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Fostering Resilience and Hope: Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and the Community

Grant to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs
to Enact Systemic Change in Law Enforcement Culture

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

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07/06/21 11:59 PM ET - deadline; JustGrants deadline is 07/19/21 at 11:59 PM ET.


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribes, and IHEs to enact systemic change in law enforcement culture. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to develop a train-the-trainer curriculum to foster inclusion of a culture rooted in Hope Theory into law enforcement agencies.

This work will 1) mitigate the negative effects of trauma and increase the well-being of law enforcement officers by increasing their hope; 2) provide a conceptual framework for relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies; and 3) increase collective hope to enhance safety and well-being, leadership, and promote relationship building with the community.

Ultimately, this initiative will disseminate lessons learned to the field and contribute to systemic change in law enforcement culture. Purpose Area 1 applicants must be law enforcement agencies. Purpose Area 2 applicants must have a demonstrated history of providing national scope training and technical assistance (TTA) and an expertise in working with victims of crime, trauma, collaboratives, and multidisciplinary audiences.

All demonstration sites are required to partner with a local researcher to conduct site-specific project process evaluation. The technical assistance provider will partner with a national evaluator to evaluate the project.

Grantees funded through this solicitation will engage in the following activities in order to meet the program goals and objectives. As a demonstration initiative, the technical assistance provider, OVC, and all selected sites will co-develop the project implementation, activities, and most deliverables.


  1. Work with the other demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider to develop a train-the-trainer curriculum to foster a law enforcement culture rooted in Hope Theory.
  2. Develop a detailed plan for implementation and dissemination throughout the entire agency. This should include a tiered training system from the top down.
  3. Develop a strategic plan for the agency that incorporates tangible goals and objectives for implementing a hope-centered agency framework and practice that responds to the needs of officers.
  4. Develop new or expand existing policies and best practices that operationalize a common language of hope tailored for law enforcement that promote safety, wellbeing, and community oriented policing practices.
  5. Create and implement a cohesive and actionable plan, using the hope-centered practices and policies, to respond and transform traumatic stress throughout the agency.
  6. Develop a hope-centered community advisory council that will be charged with helping law enforcement implement a hope-centered approach by creating and maintaining community relationships and coordinated outreach. The council should include diverse stakeholders (for example: local citizens including youth and families, law enforcement, school staff, social service organizations, faith-based organizations, etc.).
  7. Document and disseminate best practices and lessons learned through local analysis, and in coordination with national research conducted by the technical assistance provider.

For further information on program activities, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196394

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The federal amount requested must be within the allowable limit specified by purpose area:
- Purpose Area 1: $750,000,
- Purpose Area 2: $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance (Months): 36


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits that do not have 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
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Purpose Area 1: Demonstration site applicants:
- State governments
- City or township governments
- County governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Purpose Area 1 applicants must be public law enforcement agencies, to include Native American tribal governments with arrest powers and that perform law enforcement functions.

Purpose Area 2: Technical assistance applicants:
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.

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Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET) on July 6, 2021. 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.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on July 19, 2021 by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET).
To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Prior to Registering in, applicants must:
- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM

How to Apply for Funding:

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

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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, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at Customer Support, 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. – 9 p.m., ET, Monday – Friday; and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center (this is the OJP contact) by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. ET on the solicitation closing date.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
810 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20531

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