U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
05/10/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA for-profits, nonprofits, IHEs, and local, tribal, and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutor's offices to resolve past murder cases that involved civil rights violations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding may be used to investigate and prosecute cold cases using modern DNA and forensic tools.
The Emmett Till Program, a program created under the Emmett Till Act, provides support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of cold case murders associated with civil rights violations. Per the authorizing legislation, funds are limited to address violations of civil rights statutes resulting in death that occurred no later than December 31, 1979. This solicitation also supports funding for national training and technical assistance to support site-based grants and the field in building capacity and partnerships essential to this work.
Category 1: State, local, and tribal agencies are encouraged to work with their federal partners to pursue these cases and coordinate review of case files and evidence related to potential cases, consistent with other activities under the Emmett Till Act. As part of the Emmett Till Act, the FBI created a “Cold Case Initiative” in which the FBI had its field offices search their cold case files to identify incidents that might be appropriate for investigation. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with their FBI field office and their U.S. Attorney’s Office on these cases.
Allowable uses of funding for Category One include resources for the investigation and prosecution of relevant cases, including the review of evidence and use of modern DNA and forensic tools to aid investigations, and support for families and stakeholders impacted by these cases.
Category 2: Given the complexity of the cases, funding will also be awarded in Category Two for a partner who will offer training and technical advice to assist jurisdictions to better investigate and prosecute a case and support the needs of victims, including family members of those murdered and impacted community stakeholders. This would include technical assistance for Emmett Till grantees, outreach to address the needs from the field including written or web-based materials, training and webinars, and a community of practice, based on an assessment of need.
For a list of objectives and deliverables, see https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-45002.pdf#page=7.
GrantWatch ID#: 188464
Category 1: 6 awards; Category 2: 1 award
Category 1: up to $500,000
Category 2: up to $325,000
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36
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