Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program


The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants program is now open.

Apply for this year’s CPD Microgrants program by March 11, 2020, at 7:59 p.m. EDT.

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The Fiscal Year 2020 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants program is a competitive solicitation, open to all local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing funding to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of ten areas (see text box below).

The 2020 CPD Microgrants program will fund projects related to the following subtopic areas:

  • Hate Crimes
  • Human Trafficking
  • Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
  • Officer Safety and Wellness
  • Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
  • School Safety
  • Staffing and Allocation Studies
  • Victim-Centered Approaches
  • Violent Crime
  • Youth Engagement

The 2020 CPD Microgrants program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

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.

Detailed descriptions of each of these topics are available in the FY20 CPD Microgrants application guide.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

For more information about the CPD program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or visit the COPS Office online at


It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the SF-424 as quickly as possible. Any delays in registering with or submitting the SF-424 may result in insufficient time for processing your application.

To complete the CPD Microgrants application, please visit the COPS Office website at and click on the “Account Access” tab in the upper right-hand corner. Applicants should then enter their username and password and select “Applications” from the Agency Portal Menu.

Complete application packages for the FY 2020 CPD Microgrants solicitation are due by March 11, 2020, at 7:59 p.m. EDT. Before submitting your application, please review the "Applying for CPD Microgrants” checklist. Hard copies or electronic copies of applications sent via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.

Please note: To apply for funding, applicants must have a DUNS number (DUNS numbers are required of all agencies requesting federal funding) and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status.

If you have forgotten your password, Reset Your Password. Agency Registration requires your agencies ORI; if you do not have it, you may Request Your ORI. If your agency has not registered with COPS and you are the administrative contact for your agency, Register Your Agency with COPS. If you have changes in executives or officials and cannot make updates in Agency Portal, please complete the Change of Information Form and submit it to the COPS Response Center at

If you need to renew your COPS Office Account Access information, contact us at or 800-421-6770.


  • Application Guide
    This application guide includes general information on the administrative and legal requirements governing the COPS Office CPD Microgrants program as well as detailed program-specific information.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • User Guide
    This user guide is a summary of the CPD Microgrants application guide and should be used as a quick reference guide to applying for the CPD Microgrants program.
  • Change of Information Form and Instructions
    This change of information form may be used to make any changes or corrections to the law enforcement and/or government executives in the COPS Office Agency Portal system.