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Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Training and Technical Assistance Program

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies to
Pursue Unsolved Civil Rights Murder Cases

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

04/12/21

Deadline Date:

05/10/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA for-profits, nonprofits, IHEs, and local, tribal, and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutor's offices to resolve past murder cases that involved civil rights violations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding may be used to investigate and prosecute cold cases using modern DNA and forensic tools.

The Emmett Till Program, a program created under the Emmett Till Act, provides support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of cold case murders associated with civil rights violations. Per the authorizing legislation, funds are limited to address violations of civil rights statutes resulting in death that occurred no later than December 31, 1979. This solicitation also supports funding for national training and technical assistance to support site-based grants and the field in building capacity and partnerships essential to this work.

Category 1: State, local, and tribal agencies are encouraged to work with their federal partners to pursue these cases and coordinate review of case files and evidence related to potential cases, consistent with other activities under the Emmett Till Act. As part of the Emmett Till Act, the FBI created a “Cold Case Initiative” in which the FBI had its field offices search their cold case files to identify incidents that might be appropriate for investigation. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with their FBI field office and their U.S. Attorney’s Office on these cases.

Allowable uses of funding for Category One include resources for the investigation and prosecution of relevant cases, including the review of evidence and use of modern DNA and forensic tools to aid investigations, and support for families and stakeholders impacted by these cases.

Category 2: Given the complexity of the cases, funding will also be awarded in Category Two for a partner who will offer training and technical advice to assist jurisdictions to better investigate and prosecute a case and support the needs of victims, including family members of those murdered and impacted community stakeholders. This would include technical assistance for Emmett Till grantees, outreach to address the needs from the field including written or web-based materials, training and webinars, and a community of practice, based on an assessment of need.

For a list of objectives and deliverables, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-45002.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188464

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,275,000

Number of Grants:

Category 1: 6 awards; Category 2: 1 award

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: up to $500,000
Category 2: up to $325,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, State governments

BJA is seeking applicants to provide training and technical assistance that have:
- Expert knowledge of associated work.
- Extensive experience in brokering and developing technical assistance.
- Experience in identification of best practices.
- Program documentation, resource compilation, and information dissemination experience.
- The willingness to work with BJA and other partners as a member of a training and technical assistance collaborative.

BJA will consider 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).

Category 1:
- State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors’ offices.
- Tribal law enforcement must be from federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
- Applicants can partner with other agencies and nonprofit organizations with expertise to support the investigation of these cold cases and expertise to leverage historical documents to inform investigations.

Category 2:
- For-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations (including tribal organizations), faith-based and community organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) with demonstrated expertise in assisting communities to develop and implement cold case homicide investigations, as well as investigations of hate crimes and civil rights violations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Event Dates: March 18, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
Location: Online
Learn more and register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2d5eb2392efea3109bf1febdca07b759

Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Date/Time: March 29, 2021, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Online
Learn more and register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2d5eb2392efea3109bf1febdca07b759

Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Event Dates: April 1, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
Location: Online
Learn more and register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e943a3ef4dafd0c2ae9e2bcf9a66bb2cf

Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Event Dates: April 8, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
Location: Online
Learn more and register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e56682cba176decb82074da36fb0999f8

Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Event Dates: April 12, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
Location: Online
Learn more and register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed4ded2dedcbffc28f2361223863c8769

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by May 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 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 Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by May 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

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 Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330695

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

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 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov 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 JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

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 grants@ncjrs.gov. 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.

CFDA Number:

16.031

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-45002

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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

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