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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Community Policing Development Solicitation (CPD Microgrants) program funds are used to develop law enforcement's capacity to implement community policing strategies by providing funding to local, state, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies. When properly applied, community policing improves the identification and prioritization of community problems; builds trust and relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve; and enables an agency to build a culture toward accountability, transparency, open communication, and mutual trust.
With this funding, the COPS Office supports projects that allow for the identification and expansion of promising practices and produces knowledge products that follow the principles of good guidance:
- Quality-driven, with an emphasis on action statements to drive promising practices and reduce variations in performance
- Evidence-based, with recommendations that are consistent with the weight of the best available evidence identified through systematic review
- Accessible, with clear language and manageable lengths that are appropriate and relevant for the law enforcement field
- Memorable, to encourage immediate actions or aid for the complex situations law enforcement professionals face
The 2023 CPD Microgrants program will fund projects related to the following subtopic areas:
- Building Trust and Legitimacy with the Community - The COPS Office will provide funding to law enforcement agencies seeking to develop or enhance programs that focus on building trust and legitimacy between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The COPS Office will give special consideration to projects that support underserved communities including projects focusing on youth.
- Underserved Populations - The COPS Office will provide funding to develop or enhance programs that meet the needs of these and other underserved populations. The application should identify the population(s) that will be the target audience for the project activities and how the agency determined that audience. Agencies are encouraged to partner with institutions of higher education, community groups, other criminal justice stakeholders, and the general public on project activities
- Hate Crimes and Domestic Extremism - The COPS Office will provide funding to develop or enhance programs that aid in the prevention of and response to hate crimes and domestic extremism. Agencies are encouraged to partner with institutions of higher education, community groups, other criminal justice stakeholders, and the general public on project activities.
- Officer Recruitment and Retention - The COPS Office seeks demonstration or pilot projects with creative methods for recruitment and retention that include quantitative measures of success. Applicants should identify a list of activities and strategies based on prior research and best or promising practices. Applicants should clearly source each activity and strategy in the project narrative. A variety of objectives can be proposed to achieve the project goal(s) and may involve agency personnel and resources as well as community partners.
- Community Violence Intervention - The COPS Office will provide funding to develop and enhance programs that engage the community in violence reduction efforts including street outreach, violence interrupters, hospital-based interventions, group violence interventions, and other strategies that provide wraparound services to communities. Special consideration will be given to programs that develop or enhance gun violence interventions. Agencies should identify a list of activities and strategies based on prior research and best or promising practices. Applicants should clearly source each activity and strategy in the application. Agencies are encouraged to partner with institutions of higher education, community groups, other criminal justice stakeholders, and the general public on project activities.
Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded CPD Microgrants funding.
History of Funding
A map of CPD awardees can be seen at https://cops.usdoj.gov/cpd-award
2022 grantees can be seen at https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/2022AwardDocs/cpd/Award_List.pdf
2021 grantees can be seen at https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/2021AwardDocs/cpd/Award_List.pdf
2020 grantees can be seen at https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/2020AwardDocs/cpdmicrogrants/Award_List.pdf
Typically unallowable costs include the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Bar charges/alcoholic beverages;
- Commuting costs to include to and from program location;
- Entertainment, including amusement, diversion, social activities, and any associated costs (i.e. tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities);
- Food and beverages at conferences, meetings, or trainings your organization is hosting;
- Local travel costs (lodging, meals, per diem, or transportation costs) within a 50-mile radius of the project location;
- Mileage reimbursement, rental cars, parking fees, and/or taxi fare for local travel within a 50-mile radius of the project location;
Unallowable technology costs include the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Ammunition (live and training);
- Body armor and body-worn cameras;
- Electronic control weapons (ECW)/Tasers Explosives;
- Firearms (including training firearms);
- Simulators/augmented reality programs; and
- Video surveillance (including security systems).
This is not a comprehensive list. Please check the application guidance for the full list.
Eligible applicants are all local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application that shows partnerships with key organizations including institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations in order to build strong working relationships
Applicants are to submit a SF-424 and SF-LLL to Grants.gov by May 1, 2023, at 4:59 PM ET. Full applications are to be submitted to JustGrants by May 8, 2023, at 4:59 PM ET. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Up to $5 million is available for approximately 28 awards through the 2023 Microgrants program. Individual award amounts vary up to $175,000. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods extend 12 months, beginning October 1, 2023.
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