectives, and activities of their IP enforcement task forces in close collaboration with the relevant state, local, tribal, and federal agencies, to include local U.S. Attorney’s Offices (USAOs).

Smart Policing Initiative (SPI)
BJA’s "Smart Suite" of 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. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to target resources to the highest priorities. The Smart Suite of programs, which includes the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI), represents a strategic approach that brings more science into criminal justice operations by leveraging innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and effectiveness while containing costs. As part of BJA’s Smart Suite, the 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.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) provides funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions’ approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAK). This holistic program provides jurisdictions with resources to address their unsubmitted SAK issue, including support to inventory, test, and track SAKs; create and report performance metrics; access necessary training to increase effectiveness in addressing the complex issues associated with these cases and engage in multidisciplinary policy development, implementation, and coordination; and improve practices related to investigation, prosecution, and victim engagement and support in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process.

Violent Gang and Gun Reduction: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. The program's effectiveness is based on the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in each district. The USA is responsible for establishing a collaborative PSN task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement and other community members to implement gang and gun crime enforcement, intervention, and prevention initiatives within the district. Through the PSN task force, the USA will implement the five design features of PSN—partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability—to address specific gun crime and gang violence, in the most violent neighborhoods.

Enhanced Collaboration Model to Combat Human Trafficking (with the Office of Victims of Crime)
The purpose of the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program is to support the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that implement collaborative approaches to combating all forms of human trafficking within the United States–sex trafficking and labor trafficking–of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens (of all sexes and ages). The Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) and BJA intend for funding through this program to be used to assist communities in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that will implement victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identify victims of all types of human trafficking, address the individual needs of victims through quality services, and investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative approach between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program
The Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program will support the implementation of body-worn camera programs in law enforcement agencies of all sizes across the country. The intent of the program is to help agencies develop policy, implement, and evaluate a BWC program as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem-solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust.

Technology Innovation for Public Safety
The Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) program is designed to enable strategic information sharing across crime-fighting agencies to address specific local or regional crime problems. Often these efforts will require a multidisciplinary response, involving law enforcement, analysts, investigators, information technology staff, public safety, first responders, adjudications/courts, corrections, human services organizations, and other stakeholders. Applicants are encouraged to propose comprehensive plans that include coordination among multiple stakeholder agencies, shared investment and use of technology services, or regional planning as appropriate.


Updated December 19, 2016