Community Policing Development: De-escalation Training Solicitation


The FY21 Community Policing Development (CPD) De-Escalation Training Solicitation Program was closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on July 22, 2021

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The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) 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 De-Escalation Regional Training Center subcategory is designed to support the creation and delivery of national level de-escalation training efforts. The De-Escalation State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agency Grants subcategory supports state and local law enforcement agencies efforts to build and maintain their officers' de-escalation proficiency.

Institutions of Higher Education

Detailed descriptions of eligibility, requirements, and additional solicitation information are available in the Community Policing Development Solicitation Guide.

The De-Escalation State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agency Grants subcategory is open to:

Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Federally Recognized Indian tribes and their public agencies

Proposals should be responsive to the category, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded CPD funding.

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 $14.5 million in funding available through this FY 2021 CPD program. Each award is two years (24 months) in length. There is no local match.

  • The De-Escalation Regional Training Centers subcategory has a maximum cap per award of $1,250,000.
  • De-Escalation State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agency Grants subcategory has a maximum cap per award of $200,000.

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 completing 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 Regional De-escalation Training Centers program as well as detailed program-specific information
  • CPD Pre-Award Fact Sheet
    This fact sheet provides quick reference information on the De-Escalation Training Solicitation 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, which includes frequently asked questions, appendices, additional fact sheets, links to webinars, and other resources.