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COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF)

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies
to Investigate the Distribution of Illegal Drugs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Deadline Date:

07/10/17 7:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants to USA state and territory law enforcement agencies to improve public safety through the investigation of illegal drug-related activities. Funding through this award will be used to prevent the distribution of heroin, the illegal distribution of prescription opioids, and the illegal distribution and diversion of prescription opioids.

Agencies may request funding to pay for the following:

-Equipment directly related to anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

-Supplies directly related to anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

-Travel/Training directly related to anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

-Contracts/Consultants directly related to anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

-Other costs, including overtime for sworn officers engaging in anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

Agencies may also request funding for the following personnel and fringe benefits:

-New civilian personnel to work directly on anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

-New entry-level sworn personnel to work directly on anti-heroin and other opioids investigation activities

-Agencies may elect to redeploy locally funded sworn personnel to engage in AHTF activities and assign newly hired AHTF-funded officers to backfill their positions

-For FY17, funding requests are not limited to your agency's entry-level salary and benefits. AHTF award funds will pay for experience level salaries as reflected in your agency's approved pay-scale.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155699

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

The COPS Office anticipates making approximately six 2017 AHTF awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests under this program will be capped at $1,500,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

Each grant is two years (24 months) in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AHTF will be open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and an interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures.

To be eligible, applicants must:

-Have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids

-Have high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids

-Use the funds for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids

AHTF may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opioids-related activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period for the 2017 AHTF program begins May 22, 2017. All applications must be submitted July 10, 2017, at 7:59 PM EDT. Applications submitted after July 10, 2017, will not be considered for funding.

New Certification Requirement:

In FY 2017, all state or local government entity applicants (e.g., police departments, sheriff’s departments, state police) are required to certify compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 regarding prohibitions or restrictions on sending to, requesting or receiving from, maintaining, or exchanging information on citizenship or immigration status, including any prohibitions or restrictions imposed or established by a state or local government entity or official. This certification must be completed by the governing body’s chief legal officer (e.g., city or county attorney).

a. Set up a new user and roles in the COPS Office Agency Portal at https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/. Establish accounts for the law enforcement executive (LE)/ program official (PO), government executive (GE)/ financial official (FO), and chief legal officer (CLO).

b. Set up an e-signature in the COPS Office Agency Portal at https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/. Establish an electronic signature for all officials (LE/PO, GE/FO, and CLO). This is critical as it enables your agency to sign important documents in the application process.

It is strongly recommended that applicants notify their governing body’s chief legal counsel of this certification requirement as soon as the AHTF application period opens so that they may conduct the required reviews necessary for completing the certification before the application deadline.

Registration:

All FY 2017 AHTF applicants are required to have a valid ORI number. The ORI number is assigned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and is your agency’s unique identifier. Please contact the COPS Office Response Center to verify your agency’s ORI number. If you do not have an ORI number, a COPS Office Response Center Specialist will assign one to you for the purpose of tracking your award application. This is required before you begin your application on Grants.gov.

In addition, the Federal Government requires that all applicants for federal awards and cooperative agreements— with the exception of individuals other than sole proprietors—have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to submitting an application.

Completing an application under the AHTF program is a two-step process. Applicants are first required to register via www.grants.gov and complete an SF-424, the government-wide standard application form for federal assistance. Once you have registered and submitted your SF-424 through Grants.gov, you will receive an e-mail from the COPS Office within one business day with instructions on completing the second part of the AHTF application process, which is the COPS Office Application Attachment to the SF-424 through the COPS Office Online Application System. If you have not renewed your COPS Office Account Access information, contact the COPS Office Response Center.

It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on www.grants.gov. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the SF-424 and section 1 on Grants.gov as quickly as possible. Any delays in registering with Grants.gov or submitting the SF-424 may result in insufficient time for processing your application through Grants.gov or the COPS Office Online Application System.

The COPS Office anticipates making AHTF award announcements prior to September 30, 2017.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=COPS-AHTF-APPLICATION-2017

Contact Information:

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, call the Grants.gov customer service hotline at:

800-518-4726
support@Grants.gov

For programmatic assistance with the requirements of this program or with submitting the application through the COPS Office Online Application System, please call the COPS Office Response Center at:

800-421-6770
AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov

CFDA Number:

16.710

Funding or Pin Number:

COPS-AHTF-APPLICATION-2017

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Geographic Focus:

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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