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A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to the law. Also check Grants for Nonprofits : Public Safety.

Web Sites

Bureau of Justice Assistance
Funding Opportunities
(Last checked 05/01/17)

Bureau of Justice Assistance
Grant Writing and Management Academy
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has established The Grant Writing and Management Academy for criminal justice practitioners and state, local, and tribal jurisdictions (including any community- and/or faith-based partners) that apply for or receive federal grants. This training provides an overview of project planning, management, administration, and assessment of federally funded programs. The training encourages participants to think strategically about how they develop and fund projects. Participants are introduced to a variety of methods and tools used to identify community problems, administer and manage projects, and assess performance. T he first module -- Before Applying for BJA Funds -- provides an overview of BJA, its funding opportunities, and the purpose of and the rules associated with grant funds and highlights various tools and resources available from BJA to help perspective applicants and grantees. The second module-- Applying for BJA Funds -- addresses preapplication activities, such as registration with http://www.grants.gov and solicitation format requirements. It also covers the application process, including information required for each section and tips on how to present the material to address the requested information, how applications are reviewed, and what an applicant can expect in terms of next steps and timing of award announcements. The third module -- Managing Your BJA Funds -- will offer an overview of the various administrative and financial requirements associated with managing a federal grant project, provide suggestions and methods to help manage daily project activities, and discuss the importance of ensuring accountability in all project operations. The fourth module -- Strategic Planning -- is a supplemental module that provides information on the benefits of strategic planning and provides suggestions on how undertaking sound project planning will assist projects to be more effective and efficient in their operation. The fifth module -- Budget -- is a supplemental module that provides more in-depth information on budget development, budget categories, and budget narrative provided as a part of a grant application. A video transcript is available for each module via the Video Transcript link at the bottom of each page.
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Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Funding Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is seeking proposals to fund a variety of initiatives designed to enhance local law enforcement community policing efforts. The purpose of this solicitation is to provide funding for community policing efforts through direct enhancement and the development of products, tools, or applied research. This solicitation is being announced as an open competition. Awardees will be expected to begin work immediately upon selection.
For the "Open Topics" area, applicants are encouraged to present original and innovative proposals under this topic area. Proposals must support the mission and goals of the COPS office to advance the community policing efforts of local law enforcement. Applicants may propose such projects as the direct funding of innovative pilot programs (for example community oriented government pilot projects), the development of tools, products or applied research that will facilitate the implementation or advancement of community policing efforts, or providing training and/or technical assistance to local law enforcement concerning issues relevant to community policing topics (for example community policing as it relates to intelligence gathering).
For more information, see the Federal Register, May 21, 2003, pp.27846-27851; Deadline: June 30, 2003.
(Last checked 05/01/17)

Crime Victim Foundation
The Crime Victim Foundation's mission is to provide last resort assistance to crime victims in Michigan who have an immediate and critical need and for whom no other financial resource is available. The Crime Victim Foundation is non-profit and works solely for the purpose of helping victims of crimes in Michigan.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency Grants
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Federal Funding Opportunities for Consumer Protection
Posted on Grants.gov
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available.
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Federal Funding Opportunities for Law, Justice, and Legal Services
Posted on Grants.gov
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Impact Fund
The Impact Fund awards grants to non-profit legal firms, private attorneys and/or small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice and/or poverty law. We seek to provide funding for public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, or raise public consciousness. The Impact Fund has awarded over $3.6 million in general and donor-advised grants, since its inception. The Impact Funds awards grants four times per year, with the average grant size being $10,000 - $15,000. The maximum grant amount awarded to any single applicant per year is $25,000.
(Last checked 05/01/17)

Jams Foundation
National Association for Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program
The Foundation/National Association for Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program supports the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation services nationwide. The Program believes that community mediation is community mobilization. Nonprofits, educational institutions, and public agencies are eligible to apply. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
(Last checked 05/01/17)

Michigan Grant Opportunities : EGraMS
EGraMS Tutorial
Michigan.gov/egrants or the Electronic Grants Administration & Management System (EGrAMS) is a new electronic database for finding State government grants, as well as grants from other sources -- covering anywhere from 300-500 current funding opportunities at any given time.
(Last checked 05/01/17)

