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National Initiatives: Law Enforcement and Prosecution

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs for Training and
Technical Assistance Programs to Improve Crime Response

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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08/13/21 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 08/18/21 11:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, IHEs, individuals, and for-profits for training and technical assistance programs that enhance the criminal justice system's capacity to prevent and respond to crime. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to support law enforcement, prosecution, and analysis within key criminal justice operations.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will award funding to create and implement training and technical assistance programs for law enforcement, prosecution, and analysis in criminal justice agencies. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting and assisting state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and enhancing efforts to prevent, investigate, and respond to crime.

This solicitation contains four categories. Each category is seeking applications for a separate national initiative: 

Category 1 seeks applications to develop and deliver the National Law Enforcement Learning Lab.

Category 2 seeks applications to implement a prosecution research collaborative.

Category 3 seeks applications to enhance case clearance rates.

Category 4 seeks applications to grow crime and corrections analysis capacity.


  1. National Law Enforcement Knowledge Lab: Create a single entity called the National Law Enforcement Knowledge Lab where core competencies and standards for law enforcement operations are defined, training is developed, expert assessment and assistance is provided, and law enforcement entities can go to develop or learn model policy to advance constitutional policing.
  2. Prosecution Research Collaborative: Work in partnership with the nation’s prosecutors who are experiencing an increase in violent crime to identify current research and knowledge gaps regarding prosecutorial practices that improve public safety and build trust. 
  3. National Case Closed Project: Enhance clearance rates, witness participation, victim services, community trust, and the delivery of fair and unbiased justice through improvement of investigative policies, protocols, and practices of response to violent crime. 
  4. Crime and Corrections Analyst in Residence Program: Expand the use of data analysis and analytics in the management of law enforcement and institutional corrections operations and practices. This category covers both law enforcement and corrections analysts to allow sharing of information and resources, and leverage management and subject matter expertise. 

For Objectives and Deliverables, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196983

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

4 (1 in each of the 4 categories)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: $3,000,000
Category 2: $1,000,000
Category 3: $1,000,000
Category 4: $3,000,000 - Applicants should budget $2,000,00 toward crime analysis with law enforcement departments and $1,000,000 toward institutional management analysis with corrections departments.

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Start Date: October 1, 2021 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration: 36 months

BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards.


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
- For-profit organizations other than small businesses
- Individuals
- Small businesses

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all
state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register to participate in a solicitation support webinar, taking place July 7, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET. During the webinar, presenters will provide an overview and answer questions about the FY 2021 National Initiatives: Law Enforcement and Prosecution Program:

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: August 13, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
- Application JustGrants Deadline: August 18, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date.

This solicitation contains four categories, each for a separate national initiative. Applicants can apply to more than one category but must submit a separate, complete application for each.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process.
Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in at To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Registering with is a one-time process; DOJ encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. Processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password.

It can take up to 2 business days to obtain the DUNS number.

System of Award Management (SAM) registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. If you do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the process can take up to 5 weeks. If you have an EIN, the process can takes up to 2 weeks.

For applicants in Categories 1, 2, or 4 in the Washington, D.C. region, as part of the coordination and planning of TTA activities, BJA may request a dedicated key project staff person remain onsite at BJA for up to 40 hours weekly during the duration of the award, though BJA will consider shorter periods of time where the applicant makes the case that they will still satisfactorily accomplish the goals of the solicitation. BJA will not cover the cost of residency or travel to Washington, D.C. for the purpose of meeting this onsite coordination and planning obligation.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs. Customer Support Hotline
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16.738, 16.827

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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