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Criminal Justice Grant Opportunity

Saturday, July 11, 2020




Federal funding is available for local law enforcement agencies, jails and courts for expenses related to COVID-19. The Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration Office of Criminal Justice Programs announced the availability of grants through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, which will provide funding to assist in preventing, preparing for and responding to the pandemic. The amount available in Tennessee is $4,250,000.

Allowable projects and purchases for the supplemental funding program include but are not limited to equipment (such as technology for remote hearings/appearances and personal protective equipment), supplies (gloves, masks, sanitizer, etc.), training and travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas). Funding cannot be used to supplant local funds or to make up for budget shortfalls.

There are three opportunities available and eligible entities may apply for any or all of them:

*Local Law Enforcement (including Campus): The intent to apply and application for local law enforcement must be completed prior to 5:30 PM EST on July 24. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded under this solicitation.

*Local Courts: The intent to apply and application for local courts must be completed prior to 5:30 PM EST on July 17. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded under this solicitation.

*Local Jails: The intent to apply for local jails must be completed by July 14. Applications must be completed prior to 5:30 PM EST on July 17. Grants of up to $20,000 may be awarded under this solicitation.

Eligible subrecipients are limited to local county, municipal government and campus law enforcement entities which were not eligible for previously issued direct CESF contracts.

Contracts for these solicitations will be one year in length beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Successful applicants will receive their contract by approximately September 1, 2020; however, COVID-19 expenses from July 1, 2020 may be applied to the grant. Funding is contingent on the availability of U.S. Department of Justice federal appropriations.


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