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Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program

Cooperative Agreements with USA IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Increase Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation

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U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

Deadline Date:

07/21/21 7:59 PM EDT - deadline; 07/22/21 7:59 PM EDT - JustGrants deadline.


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Cooperative agreements with USA and territories IHEs, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, and other government agencies for projects to increase law enforcement agency accreditation. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The 2021 CPD program has been established to fund specific projects related to the following subcategory areas:

Addressing Gaps in State Accreditation: The COPS Office seeks to establish accreditation entities in the 14 states that currently do not have any accreditation mechanism by providing funding to assist in the establishment of new state accreditation programs. Applicants should demonstrate why the applicant organization is best positioned to manage accreditation in that state and outline their plan to establish a mechanism that is supported by state chiefs’ and sheriffs’ associations (for example through a resolution or memorandum of understanding [MOU]). Applicants should develop a strategy that is customized for their local needs and supports their law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and a plan for how to promote the importance of accreditation in their state. Applicants should also put an emphasis on ensuring accessibility for small and rural agencies.

Enhancing Existing Law Enforcement Accreditation Entities: The COPS Office seeks to support and enhance existing law enforcement accreditation bodies to facilitate law enforcement agencies’ ability to become accredited. Applicants should develop a multifaceted approach by focusing on activities such as providing technical assistance to agencies, defraying or underwriting accreditation costs, investing in a better infrastructure for accreditation processes, improving customer service, expanding access, reducing costs, and developing user-friendly accreditation templates. The applicant should emphasize on ensuring accessibility for small and rural agencies and indicate the number of agencies that should successfully achieve accreditation as a result of the project. 

Supporting Tribal Agency Accreditation: The COPS Office seeks an existing accreditation entity to work to improve the access of accreditation services for tribal law enforcement. This applicant must demonstrate experience and capabilities with working with tribal law enforcement agencies and describe pre-existing levels of collaboration with tribal agencies. This entity should work with tribal agencies to deliver and tailor existing accreditation standards and processes that are appropriate for tribal law enforcement agencies. The entity should pilot this model with a minimum of four tribal agencies and assess the results of the pilot. The entity should provide all materials developed to assist tribal law enforcement agencies including any resources, standard templates, and checklists to assist other accreditation bodies with replication.

Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation: Under this category, the COPS Office will fund costs related to obtaining accreditation from an existing law enforcement accreditation entity. These awards will fund activities including sworn officer salaries, civilian employee salaries, sworn officer overtime, contracts for staff, accreditation fees, and costs associated with internal training for personnel as well as any other expenses directly related to an agency’s ability to successfully obtain accreditation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196668

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

1) $100,000 cap per award for State Accreditation Entities
2) $100,000 cap per award for Enhancing Law Enforcement Accreditation Entities
3) $150,000 for one award Tribal Accreditation Entity
4) $75,000 cap per award for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement Agency Grants to Support Accreditation Efforts

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM

Each award is two years (24 months) in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Addressing Gaps in State Accreditation subcategory is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

The Supporting Tribal Agency Accreditation and Enhancing Existing Law Enforcement Accreditation Entities subcategories are limited to any existing accreditation entity.

The Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation subcategory is limited to local, state, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies.

For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forego any profit or management fee.

Unless otherwise noted, this solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Pre-Application Information: application deadline (for SF-424): Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (7:59 PM EDT)

JustGrants application deadline: Thursday, July 22, 2021 (7:59 PM EDT)

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and

Applicants are first required to register via and complete an SF-424 and, if applicable, the SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying form. After submitting the SF-424, applicants will receive an email with instructions on completing the second part of the application through the JustGrants system. Applications in hard or electronic format sent via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.

Do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. The application may take several days to complete, and if you wait until the application deadline date, you may be unable to submit your application by the deadline.

Please note that applicants may submit multiple applications, but you must submit a separate application for each project.

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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, please call the customer service hotline at 800-518-4726, send questions via email to, or consult the Organization Applicant User Guide.

For technical support with the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) application, please contact JustGrants Support at or 833-872-5175.

For programmatic assistance with the requirements of this program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or send questions via email to

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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

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