Public Defense Federal Grants Center

NLADA's Defender Grants Center provides a curated, up-to-date listing of funding opportunities offered by federal agencies that may be of interest to the public defense community. Opportunities are sorted by application deadline.
 


 

Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime

NIJ, in collaboration with OVC, seeks applications for funding research and evaluation projects to examine Victim/Offender Overlap, Violent Victimization Experiences of Understudied Populations, Evaluation of Victim-Centered Alternative Justice Models, and Evaluation of Victim Service Delivery Models. NIJ will accept proposals of research that have the capacity to isolate potential causal mechanisms underlying the relationship between victimization and offending. NIJ is particularly interested in models research models that include event-based or frequent measurement of victimization and offending experience over time.

  Deadline: 03/14/2017

Funding Source: Department of Justice National Institute of Justice

Eligible Grantees: In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices (Beyond Crime Reduction)

NIJ seeks applications for funding research and/or evaluation projects to examine the impacts of policing strategies and practices using outcome measures that consider crime reduction as well as other possible positive and negative impacts on individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and the policing organizations. NIJ will accept proposals to assess strategies and practices that focus on place (where crime occurs) or the individual-level, such as the Chicago (IL) Police Department's Strategic Subjects List intervention. One of the major objectives of this solicitation is the development of more complete measures of the impacts of a policing strategy and/or practice. NIJ is particularly interested in understanding the degree to which a strategy and/or practice can be effective in reducing crime with minimal negative collateral consequences.

  Deadline: 03/23/2017
Funding Source: Department of Justice National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.
     

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System

 (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research in three areas: (1) the impact of acute and chronic stress on (a) law enforcement and corrections officers and (b) individuals in violent communities; (2) the impact of parental incarceration on children; and (3) the efficacy of services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children exposed to violence. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

  Deadline: 03/23/2017
Funding Source: Department of Justice National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.
     

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to State, tribal, and local jurisdictions. Applications must address one of two research categories: 1) narcotics, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation and prosecution; or 2) drug intelligence and community surveillance. NIJ has identified two drug priorities: 1) heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs); and 2) novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs).

*A webinar discussing this solicitation will be held on February 22. Register here

  Deadline: 03/23/2017
Funding Source: Department of Justice National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.
     

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime

The W.E.B. Du Bois Program supports quantitative and qualitative research on the intersections of race, offending, victimization, and the fair administration of justice for both juveniles and adults. It furthers the Department's mission by advancing knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. This funding opportunity seeks investigator-initiated proposals to conduct research on topics linked to race and crime in the context of violence and victimization, crime and crime prevention, and justice systems.

In FY2017, NIJ will give priority consideration to proposals for research on:

  • Homicide and other violence in minority communities
  • Criminal courts (including but not limited to screening and assessment, legal defense systems, and sentencing reform)
  Deadline: 03/31/2017
Funding Source: Department of Justice National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.
     

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports innovative crosssystem collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan and implement justice and mental health strategies collectively designed between justice and mental health.

This solicitation specifically seeks to increase early identification and front-end diversion of people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders identified at early intercept points within the justice system. This program seeks to increase the number of justice, mental health, and community partnerships; increase evidence-based practices and treatment responses to people with behavioral health disorders in the justice system; and increase the collection of health and justice data to accurately respond to the prevalence of justice-involved people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders.

 

  Deadline: 04/04/2017
Funding Source: Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligible Grantees: Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Only one agency is responsible for the submission of the application in Grants.gov. This lead agency must be a state agency, unit of local government, or federally recognized Indian tribal government. 

Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

BJA has issued a solicitation requesting applications to perform work that will ensure that state and local governments are provided with capacity and tools needed to meet obligations established by the Sixth Amendment. The solicitation offers awards in three categories of activities: 1) working to increase strategic planning around Sixth Amendment issues; 2) enhancing defense systems and right to counsel training; and 3) serving as a Sixth Amendment Fellow. Applications are due on May 16, 2017. Technical assistance with grant submission may be obtained via email to [email protected]. BJA will host a solicitation webinar on April 4 at 2pm EDT.  

 

Deadline: 05/03/2017

Funding Source: Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligible Grantees: In general, BJA is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, Small businesses, Private institutions of higher education, State governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, and County governments.