Michigan State Bar Foundation Grants
The Michigan State Bar Foundation was established in 1947 in recognition of the legal profession's responsibilities to the public. Since then, the Foundation has made more than $42 million in grants to support civil legal aid to the poor and improve the administration of justice in Michigan. For more information on grant recipients.
The Foundation offers grants for law-related educational and charitable programs through our Administration of Justice Grants Program. The priorities for these grants are described in the application packet as follows: The Michigan State Bar Foundation prioritizes funding of innovative projects that educate Michigan children and adults about their legal rights and responsibilities, the American justice system, and opportunities for conflict and dispute resolution. From time to time, the Foundation also may consider or seek out projects of extraordinary merit in other subject areas related to improvements in the administration of justice. In addition to the AOJ Grants, the Foundation also provides funding in the area of civil legal services for the poor. Looking for legal aid? Visit the Michigan Legal Assistance Network's Web site where you can find information about all of the legal services progrmas in Michigan, with links to those that have thier own Web sites. They also provide client oriented materials on many topics.
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Michigan State Police
Office of Highway Safety Planning
Describes grant programs.
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Michigan State Police Troopers Assistance Fund
The Assistance Fund purchases automated external defibrillators (AED's) and donates them to groups and organizations that have a need for them, but could otherwise not afford to purchase them on their own. The Fund also awards scholarships and lastly, it provides monetary donations to other recognized charities such as the American Red Cross, the United States Marine Corp Toys for Tots Program, and the Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors, just to name a few.
(Last checked 03/12/07)

National Association of Youth Courts
Websites of Interest for Possible Funding Opportunities
Contains links to government and private sector resources that youth courts may want to investigate for possible funding opportunities.
(Last checked 05/01/17)

National Crime Prevention Council
Service Learning Grants to Promote Crime Prevention & Community Service
The NCPC will award grants to support service-learning projects planned and implemented by youth who identify needs and create projects to address or prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse in their schools and communities. These grants are intended to encourage and promote crime prevention, community service, and civic responsibility.
Maximum Award: $500.
Eligibility: Ages 11-19; Youth must be participating in a Community Works or Youth Safety Corps program or be in a youth group or class of six or more members.
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NCJRS Grants and Funding Links
A compilation of web links to U.S. Department of Justice agencies that fund researchers and practitioners engaging in specific criminal and juvenile justice projects. See individual project descriptions for applicant requirements. Financial aid is not available.
Listed under Law and Criminal Justice
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Be sure to check out the Grant Kit section in the bottom left corner.
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PoliceOne.com Police Grants Page
An online tool designed to keep Law Enforcement informed of the availability of grants that can be used to fund technology projects, product purchases, programs or research at their agency. Law Enforcement personnel can review all available grants, search for specific grant information, submit a grant listing (please note this is only to submit a grant listing, NOT to apply for funding), and discuss grant opportunities with other officers.
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The Pollination Project Foundation
The Pollination Project makes seed grants of $1,000 each to social entrepreneurs with a practical vision for doing good in the world. The organizations will make one grant every day for a year for projects in the environment, justice, human rights, arts and culture, animal rights and welfare, and community health and wellness. Grants will not support established organizations or corporations; grantees' time or services; projects that have already raised over $10,000 since inception; scholarships and training fees; and projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
(Last checked 05/01/17)

