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Smart Policing Initiative

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies to Address Challenges
to Law Enforcement and Improve the Use of Technology

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

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07/06/21 11:59 PM ET - deadline; JustGrants application deadline is 07/23/2021 11:59 PM ET.


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Grants to USA state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to address challenges in criminal justice and improve the use of technology in law enforcement. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of this program is to enable police agencies to effectively use evidence-based practices, data, and technology.

Recipients of funding under the FY 2021 SPI program will establish police-researcher partnerships; test promising crime prevention, response, and reduction practices; improve police accountability and build their capacity to analyze and use crime intelligence and data; implement and test justice information-sharing technology; and evaluate their effectiveness. For this solicitation, “justice information-sharing technology” refers to any technology (hardware and/or software, hosted residentially or remotely) that plays a role in the collection, storage, sharing, and analysis of criminal justice data.

Category 1: Supporting Innovation. Competition ID: BJA-2021-00118

Applications are solicited from eligible entities interested in developing innovative, data-driven approaches to challenges currently confronting law enforcement agencies. Applicants will:

  • Describe the innovative, data-driven approach to be implemented.
  • Enlist a qualified research partner to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach. As defined in this solicitation, the research partner can be an independent consultant or located in an academic institution, a state Statistical Analysis Center, or a research organization.
  • The research partner should have demonstrated expertise conducting the type of work proposed.
  • Identify a specific policing issue to address.
  • Develop a prevention/mitigation/response strategy to address the problem.
  • Evaluate the initiative.
    • Assess and report the results to BJA, who will make the results publicly available.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on issues likely to be confronted by other law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Areas of particular interest to BJA include, but are not limited to, initiatives that:

  • Reduce identified disparities in a police agency’s delivery of services and support to historically underserved communities, to include those that seek to improve effective police-community dialogue, partnerships and trust building. 
  • Partner mental health and substance use disorder experts, social workers, and disability advocates with police departments to increase officer and community members’ safety through effective de-escalation of interactions with people in crisis.
  • Test new operational approaches to crisis response, including mass casualty events, public safety issues associated with pandemics and natural disasters, and/or protest events that support public safety, maintain civil rights of community members, and reduce the likelihood of violence. Increase an agency’s ability to effectively investigate fatal and nonfatal shootings/aggravated assaults that are driving factors in a community’s violent crime issues, and support the victims and witnesses of these crimes.

Category 2: Responding to Crime Through Applied Technologies, Crime Analysis, and/or Improved Information Sharing. Competition ID: BHA-2021-00119

Applications are solicited from eligible entities to implement and test applied information-sharing technology designed to respond to crime issues and improve data usage and exchange within and among criminal justice agencies, public agency sectors (criminal justice, health, social services), and/or between two or more jurisdictions. Applicants should define their unique challenges and the associated impact on local communities, and provide a comprehensive plan for using applied information-sharing technology to reduce or mitigate the selected crime problem within a constitutionally sound implementation framework.

Specifically, applicants must:

  • Describe the information sharing, crime analysis, or technology approach/solution to be implemented.
  • Enlist a qualified research partner to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach or solution.
  • Identify a specific policing issue to address.
  • Develop a prevention/mitigation/response strategy to address the problem using the analytical or technological approach/solution.
  • Evaluate the initiative.
  • Assess and report the results to BJA, who will make the results publicly available.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on information-sharing, crime analysis, or applied technology initiatives that will provide information to benefit other law enforcement agencies in the United States. Cost benefit analysis of these approaches is encouraged, and applicants should describe their plan to share information about the new technology and approaches with members of affected communities in the jurisdiction to ensure transparency and community trust in the initiative. Areas of particular interest to BJA include, but are not limited to, initiatives that:

  • Test the adoption and adaptation of social network and geospatial analysis approaches and technologies to reduce violent crime and promote effective and meaningful community policing activities.
  • Adopt and test information sharing, crime analysis, or technology to support the implementation of Community Violence Intervention Initiative (CVI) strategies. For more information on CVI initiatives, please see page 9 of this solicitation.
  • Adopt and test the Cardiff Violence Prevention Model, and evaluate its implementation and effects regarding police operations and violent crime hot-spot identification. The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model is designed to better identify violent crime hot spots through the creation of working partnerships between law enforcement agencies and hospitals, public health, and community organizations to more effectively target violence prevention efforts. For additional guidance related to law enforcement’s adoption of the Cardiff Violence Prevention Model, please see the following link provided by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control: Law Enforcement Guidance, Violence Prevention, Injury Center, CDC.
  • Support the development of real-time crime centers (RTCCs) in communities with high rates of violence and gun crime, and develop and test problem-solving interventions using the RTCC technology. 
  • Test and expand the use of the Violent Crime Apprehension Program (ViCAP) by state and local law enforcement agencies as an information-sharing mechanism to identify, investigate, and apprehend violent serial offenders.
  • Test the development, implementation, and outcomes of web-based dashboards or online portals meant to increase agency transparency, and through which the public can access information related to: crime statistics, agency personnel, standard operating procedures, disciplinary actions, assistance programs, and other information to assist communities in addressing crime and building rapport with the law enforcement agency.

For OJP Priority Areas, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 151468

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Award Ceiling: $500,000

Term of Contract:

36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies
- Governmental agencies other than law enforcement acting as their fiscal agent
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions
- Tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes (including tribal consortia operated as nonprofit organizations) acting as a fiscal agent for one or more tribal law enforcement agencies

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

Pre-Application Information: Deadline: July 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: July 23, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a NEW two-step process.
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in at To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal. The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in by July 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. 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.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants at OJP encourages applicants to review, the “How to Apply" section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide. The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on July 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Prior to Registering in
- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM
To Register with
- Acquire AOR and username/password
- Acquire AOR confirmation from the E-Biz POC
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at customer support webpage, or email at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833–872–5175 or The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time, Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

An applicant that experiences unforeseen or JustGrants technical issues beyond its control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline must email the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center (Response Center) at within 24 hours after the application deadline to request approval to submit its application after the deadline.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800 851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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