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Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies to Increase Capacity to Address Illicit Drug Distribution

2023 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)
CFDA Number: 16.710
Funding or PIN Number: O-COPS-2023-171609
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/18/23 4:59 PM ET - deadline; 04/25/23 4:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA state law enforcement agencies to increase capacity to address the distribution and abuse of illicit substances. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions for the purpose of locating or investigating illicit activities through statewide collaboration relating to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil, or to the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

The AHTF program advances public safety by making competitive grants to State law enforcement agencies in States with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions, for the purpose of locating or investigating illicit activities, through Statewide collaboration, relating to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil, or relating to the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. The goal of the AHTF program is to increase the capacity of law enforcement agencies at the state level to address heroin and opioid abuse through improving investigations and establishing and enhancing multijurisdictional task forces. By providing funding for additional law enforcement, civilian, and task force personnel, training, and equipment, the program seeks to increase the number of hours devoted to statewide task forces, increase the number and variety of agencies participating in task forces, and enhance the analytical capability of task forces. Anticipated outcomes of AHTF awards include: increased collaboration with federal agencies; increased analytical reporting; increased information sharing among participating agencies; increased number and efficiency of investigations; increased percentage of investigations resulting in arrests, referrals, prosecutions, and ultimately convictions; increased knowledge and use of community policing principles; increased number of drug-endangered children identified; and increased number of and size of drug seizures.

The COPS Office is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.

Allowable Costs:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are state law enforcement agencies with primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids.

AHTF will be open to applications from state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and an interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. The agencies must have primary law enforcement authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2022 DOJ discretionary grant funding, either as a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit

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Pre-Application Information
The FY23 COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) program will close on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 4:59 PM ET.*

*IMPORTANT: Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, each with its own deadline.

STEP 1: Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in

STEP 2: Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

- Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and
- Submission: Completing an application is a two-step process:
Completing an application under this program is a two-step process. Applicants must first register via and complete an SF-424, the government-wide standard application form for federal assistance and the SF-LLL Lobbying Certification Form. The remainder of the application will be completed through the JustGrants System

If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service.

There is no local match requirement.

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For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Recipients may receive a maximum of $4 million per award.

Term of Contract
Each award is three years (36 months) in duration.

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23

Contact Information
For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424, please call the customer service hotline at 800-518-4726, send questions via email to, or consult the Organization Applicant User Guide. The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical support with the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) application, please contact JustGrants Support at or 833-872-5175. JustGrants Support operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Training on JustGrants can also be found at

For programmatic assistance with the requirements of this program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or send questions via email to The COPS Office Response Center operates Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, except on federal holidays.

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