Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

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Award Announcement Update

The Fiscal Year 2023 Community Policing Development (CPD) Award announcement information is now available! Visit the 2023 CPD Awards for the award announcement and management documents.

For all COPS Office 2023 Awards information, visit the Grants page.

CLOSED:

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


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


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


Underserved Populations

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


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


Who is Eligible?


Local Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

Territorial Law Enforcement Agencies
Funding
There is approximately $5.88 million in funding for multiple awards available through the FY 2023 CPD Microgrant program. Each award is one year (12 months) in length. There is no local match.
Solicitation Documents

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For additional assistance we encourage you to visit the How to Apply page, which includes frequently asked questions, appendices, additional fact sheets, links to webinars, and other resources.


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.