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Federal TIGER, COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Grants Announced

April 26, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) this week announced grant funds to be awarded to projects with significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Brief descriptions of each grant program, with links to the various websites, are available to help the application process.
TIGER Grant Program
DOT announced the availability of $474 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds to be awarded for a fifth round of surface transportation projects.
Projects eligible for TIGER grants include highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight rail transportation and marine port infrastructure investments. Grants may range from $10 million to $20 million. Grants to rural areas may be for less than $10 million, but must be more than $1 million. No less than $120 million must be awarded to projects in rural areas.
The four previous rounds of TIGER provided $3.1 billion to support 218 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Demand for the program has been overwhelming. More than 4,050 applicants requesting more than $105.2 billion compared to   previous rounds. More than 100 TIGER grants were awarded directly to city or county governments that are otherwise unable to directly access traditional sources of Federal funding for their projects.
The FY 2013 Appropriations Act requires that TIGER funds be obligated before Oct. 1, 2014. The limited amount of time means the department will give priority to projects that are ready to proceed quickly. In addition to project readiness, primary selection criteria include improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems; contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United States and creating and preserving jobs; increasing transportation choices and access to transportation services for people in communities across the U.S.; improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and improving safety.
View the Notice of Funding Availability on the DOT website for information on project eligibility and application requirements.
Applications open on Monday, April 29 and final applications are due by June 3. No pre-application is required. All funds must be obligated by Sept. 30, 2014.
Additional resources are available at DOTs TIGER website.
COPS Hiring Program (CHP)
COPS is accepting grant applications for the FY 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
Awardees may receive up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position over a three-year grant period. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to re-hire officers who have been laid off, or to re-hire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. As in the past, CHP requires that each position awarded be retained with local funds for a minimum of 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their CHP funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.
FY 2013 CHP funding is limited, and all awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.
For detailed information on CHP program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CHP webpage on the COPS website. Applications for this year’s CHP solicitation must be completed and submitted by 4:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.
COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program
COPS is accepting applications for its Community Policing Development (CPD) program for advancing the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development and documentation of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.
The program is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups and faith-based organizations. Proposals should be of national relevance, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic.
For detailed information on CPD program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CPD page on the COPS website.  Applications must be submitted by 1:59 p.m. on Friday, May 24.
Application Process for CHP and CPD
For the CHP and CPD programs, applications must first be submitted through the COPS Application Portal, accessed from Grants.Gov website. Please check passwords and other login information before beginning your application. The COPS Office Response Center can help applicants with problems and issues at (800) 421-6770.

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