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.
 


 

Racial and Ethnic Disparity Training and Technical Assistance

Under this program, the successful applicant will support and maintain the OJJDP Technical Assistance To End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System. This technical assistance project will provide education; training and technical assistance; and resources for state, local, and tribal governments and private organizations on the most promising systemic and programmatic techniques to address DMC and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system. The resource center will build on the most recent research on effective systems change strategies and programmatic interventions that address minority youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

  Deadline: 02/23/2017
Funding Source: Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
     

Smart on Juvenile Justice: Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative

This initiative will provide funding to (1) develop and implement standards of policy and practice to effectively manage well-resourced, statewide juvenile indigent defense systems; (2) develop state or regional resource centers to help state, tribal, and local juvenile defense systems enhance the quality of legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of specific initiatives; and (3) support community based nonprofit organizations that provide direct civil legal services, mentoring, and reentry planning to youth in out-of-home placement who are transitioning or have recently transitioned back to their families and communities. The organizations would provide the youth with direct civil legal services, mentoring, and collective advocacy strategies to address the collateral consequences of justice system involvement and overcome barriers to securing housing, education, and employment to reduce recidivism. This initiative will provide cost-effective and innovative training for the juvenile indigent defense bar, including public defenders and court-appointed counsel working on behalf of juvenile indigent defendants, particularly in traditionally underserved locations, including rural areas.

  Deadline: 03/02/2017

Funding Source: Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention

Eligible Grantees: 
Category 1:
Juvenile Defense Training and Technical Assistance. Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education. For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.
Category 2: Regional Juvenile Defender Resource Centers. Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.
Category 3: Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Legal Services. Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). 
 

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.