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Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative for Law Enforcement Agencies

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative is awarding grants on a competitive basis to small law enforcement agencies and prosecutors' offices in rural locations. These grants will support improved training and technology, expanded community-based crime prevention programs, and partnerships with victim services providers. This initiative is intended to improve communication and collaboration between state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve in order to address the unique criminal justice challenges in rural areas.

    Agencies are encouraged to see this funding opportunity as a means to support a cross-sector team engaged in problem-solving methodologies (e.g., the SARA model – Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment) to address local crime challenges. The ability of applicants to articulate the nature of the crime problem to be addressed will be critical to a successful application.

    Funding proposals and requests may include, but are not limited to:

    • Improve training and deploy technology;
    • Improve communication and collaboration between state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve; and
    • Expand community-based crime prevention programs and partnerships with victim services providers.  

    Examples of allowable costs for equipment and services include, but are not limited to:

    • Programs that support victims' services and community engagement
    • Salary or overtime expenditures for personnel integral to violent crime reduction operations
    • Crime analysis software or personnel
    • Consultation services related to program design, implementation, and assessment
    • Development or acquisition of offender-based risk assessment tools to better target investigation, intervention, or enforcement
    • Development or acquisition of software, assessment tools, or services to better serve, protect, and communicate with victims and populations vulnerable to victimization
    • Strategies to more effectively serve and address populations in remote areas, including ways to enhance orders of protection and improve access to services and shelter for remote populations
    • Strategies and services to mitigate the risk for violent behavior in individuals dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders, including crisis intervention programs and services
    • Forensic evidence tools and services for identifying suspects or enhancing evidence, testimony, and outreach to victims
    • Strategies, personnel, services, and tools to improve intragovernmental collaboration in effectively addressing rural violence problems

    Equipment and services that are integral and directly relate to the proposed violence reduction strategies are allowable, provided that they are reasonable and commensurate in cost to the scale of the program.  


    History of Funding

    In 2021, approximately $5,500,000 was available in total funding.

    Additional Information

    Unallowable costs include:

    • Pre-award costs and expenditures
    • Land acquisition
    • Construction projects
    • Firearms /ammunition
    • Armored vehicles
    • Other tactical equipment used strictly for enforcement purposes


    RVCRI Staff

    RVCRI Staff


  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:

    • Publicly funded rural law enforcement agencies;
    • Local or county law enforcement agencies serving rural populations;
    • Federally recognized tribal law enforcement agencies; and
    • Rural county prosecutor's offices. 

    To qualify as rural for the purposes of this solicitation, an applicant must provide services in a rural area, although the jurisdiction's service area need not be exclusively rural. This definition holds for all entity types. For any municipality (e.g., town, village, or borough), the area must be considered rural and the population served must not exceed 15,000, based on the latest U.S. Census enumeration.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted through the program page by March 31, 2023. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Individual award amounts will range from $25,000 to $150,000. Project period is up to 24 months. This solicitation does not require a match.

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