Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program


The FY21 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program was closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2021

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The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.

The Microgrants Program is open to all:

Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Federally Recognized Indian tribes and their public 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 the following areas:

  • Community Trust and Legitimacy
  • Officer Engagement
  • Youth Engagement
  • Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism
  • Community Violence Intervention
Detailed descriptions of eligibility, subcategories, and additional solicitation information are available in the CPD Microgrants Solicitation Guide.


The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Law enforcement plays a vital role in each of these areas, through developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with all segments of their communities, and working in partnership with those communities to provide effective crime prevention, intervention, and response services and resources. For all Fiscal Year 2021 COPS Office grant solicitations, applicants should consider these priorities when applying for COPS Office funding to advance community policing, and address these strategic planning priorities within their applications as applicable.

There is approximately $3 million in funding available through the FY 2021 CPD Microgrant program. Each award is one year (12 months) in length. There is no local match.

How to Apply

Applicants are first required to register via and complete an SF-424 and if applicable, the SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying form. After submitting the SF-424, applicants will receive an email with instructions on com¬pleting the second part of the application through the JustGrants system. Applications in hard or electronic format sent via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.


  • Solicitation Guide
    Download and use this guide to complete the application process in JustGrants. The solicitation guide will provide 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 program.

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

For additional assistance we encourage you to visit the Supplemental Application Materials Page, where you will find frequently asked questions, appendices, additional fact sheets, links to webinars, and other resources.