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Available Funding


As funding opportunities become available from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), they will be included below. Subscribe to NewsFromBJA to receive funding announcements.

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FY 2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Closing Date
This program provides funding to states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis and/or prevent a backlog of forensic and database DNA samples.

FY 2021 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Closing Date
This program provides support to criminal justice agencies to partner with mental health agencies and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illnesses and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issues.

FY 2021 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

Closing Date
This program serves to improve: (1) state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime and (2) the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from sexual assault kit evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

FY 2021 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

Closing Date
This program provides funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction case review, evidence location, and DNA testing in violent felony cases (as defined by state law) where the results of such testing might show actual innocence.

FY 2021 Project Safe Neighborhoods Training and Technical Assistance Program

Closing Date
This opportunity will establish a cooperative agreement with one training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to further develop the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National TTA Program to support and deliver TTA to PSN Teams, state and local law enforcement, other criminal justice professionals, and research partners.

FY 2021 Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative

Closing Date
This program provides funding for state, local, and tribal governments to enhance or implement performance-based and outcomes-based contracts with reentry, permanent supportive housing, or recovery housing providers to reduce recidivism and address the substance use disorders impacting formerly incarcerated people.

FY 2021 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Crime by Improving Justice System Performance

Closing Date
This program provides funding to develop and implement innovative and research-based responses that address a range of criminal justice system problems. It employs the Justice Reinvestment approach, which recognizes that every justice agency has a role to play in preventing crime, ensuring a fair and efficient justice system, facilitating appropriate sentencing and treatment, and protecting community security.

FY 2021 The HOPE Institute: Applying the Principles of Swiftness, Certainty, and Fairness

Closing Date
This solicitation seeks a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to provide information, resources, and TTA to state, local, and tribal community supervision agencies seeking to develop and test new or enhanced applications of the SCF principles using a data-driven, collaborative process that is informed by research and responsive to local circumstances.

FY 2021 Collaborative Crisis Response Training Program

Closing Date
This initiative seeks to implement transdisciplinary crisis response training to educate and prepare law enforcement and correctional officers so that they are equipped to appropriately interact with people who have behavioral health conditions or disabilities in the course of completing their job responsibilities.

FY 2021 Smart Policing Initiative

Closing Date
The Smart Policing Initiative provides funding to enable police agencies to effectively use evidence-based practices, data, and technology.

Additional Opportunity

FY 2021 Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)
Deadline: 6:00 p.m. ET, June 21, 2021
The purpose of the Patrick Leahy BVP Program is to reimburse states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers.