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Community Outreach & Funding Information

The mission of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota is to ensure that we provide the United States of America with high quality and professional legal representation, maintaining the highest ethical standards and, at all times, pursuing justice. We are wholly committed to the promotion of the public good and the safety of our community. Within this broader mission, we recognize that our primary responsibilities include:

* The prosecution of criminal offenses against the United States
* The prosecution or defense for the government of civil actions, suits, or proceedings in which the United States is concerned; and,
* Assisting communities within the District of Minnesota in community-building efforts designed to enhance public safety.

The third component in the Office’s mission responsibilities is done primarily through the Office’s Community Relations and Public Affairs Division.



Department of Justice Grant Updates:

On October 15, 2020, the Department of Justice grant making components―the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)― launched a new consolidated grants system called JustGrants. Fiscal Year 2021 grant applications will be submitted to the Department in a new two-step process.

Step 1: Applicants will submit a SF-424 and a SF-LLL in

Step 2: Applicants will be invited to submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

Learn more about how to submit your application in the Office of Justice Programs Grant Application Resource Guide, Entity Users: Application Submission Job Aid Reference Guide, and the JustGrants Training: Application Submission pages.



Department of Justice 2021 Funding Awards:

Annually the Department of Justice, through its component offices awards billions of dollars in funding to state, local, tribal law enforcement, as well as community organizations across the United States to address a broad range of criminal and juvenile justice issues. For a full list of Minnesota grant awards, made by the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs please click here. For awards made by DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, please visit here. Award made by DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women are available here.



Highlighted 2022 Grant Solicitations:


FY 2022 Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative

Closing Dates

May 23, 2022: Deadline

May 16, 2022:  Application JustGrants Deadline

The purpose of this initiative is to support local and tribal jurisdictions’ capacity to work with their Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify unlawfully used firearms and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.


FY 2021 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

Closing Dates

May 9, 2022: Deadline

April 25, 2022:  Application JustGrants Deadline

Through this program, the Office of Justice Programs makes payments to eligible states and units of local government that incur certain types of costs due to incarceration of undocumented criminal aliens during a particular 12-month reporting period.


FY 2022 Tribal Corrections Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program

Closing Dates 

May 16, 2022: Deadline

May 11, 2022: Application JustGrants Deadline

This opportunity will provide funding to deliver training and technical assistance on strategies to strengthen tribal correctional system capacity to enhance public safety and facilitate successful community reintegration efforts.


FY 2022 Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting People Who Are Incarcerated, and Safeguarding Communities

Closing Dates

May 23, 2022: Deadline

May 16, 2022: Application JustGrants Deadline

This program provides funding for projects designed to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities, and to achieve and maintain compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.


FY 2022 Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Program

Closing Dates 

May 23, 2022: Deadline

May 16, 2022: Application JustGrants Deadline

This opportunity will provide funding under the Second Chance Act to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes to provide reentry services and programs.


FY 2022 Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative

Closing Dates

June 21, 2022: Deadline

June 14, 2022: Application JustGrants Deadline

Through this opportunity, BJA is seeking applications for funding state, local, and tribal governments to enhance or implement performance-based and outcomes-based contracts with reentry, permanent supportive housing, or recovery housing providers to reduce recidivism and address the substance use disorders impacting formerly incarcerated people.



Upcoming Trainings, Events, and Recorded Webinars: 

  • National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officers Program (SAFLEO)

    Registration is NOW OPEN for several SAFLEO virtual opportunities

    Sponsored by DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance

    SAFLEO Train-the-Trainer (Virtual Course)

    Be a champion on the front lines of the fight against suicide! This highly interactive Train-the-Trainer Virtual Workshop will enable established instructors to support their agencies’ officer wellness and suicide prevention programs and to encourage and effect behavioral and organizational culture change. Participants will also have the opportunity, during the live portion of the training, to hone their instructional skills by facilitating a portion of the SAFLEO Line Officer Training using the research-based strategies learned during the self-paced portion of the training.

    Self-Paced Portion Begins February 28/Live Roundtable on March 21:

    * To register, you must have previously taken the SAFLEO Line Officer training prior to the Train-the-Trainer

  • SAFLEO Leadership and Supervision Training (Virtual Course)

    Description:  Be the agents of change! As a law enforcement supervisor, you are critical in the fight against law enforcement suicide. Your role is three-fold. First, you set the example through demonstrating healthy coping behaviors and using available resources. Second, you must stay engaged with your officers to encourage healthy behaviors and to detect any potential issues before they become problematic. Finally, you serve as a crucial link between your officers and your agency’s suicide prevention-related messaging and resources. In this training, you will engage with other law enforcement supervisors to discuss these issues and share your ideas to help combat suicide.

    March 8 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET:

    March 16 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET:

    March 29 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET:

    *Lunch from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM ET

  • SAFLEO Line Officer Training (Virtual Course)

    Description:  Did you know that law enforcement officers are at greater risk for suicide than the general population, due to the unique stresses of their jobs? Although all law enforcement officers are exposed to this stress, much can be done to mitigate its effects. During this training, you will gain a deeper understanding of factors that contribute to suicide, learn to recognize warning signs in yourself and others, focus on ways to build resilience, and explore options for treating any unresolved stress.

    March 22 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET:

    March 30 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET:

    *Lunch from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM ET


  • Check back soon for more trainings and events!



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. Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address our nation's crime challenges. When police and communities collaborate, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behavioral patterns, and allocate 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. To learn more about COPS office and its funding opportunities, please visit:


The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. To learn more about OJP and its funding opportunities please visit:


The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To learn more about OVW and its funding opportunities, please visit:


Outreach Activity:

The U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, along with other Office staff, regularly speak at schools and community meetings regarding the work of the Office as well as specific law enforcement or crime prevention issues of interest. Topics cover everything from human trafficking, grants and training opportunities, opioid abuse, financial fraud, and national security. If you are interested in obtaining a speaker or training for your group, contact 


Updated March 17, 2022

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