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Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)


    Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing funding to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of ten areas.

    The 2020 CPD Microgrants program will fund projects related to the following subtopic areas:

    • Hate Crimes
    • Human Trafficking
    • Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
    • Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
    • School Safety
    • Staffing and Allocation Studies
    • Victim-Centered Approaches
    • Violent Crime
    • Youth Engagement

    The 2020 CPD Microgrants program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

    Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded CPD Microgrants funding.


    History of Funding

    Previous grantees can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Typically unallowable equipment/technology costs include the following:

    • Ammunition
    • Automatic license plate recognition software
    • Bayonets
    • Bikes and associated equipment
    • Biometric technology
    • Body armor
    • Body-worn cameras
    • Bomb detection technology
    • Bulletproof vests and accessories
    • Buses/shuttles/transit vans
    • Camouflage uniforms
    • Closed-circuit televisions (CCTV)
    • Communication boxes
    • Computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems/records management systems (RMS)
    • Copiers
    • Electronic control weapons (ECW)/Tasers
    • Explosives
    • Firearms (including training firearms)
    • Fitness equipment
    • General law enforcement vehicles (including patrol cars and leased vehicles)
    • Golf carts/motorized personal vehicles
    • GPS devices
    • Grenade launchers
    • Handcuffs, weapons, and ammunition (including training ammunition)
    • Laser spectroscopy devices
    • License plate readers (LPR)
    • Manned aircraft
    • Metal detectors
    • Mobile data terminals (MDT)
    • Non-motorized vehicles
    • Radios
    • Recreation equipment (including tents and coolers)
    • Robotic cameras
    • Shared items between projects”if equipment is to be used for concurrent projects, this should be captured in your indirect costs. If your organization does not have an indirect cost rate agreement, this may be proportionally charged as direct with prior approval. 
    • Simulators/augmented reality programs
    • Thermal imaging devices
    • Tracked (armored) vehicles
    • Traffic equipment (such as cones, message boards)
    • Trailers
    • Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)
    • Video surveillance (including security systems)
    • Weaponized aircraft, vessels, and vehicles of any kind 


    COPS Response Center

    COPS Response Center
    145 N Street NE
    Washington, DC 20530
    (800) 421-6770

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are all local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application that shows partnerships with key organizations including institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations in order to build strong working relationships

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 11, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $2.3 million is available through this years Microgrants program. Award amounts vary. Up to 23 awards will be granted. Awards are up to $100,000. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Enhance Response, Investigation, and Prosecution of Domestic Violence - Sponsored by Panasonic - Playback Available


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