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Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies

Grants to USA Local, State, and Tribal Governments to Implement
or Expand Body Camera Programs for Police Officers

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Conf. Date:

06/29/21

Deadline Date:

07/12/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 07/26/21 11:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline.

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories local and state governments, IHEs, housing authorities, and tribal governments to implement or improve the use of body-worn camera devices for police officers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support camera purchases, training, personnel expenses, and related technology costs such as infrastructure enhancements, redaction, and storage.

 This opportunity provides funding to law enforcement agencies seeking to purchase body-worn cameras (BWCs) to establish or expand comprehensive body-worn camera programs with a specific and demonstrated plan to implement this technology to maximize the benefits of BWCs. This program furthers the Department’s mission by promoting the safe and fair administration of justice. 

BWC programs are an important tool that could be an integrated part of a jurisdiction’s holistic problem-solving and community-engagement strategy, helping to increase both trust and communication between the police and the communities they serve. BWCs can be highly effective, providing an objective audio and visual record of interactions that can capture empirical evidence in the event of a crime, police-citizen interaction, or use-of-force incident.

Funds must be used to purchase body-worn cameras. In addition, while BWCPIP-LEA is intended for the purchase of BWCs, this solicitation requires the grantee to commit to developing a comprehensive BWC implementation program. Funding can be used to support pilot BWC programs, establish new BWC implementation, or expand existing programs.

For goals, objectives, and deliverables, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-131001.pdf#page=6.

For OJP priority areas, see see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-131001.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178038

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$27,500,000

Number of Grants:

80

Estimated Size of Grant:

No award under this solicitation may exceed $2,000,000. However, no individual applicant may exceed the $2,000 per BWC funding cap. This applies to all applicants. (For examples to illustrate the application of this $2,000 BWC funding cap, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-131001.pdf#page=6.)

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Start Date: October 1, 2021 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration: 36 months

BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Special district governments, State governments.

Correctional agencies are eligible to apply for the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) provided they perform law enforcement functions as part of regular duties that are supported by public funding.

Applicants for BWCPIP-LEA may apply on their own behalf or in partnership with one or more agencies that meet the eligibility criteria.

*For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Funds must be used to purchase body-worn cameras; applicants that are seeking to fund BWC program development activities but have no plans to purchase BWCs will not be considered for funding. In addition, while BWCPIP-LEA is intended for the purchase of BWCs, this solicitation requires the grantee to commit to developing a comprehensive BWC implementation program as described below. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of their comprehensive implementation plans. Applicants that are seeking only to fund the purchase of BWCs without consideration of the broader program goals discussed below will be adversely affected in the review process.

All applicants should be aware that under federal law, OJP may not award grant funds to procure or obtain any equipment, system, or service that uses “covered telecommunications equipment or services” as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. In general, with limited exceptions, “covered telecommunications equipment or services” includes telecommunications and video surveillance equipment or services produced by a foreign entity that is specifically designated by statute, or designated by the federal government pursuant to statute.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register to participate in a webinar on June 29, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET, to learn more about this opportunity and how to apply: https://bja.ojp.gov/events/fy-2021-body-worn-camera-policy-and-implementation-program-bwcpip-support-law-enforcement

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- Grants.gov Deadline: July 12, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
- Application JustGrants Deadline: July 26, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date .

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process.
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants at JustGrants.usdoj.gov. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; DOJ encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. Processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password.

It can take up to 2 business days to obtain the DUNS number.

System of Award Management (SAM) registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. If you do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the process can take up to 5 weeks. If you have an EIN, the process can takes up to 2 weeks.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process no later than January 31, 2021.

Funds require a 1:1 match by the grantee.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Application Information: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333801
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline
800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
support@grants.gov

JustGrants Service Desk
833–872–5175
JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.835

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-131001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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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