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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 Grants.gov.

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 2019 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. In 2019, the Department of Justice awarded more than $80 million in funding to support public safety efforts throughout the State of Minnesota. 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 click here.

 


 

Highlighted 2021 Grant Solicitations:

  • COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The 2021 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.  Anticipated outcomes of CHP awards include engagement in planned community partnerships, implementation of projects to analyze and assess problems, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agencies to engage in community policing activities.  All local, state, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply.  Up to $156.5 million is available for this program.

Applications are due by June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT.  Please click here for more information on the 2021 COPS Hiring Program.

 
  • School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

The 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.  Up to $53 million is available for this program.

Applications are due by June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT.  Please click here for more information on the 2021 School Violence Prevention Program.

 


 

Upcoming Trainings, Events, and Recorded Webinars: 

  • Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Training and Technical Assistance Program
    Webinar held: February 17, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
    In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity; review eligibility requirements, categories, purpose areas, and deliverables; and address frequently asked questions.
    Watch the Recording | Access the Presentation | Read the Transcript
  • Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
    In this webinar, the presenter will discuss the purpose and goals of the funding opportunity; review its eligibility requirements and deliverables; and address frequently asked questions.
    Watch the Recording | Access the Presentation | Read the Transcript
  • Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Site Based and Training and Technical Assistance Program
    In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity; review its eligibility requirements, categories, and deliverables; and address frequently asked questions.
    Watch the Recording | Access the Presentation | Read the Transcript
  • Funding Opportunities for Your Community in 2021: An Overview of What’s Ahead
    In this webinar, attendees will learn the primary initiatives BJA plans to fund in 2021, eligibility requirements, and estimated funding amounts.
    Watch the Recording | Access the Presentation | Read the Transcript
  • The Federal Funding Process: The First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare Now, and Other Considerations
    In this webinar, attendees will learn what registrations are necessary to apply, how to navigate Grants.gov and JustGrants, and what resources are available for applicants, such as the Office of Justice Programs’ Funding Resource Center.
    Watch the Recording | Access the Presentation | Read the Transcript
  • JustGrants and ASAP: OJP's New Grant Management Systems
    During this virtual meeting with the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, BJA shared information about the new grants management and payment systems.
    Watch the Recording | Access the Presentation | Read the Transcript
  • 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: https://cops.usdoj.gov/aboutcops

 

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: https://www.ojp.gov/about

 

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: https://www.justice.gov/ovw


 

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 USAMN.Outreach@usdoj.gov 

 

Updated May 10, 2021

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