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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or IHE to
Improve Recruiting Capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies

Community Policing Development (CPD) Innovations in Recruitment and Hiring Program

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U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

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06/21/22 7:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/23/22 7:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline.


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, community group, IHE, for-profit, or faith-based organization to conduct activities that assist law enforcement agencies in recruiting and retaining excellent personnel. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The selected organization will develop publications, podcasts, and other tools and resources, and will provide technical assistance to help agencies improve their hiring capacity.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Innovations in Recruitment and Hiring Program

The recruitment and selection of the best law enforcement candidates who represent a diversity of backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences is essential to building trust, collaboration, and transparency with the community. However, the ability of law enforcement agencies to recruit and select eligible candidates presents a challenge in a climate where policing is not seen by some as an appealing career. With retention of officers at an all-time low, and retirements on the rise, it is important for agencies to understand how to implement best practices most effectively regarding the recruitment and selection of officers.

Through this Innovations in Recruitment and Hiring Program, the COPS Office will provide funding to an organization to develop recruitment and hiring resources (videos, toolkits, publications, podcasts, etc.) that can be shared with the broader law enforcement field and provide technical assistance to help law enforcement agencies, in particular those funded through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), implement improvements to increase their capacity to attract and select the best candidates and develop creative and engaging opportunities to market policing positions and expand the pool of potential applicants for their agencies.

The primary goal of this project is to help agencies improve their officer recruitment and selection efforts. The successful applicant will compile a catalog of innovative practices around recruitment and selection and develop tools and resources on overcoming common challenges to their implementation in agencies of varying size and hiring needs. Applicants should consider how agencies should select and tailor their current policies to the proposed best practices to meet their local needs, in addition to overcoming challenges to their implementation.

The selected applicant will also be expected to serve as a technical assistance resource to recent CHP awardees. This assistance could include responding to direct information requests, providing tailored resource products, hosting webinars and other informational sessions for awardees, or facilitating a community of practice with the active awardees.

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GrantWatch ID#: 203200

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $400,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 9/1/22 12:00 AM

Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is open to all for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Projects Out of Scope:
- Applicants that are not institutions of higher education, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and faith-based organizations will not be considered.
- Projects that do not focus on development of recruitment and hiring resources (videos, toolkits, publications, podcasts, etc.) that can be shared with the broader law enforcement field will not be considered.

For typically ineligible costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, through both and the JustGrants system, each with its own deadline:
- Step 1: Register online with to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and to complete the application package.
Grants.Gov application deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (7:59 PM ET).
- Step 2: Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.
Justgrants application deadline: Thursday, June 23, 2022 (7:59 PM ET).

It is anticipated that awards will be announced on or after October 1, 2022.

Note: Do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. The application may take several days to complete, and if you wait until the application deadline date, you may be unable to submit your application by the deadline.

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Please note the following:
- Applicants should register online with SAM and with well in advance of the JustGrants deadline.
- It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on
- 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.

For detailed steps in the application process, see How to Apply at

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, 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 to be allocated FY 2022 DOJ discretionary grant funding, either as a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit

All award recipients will be expected to begin work immediately upon selection and notification of award.

Applicants may submit multiple applications, but they must submit a separate application for each project.

The COPS Office will make all awards from the CPD solicitation in the form of cooperative agreements.

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

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424, please call the customer service hotline at 800-518-4726, or send questions via email to

For technical support with the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) application, please contact JustGrants Support at or 833-872-5175.

For programmatic assistance with the requirements of this program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or send questions via email to

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