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Grant Opportunity: 2014 COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance

The COPS Office  announced that the FY 2014 COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) is open and accepting applications beginning May 21, 2014.

Applications must be submitted via the COPS Office Online Application System by 7:59 PM, EDT, on June 23, 2014 to be considered for FY CRI-TA funding.


  1. Partnerships – Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.

  2. Organizational Transformation – The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.

  3. Problem Solving – The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate effective responses.

The 2014 CRI-TA Program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

1. Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement (Multiple awards up to $1,125,000 each); 2. Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (One award up to $500,000).


This solicitation is open to all profit and non-profit institutions, universities, and colleges. Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing and police operations as it pertains to the application topic. The focus of this grant announcement is to support law enforcement and communities across the United States, so applicants must propose projects that deliver activities nationwide. Unless otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.

Steps to Apply:

Completing a CRI-TA application is a two-step process. Applicants are first required to register via and complete an SF-424. The funding code for this solicitation is COPS-Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Application 2014. Once the SF-424 has been submitted, applicants will receive an e-mail from the COPS Office with instructions on completing the second part of the CRI-TA application through the COPS Office Online Application System. If you have not renewed your COPS Office Account Access information, contact the COPS Office Response Center at or 800-421-6770.

For more information, visit the COPS web page here, or here for the opportunity announcement on

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