Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program
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The FY23 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program closed on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 4:59 PM ET.*
*IMPORTANT: Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, each with its own deadline.
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ABOUT CPD MICROGRANTS PROGRAM
The Fiscal Year 2023 Community Policing Development (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.
Under this solicitation, the COPS Office will fund projects in the following subcategories:
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.
Community Violence Intervention Resources
For more information, review the COPS Office Community Violence Interventions web page along with the following resources for more strategies to combat violence crime:
- U.S. Attorney General’s Summit on Violent Crime: Summary of Key Factors, Promising Strategies, and Additional Steps
- Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders
- Preventing Minority Youth Violence: Lessons from Law Enforcement – Public Health Collaborations
- Co-Producing Public Safety: Communities, Law Enforcement, and Public Health Researchers Work to Prevent Crime Together
Officer Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Diversification
The COPS Office seeks demonstration or pilot projects with creative methods for recruitment, retention and the advancement of diverse representation within law enforcement that include quantitative measures of success to better reflect the diversity of the community or to meet the standards of the 30x30 initiative. 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.
Officer Recruitment and Retention Resources
Applicants should review COPS Office publications such as the following:
- Police Recruitment and Retention for the New Millennium, which emphasizes planning and analysis, reducing the financial impact of turnover, enhancing compensation and other benefits, employee engagement, and improving organizational effectiveness to address recruitment challenges
- Law Enforcement Recruitment Toolkit, which focuses on collaborating with other agencies, engaging the community, and streamlining the recruitment process, among other strategies to address recruitment challenges
- Law Enforcement Best Practices: Lessons Learned from the Field, chapter 7 “Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Promotions,” which provides 13 best and promising practices grounded in academic research and practical experience suitable for agencies of all sizes around recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotions
- Recruitment and Retention for Workforce Diversity, which highlights and summarizes publications that provide the law enforcement field reference and resources for promoting workforce diversity.
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.
Hate Crimes and Domestic Extremism Resources
Visit the DOJ hate crimes website and review the strategies listed in “Preventing Hate Crimes in Your Community” as well as the law enforcement resources in “Resources.” In addition, applicants can review the COPS Office Hate Crime Resources web page for further ideas on strategies.
The COPS Office will provide funding to develop or enhance programs that meet the needs of underserved populations. Underserved populations may include youth, older adults, communities of color, persons experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ+ individuals, persons with disabilities (physical, mental, or intellectual or neurodivergent), undocumented immigrants, and persons in economically disadvantaged situations. 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. For example, agencies may partner with nonprofit, higher education, and faith-based organizations to facilitate dialogues to develop shared goals that will enhance the collective safety of the community.
Underserved Populations Resources
Based on the target audience, applicants should review the strategies listed in the following reports and web pages for further ideas on strategies:
- COPS Office Building Trust web page
- COPS Office Community Partnerships web page
- DOJ Elder Justice Initiative: Law Enforcement web page
- Engaging Police in Immigrant Communities
- Gender, Sexuality, and 21st Century Policing: Protecting the Rights of LGBTQ+ Community
- Memorializing Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Report from the Interagency Working Group on Safety, Opportunity, and Inclusion for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals
- Salt Lake City Police Department Homeless Outreach Service Team (HOST) Program Overview
- Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color: Developing an Agenda
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. Agencies are encouraged to partner with institutions of higher education, community groups, other criminal justice stakeholders, and the general public on project activities. For example, agencies may partner with diverse groups of community members, local elected officials, business leaders, and community members, including youth groups, to facilitate convenings around critical topics facing public safety. These convenings can be documented and shared with the COPS Office for broader distribution to other communities facing the same challenges. Dialogues through local partnerships with these types of organizations are also highly encouraged.
Building Trust and Legitimacy with the Community Resources
Review practices recommended in publications such as:
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
State Law Enforcement Agencies
Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies
Territorial Law Enforcement Agencies
- CPD Microgrants Solicitation Guide (updated 3/16/23)
This solicitation guide includes general information on the administrative and legal requirements governing the COPS Office CPD Microgrants program as well as detailed program-specific information.
- CPD Microgrants Pre-Award Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides quick reference information on the CPD Microgrants program.
- CPD Microgrants Frequently Asked Questions
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The COPS Office is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community.