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National Training and Technical Assistance: Capital Case Litigation Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs to
Enhance the Quality of Prosecution in Capital Cases

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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06/18/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, and IHEs to improve the ability of prosecutors to effectively represent the public’s interests in state capital cases, and to enhance representation in capital case litigation. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.

The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is to assist states with: (1) enhancing the ability of prosecutors to effectively represent the public in state capital cases; (2) developing and implementing appropriate standards of practice and qualifications for state and local prosecutors who litigate capital cases; (3) minimizing the potential for error in the trial of capital cases; and (4) improving the quality of legal representation provided to indigent defendants in state capital cases. BJA achieves this purpose by funding national training and technical assistance (TTA) providers that work with states, prosecutors, and defense counsel in capital cases.

Program-specific Information:

Death as a punishment for a crime, or capital punishment, is currently authorized in 31 states. From pre-trial to execution, each stage of a capital case is unique and requires extensive knowledge and training in order to represent the interests of crime victims, their families, and the public, as well as the interests of indigent defendants. These cases also are governed by unique evidentiary rules and processes and require a specific set of skills.

A strong criminal justice system has a robust adversarial system and ensures that both prosecutors and defense attorneys have the training and technical assistance necessary to effectively carry out their legal obligations in all cases. CCLI focuses on training for prosecutors and defense counsel, standards of practice, qualifications and performance assessments for prosecutors, and potential justice system improvements that minimize the potential for error in the trial of capital cases.

Objectives and Deliverables:

The objectives of CCLI are to create training programs and provide resources and tools for state and local prosecutors and defense attorneys to ensure effective representation in state capital cases.

BJA is seeking up to two providers to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA), nationwide, on death penalty issues to prosecutors to enhance their ability to effectively represent the public in state capital cases, and to defense attorneys to improve the quality of legal representation provided to indigent defendants in state capital cases. The selected providers must coordinate training efforts between one another.


Specifically, the selected TTA providers will be expected to:
-Define the training needs of states with regard to capital case litigation, including enhancing the quality of representation by prosecutors and defense counsel.
-Review, update, and develop, as necessary, the training curricula for prosecutors representing the public in state capital cases.
-Review, update, and develop, as necessary, the training curricula for defense attorneys representing indigent defendants in state capital cases.
-Provide technical assistance to states to assess the performance, standards of practice, and qualifications of capital case prosecutors.
-Conduct training evaluations following all training sessions. The evaluations should collect feedback on the value and utility of the training, as well as solicit recommendations for improvements.
-Describe a methodology for TTA delivery, including cost savings and enhancement partnerships with states and organizations. Trainings may include webinars, peer-to-peer learning, online training, and other delivery methods that demonstrate creative, cost-conscious, and effective methods to reach the targeted audiences.
-Arrange all travel and logistical requirements for each proposed training session and technical assistance engagement.
-Comply with OJP conference reporting requirements and other award conditions.

TTA Provider Requirements:

BJA TTA providers are required to coordinate all TTA activities with BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). The successful applicants will be required to comply with NTTAC protocols in order to ensure coordinated delivery of services among TTA providers and effective use of BJA TTA grant funding. BJA reserves the right to reasonably modify these protocols at any time, at its discretion.

The TTA provider also will be required to participate in BJA’s GrantStat for specified grantees. Through GrantStat, BJA management and staff examine the performance of the grant programs funded by BJA by tracking grantee and program performance along several key indicators. GrantStat calls for the collection and analysis of performance data and other relevant grant-level information that enables BJA as well as its TTA partners to be held accountable for the grantee’s and program’s performance as measured against the program’s objectives.

Evidence-based Programs or Practices:

OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policy making and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. OJP is committed to:
-Improving the quantity and quality of evidence OJP generates.
-Integrating evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and the field.
-Improving the translation of evidence into practice.

OJP considers programs and practices to be evidence-based when their effectiveness has been demonstrated by causal evidence, generally obtained through one or more outcome evaluations. Causal evidence documents a relationship between an activity or intervention (including technology) and its intended outcome, including measuring the direction and size of a change, and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. Causal evidence depends on the use of scientific methods to rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change. The strength of causal evidence, based on the factors described above, will influence the degree to which OJP considers a program or practice to be evidence-based.

Information Regarding Potential Evaluation of Programs and Activities:

The Department of Justice has prioritized the use of evidence-based programming and deems it critical to continue to build and expand the evidence informing criminal and juvenile justice programs to reach the highest level of rigor possible. Therefore, applicants should note that the Office of Justice Programs may conduct or support an evaluation of the programs and activities funded under this solicitation. Recipients and subrecipients will be expected to cooperate with program-related assessments or evaluation efforts, including through the collection and provision of information or data requested by OJP (or its designee) for the assessment or evaluation of any activities and/or outcomes of those activities funded under this solicitation. The information or data requested may be in addition to any other financial or performance data already required under this program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 142590

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Number of Grants:

BJA expects to make up to two awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

BJA expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on or after October 1, 2018.

BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program or project was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and the progress of the work funded under the award.


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to public or nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities that agree to forego any profit or management fees, and institutions of higher education that have experience and expertise in overseeing capital cases and providing training on death penalty cases. Applicants must also have experience in delivering training and technical assistance nationwide. Nonprofit organizations that hold money in offshore accounts for the purposes of avoiding paying the tax described in 26 U.S.C. § 511(a) are not eligible to apply.

Note: A prospective recipient of grant funds that is found to have an “unresolved audit finding” from a DOJ Office of the Inspector General audit, as described at 34 U.S.C. § 10263, will be ineligible to receive grant funds during the period specified in that statute. See 34 U.S.C. § 10263(5).

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must acquire a unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number). Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. A DUNS number is usually received within 1-2 business days.

Applicants must acquire or maintain registration with SAM. Each applicant must update or renew its SAM registration at least annually to maintain an active status. SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete (2 more weeks to acquire an EIN).

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

An application cannot be successfully submitted in until receives the SAM registration information. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 18, 2018.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs. Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035

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Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
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