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The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the FY 2017 COPS Collaborative
Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) Program
now open and accepting applications.

Apply for this year's CRI-TA award by November 1st.

The Fiscal Year 2017 Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) Program is now open. The CRI-TA Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all law enforcement stakeholder associations (membership organizations).

The CRI-TA Program funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies by providing technical assistance to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies on a variety of topics that are tailored to meet their unique needs. This program provides practical, “by the field, for the field” technical assistance from leading experts across a range of public safety, crime reduction, and community policing topics. The goal of the 2017 CRI-TA program is to develop and execute a national law enforcement technical assistance program for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that will improve their organizational, public safety, crime reduction, and community policing effectiveness, while reflecting the Department of Justice priority of recognizing local control and accountability for effective policing.

Up to $7,190,000 is available through this year's program and all awards are subject to the availability of funds.

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

How to Apply

STEP 1: Notify the COPS Office Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 of your intent to apply for the FY 2017 CRI-TA Solicitation.

STEP 2: Upon notification of the open application from the COPS Office, the applicant will need to log into the COPS Office Account Access to begin the application.

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

STEP 3: The applicant will need to fill out the form-fillable SF-424 and upload to Section 13 of the application.

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.

Program Documents

Application Guide Certification of Compliance with § U.S.C. 1373
CRI-TA FAQ's (revised 10/6/17) Consultant/Contractor Fact Sheet
Indirect Cost Rate Fact Sheet Sole Source Justification Fact Sheet
Program Income Fact Sheet Agency Portal Grants Management User Manual
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