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FY 2024 Solicitation Overview: The Kevin and Avonte Program: Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individuals with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities

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May 2024
2 pages
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This document describes a grant to support the development or operation of programs that prevent the wandering of individuals with forms of dementia or developmental disabilities and increase vulnerable individuals’ safety and facilitate rescues; it provides an overview of who may apply and why, maximum award funds, where to find more information, tips for successful grant applications, and how and when to apply.


This solicitation overview provides grant information and resources for entities that may be interested in funding assistance from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to receive funding to develop or operate programs that have one of the following goals: to prevent the wandering of individuals with forms of dementia or developmental disabilities; increase vulnerable individuals’ safety and facilitate rescues; or implement location tracking technologies to help find missing individuals. The overview notes eligible applicants as being: nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) status; public- and state-controlled, and private institutions of higher education; federally recognized Native American tribal governments; healthcare agencies; state or local law enforcement; tribal law enforcement; or other public safety agencies. Strategies that can be funded include: provide prevention and response training and emergency protocols; improve public awareness; develop or expand community partnerships; and more. The fact sheet provides details on the maximum amount of funding per award and lists examples of strategies or activities that can be funded, as well as where to get more information about the grant opportunity. The document also lists tips for submitting a successful grant application, with details about how and when to apply. It also emphasizes that registration and renewal in the System for Award Management (SAM) may take up to 10 business days.

Date Published: May 1, 2024