State Bar Association of Michigan
Legal Aid Assistance Directory
The Lawyer Referral Service programs operated by the State Bar of Michigan and various local bar associations are a good place to start if you want to find a lawyer. Many arrange low cost or free consultations of approximately 15 to 30 minutes as part of the initial service. Some individuals find the consultation sufficient to get direction or answers for the issues they face. After the initial consultation, if you wish to engage the attorney, you must make payment arrangements for services directly with the attorney.
If you want legal assistance or dispute resolution assistance but cannot afford a lawyer you may be eligible for free legal services. All Michigan communities are also served by dispute resolution centers that may be helpful in certain disputes. To apply for free help or learn more, check with some of the programs below to see if you are eligible.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Crime or Abuse Victims, 2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, from the Foundation Center.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Offenders & Ex-Offenders, 2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, from the Foundation Center.
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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U.S. Department of Justice
NCJRS Grants and Funding Page
https://www.ncjrs.gov/fedgrant.html,br> A compilation of web links to U.S. Department of Justice agencies that fund researchers and practitioners engaging in specific criminal and juvenile justice projects. See individual project descriptions for applicant requirements. Financial aid is not available.
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U.S. Department of Justice
Office for the Victims of Crimes
Grants and Funding Opportunities
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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Funding Opportunities
On this page, you will find links to current funding opportunities at OJP listed by their source and various grant related forms and information.
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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Resource Guide
This Resource Guide provides information on OJP activities and programs and highlights resources available for collaborative relationships with criminal justice and community organizations. In effect, it offers a road map of opportunities for joint efforts and available assistance to communities at the state and local levels. Specifically, the Resource Guide describes comprehensive community-based initiatives; available training and technical assistance; opportunities for financial assistance; and criminal and juvenile justice clearinghouses and resource centers you can tap into.
Listed under Law and Criminal Justice
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Books & Articles

The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased. In addition, a few web links have been included on proposal writing and related topics which may be of interest to the law enforcement community.

Finding Funds for Your Equipment, Programs, and People (Part 1 of 2)
Although budgets for campus safety and security can be tight, school districts, universities and hospitals that do their homework, are creative and are diligent can find a wide variety of grants, funding and other resources. Here's Part I of Campus Safety magazine's investigation on how these institutions can pay for their projects. Article by Robin Hattersley Gray, Campus Security magazine, Nov/Dec 2006.
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Finding Funds for Your Equipment, Programs, and People (Part 2 of 2)
Although grants often are the funding sources campuses first consider, alternative resources are available if school, university and hospital law enforcement agencies know where to look. Community partnerships, equipment donations, fees, asset forfeitures and the repurposing of budgets are just some of the other ways they can support their institutions, departments and goals. Article by Robin Hattersley Gray, Campus Security magazine, Jan/Feb 2007.
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Get a Head Start: Prepare for Grant Writing
Your Chief has handed you a funding announcement for a grant and you see that it is due in three weeks. Congratulations, you have been selected to write the grant and "get the money"! As you sit there fingering through the request for proposal, you wonder how much time this is going to take. You are also wondering how you are going to get this done with all of your other duties you have as an officer. You may even be thinking that you haven't a clue how to get started. Advice from Denise Schlegel, Secrets to Getting Police Grants
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Going for Grants
Put foundation grants to work for your law enforcement agency Many of the same community "partners" that show up and provide some sort of sponsorship for your neighborhood block party are also giving out cash throughout your community. Advice from Brian Harris.
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Grant Funds: Money is Where You Find It

An online article by Bill Clede appearing in the July 1996 issue of Law and Order. Identifies funding sources for local police departments. Still available thanks to the Internet Archive.
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Grant Writing
Available via Proquest Research Library
Agencies should be familiar with the types of federal grant opportunities available and how to apply for grant funding. Article by Roland Reboussin, Ph.D. and Cynthia J. Schwimer appearing in FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Sept. 5, 1997. Note: access restricted to the MSU Community and other subscribers.
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Grant Writing: A Best Practice Guide
Still available thanks to the Internet Archive
Practical advice for police officers from Bridget Newell. Web Site maintained by the International Association of Police Chiefs.
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NIJ Journal, July 1999, No. 240 includes the article "Private Funding for Criminal Justice Initiatives" by Kate Chieco starting on page 20 which should be of interest to criminal justice fund raisers, particularly those who work for government agencies.
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A RESOURCE GUIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, CORRECTIONS, AND FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY. Washington, D.C. : Office of Community Oriented Policing, 2001. 102pp. Available online
Each chapter highlights possible funding sources.

Successful Grant Writing for Chiefs and Administrators
It just recently dawned on me how grant writing and law enforcement are alike in many ways. Each grant application is like presenting a case to the judge. The grant writer/investigator has to gather all of the facts, data, history, information, and a clear description of the problem and its outcome. Each grant proposal is a presentation of a case statement. Advice from Denise Schlegel, Secrets to Getting Police Grants.
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