U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
06/19/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Grants to USA and territories state and local government agencies for projects that advance medical examiner services and forensic science services. Funding is intended to improve both efficiency and quality of services. A portion of funding is allocated for projects addressing the opioid epidemic.
With this solicitation, BJA seeks proposals for formula funding under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program). This program awards grants to states and units of local government to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services. Under the Coverdell program, State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both formula and competitive funds. This solicitation is ONLY for SAAs applying for the formula funds.
A state or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or more of the following six purposes:
Note: The alarming proliferation of opioids and synthetic drugs have had a crushing effect on many crime laboratories. Medical examiners and forensic pathologists have also been overwhelmed by the volume of autopsies as a result of opioid and synthetic drug related overdose deaths. To address these issues, BJA plans to allocate approximately 64 percent of available funds to specifically target the challenges that opioid and synthetic drugs have brought to the forensic science community.
GrantWatch ID#: 184314
Maximum number of awards BJA expects to make: up to 55 awards
Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award: based on population
The approximate amount each eligible state would receive if $26,469,758 were made available for FY 2020 is listed in Appendix 1 on page 24 of the Grant Solicitation document in Supporting Documents below.
- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2020
- Period of performance: 24 months
- Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a project period extension, ordinarily will not exceed 3 years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grants Management System: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/gmsexternal/
For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants Management System Support Hotline at 888-549-9901, option 3, or via email at GMS.HelpDesk@usdoj.gov. The GMS Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including on federal holidays.
For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email firstname.lastname@example.org; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. The NCJRS Response Center operates from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., eastern time on the solicitation close date.
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
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
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