Law Enforcement Technology

Funding Assistance

Please note the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System is not a funding agency or organization. NLECTC offers tools and assistance to help law enforcement and corrections agencies locate and better prepare to apply for funding opportunities.

The Results Are In: NIJ Announces Fiscal Year 2013 Awards

In fiscal year 2013, NIJ issued 43 solicitations and made just under 350 awards for approximately $144 million.

Every year, NIJ funds research, development, evaluation, testing, and training and technical assistance awards across the spectrum of criminal justice.

View a list of all fiscal year 2013 awards page.

See all of the awards made by NIJ.

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Guidance on Using Incentives to Participate in Research

The National Institute of Justice has recently updated its guidance on participant support costs and incentives for social science research funded by NIJ. Participant support costs, including direct cost for registration fees and stipends, are allowable for some social science research funded by NIJ, with prior approval. Incentives, including gift cards or cash, are generally unallowable because they are considered gifts. Under very specific circumstances, NIJ may approve the use of incentives, provided the incentive and amount proposed meet the definition of reasonable.

Learn more about NIJ’s policy on participant support costs and incentives.

NTIA Grant Money Available for PSBN

The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced requirements for grants to assist state, local and tribal governments with planning for a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband  network (PSBN). The program addresses the need to enable police officers, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety officials to communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions. Find information on the grant requirements here:

OJP Grants 101
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides an overview of grants and funding opportunities and describes the entire grant process from choosing what type of grant is right for your organization to how a grant is awarded.


Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

Grants and Funding

National Institute of Justice

Office of Justice Programs

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Fire Administration

Types of Grants

  • Formula/block grants
  • Discretionary/competitive grants
  • Congressional earmarks
  • Directed solicitation/invitation only

Formula/Block Grants
Awarded to states to provide assistance to state and local units of government for programs in accordance with legislative requirements. A formula is used to determine how much funding recipients will receive. Examples of formula grants:

  • Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG): State Solicitation
  • Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG): Local Solicitation
  • Office on Violence against Women STOP (OVW) Violence Against Women Formula Grant
  • Homeland Security Grant Program

Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Made to states, units of local governments or private organizations at the discretion of the awarding agency. Most discretionary awards are competitive in nature in that there are limited funds available and a large number of potential recipients. Examples of discretionary grants:

  • Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grant Program
  • GTEA
  • OVW Rural Program
  • OVW Grants to State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program

Congressional Earmarks
Congressional earmarks are items approved in the federal budget for a specific purpose. Earmarks are both "hard" and "soft."

  • Hard earmarks are written into legislation, usually with specific amounts to be spent and the specific recipient of the funding identified.
  • Soft earmarks are based on conference reports. Earmarks occur in a specific fiscal year and may not be continued to the next fiscal year.

Directed Solicitation/Invitation Only
Grant programs are directed at specific agencies for specified purposes. Grant amount available may be set (similar to a formula grant) or open (e.g., discretionary grant). Examples of directed solicitation/invitation only grants:

  • COPS Methamphetamine Initiative (Hot Spots)
  • COPS Technology Initiative
  • National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)