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Department of Justice Federal Grant Opportunities

January 23, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced two grant opportunities open to local governments.
The grants provide funding for a law enforcement body-worn camera system demonstration program and programs addressing sexual assault prevention and related crimes in rural areas.
Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance: FY 2015 Smart Policing Initiative
The FY 2015 Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has added a new purpose area to fund a body-worn camera systems (BWCS) demonstration program.
Of particular interest to the BJA are projects that examine the impact of the implementation of BWCS on citizen complaints, the process and outcome of internal investigations, privacy issues, and community relationships. In addition, consideration of the cost-benefit ratio of this technology and promising implementation practices are of paramount importance to any law enforcement agency considering its adoption, and may also be addressed by projects proposed under this purpose area.
All applications for this program are due by March 9. For more information, please see the complete notice of funding availability via the Bureau of Justice Assistance grant opportunities webpage.
Department of Justice/Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) — FY 2015 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program
Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas. The geographic isolation, transportation barriers, economic structure, particularly strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions significantly compounds the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives. Recognizing this, the purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and to support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas.
The Rural Program seeks applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problem of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
All applications for this program are due by March 4. For more information, please visit the complete solicitation via the Department of Justice's grant opportunities webpage.

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