This document serves as a fact sheet on a grant for a postconviction DNA testing program; 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), on the Postconviction Testing of DNA Program. The document states that applicants may include state, county, city, or township governments, as well as public and state-controlled institutions of higher education. The funding provided by this grant would defray the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of state-defined felony offenses in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. The document notes that each grant awarded may be up to one million dollars, and provides examples of strategies or activities that can be funded, including the review of postconviction cases and the location or analysis of biological evidence associated with postconviction cases. The document provides links to the BJA website for more grant information, lists five tips for applicants including that System Award Management registration or renewal may take up to 10 business days, and gives advice on how and when to apply.