Funding Spotlight: Supporting Collaborative Approaches to Community Issues

April 24, 2020

Jurisdictions across the U.S. are facing challenging, pervasive problems that cannot be fixed by any one social service system but must be tackled in collaboration with multiple agencies. For instance, the opioid epidemic cannot solely be addressed in the criminal justice system, and school violence cannot be the lone responsibility of the education system.

Recognizing these are areas they can help, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is now accepting applications for two grants that support partnerships between the criminal justice system and other service systems.

Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP)

Who: Units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, state administering agencies responsible for criminal justice planning, or state agencies responsible for addressing alcohol and substance use can apply for one of the two categories offered under this grant.

What: COSSAP aims to help jurisdictions create, expand, or put into practice collaborative efforts to identify and support people who are impacted by illicit drug use. The funds will support efforts to reduce overdose fatalities and support victims of crime in an effort to ease the impact of opioids and other substances on communities.

When: Applications are due May 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. ET.


Preventing School Violence: BJA’s STOP School Violence Program

Who: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, public agencies, and nonprofit entities (including private schools) are eligible to apply for multiple of the four categories included under this grant.

What: This grant is intended to support training for law enforcement, school personnel, and students on how to prevent school violence; to develop and operate anonymous threat reporting systems; and to develop and implement school threat assessments and specialized trainings for school officials to respond to mental health crises.

When: Applications are due June 9, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. ET.


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