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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

18 Federal Grants to Protect Your Civil Rights
http://www.educationmoney.com/civil_rights
EducationMoney.com repackages information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance in an interesting manner.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

53 Federal Programs to Fight Crime
http://www.educationmoney.com/crime_reduction.html
EducationMoney.com repackages information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance in an interesting manner.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Bureau of Justice Assistance
Guide to Grant Programs
http://bja.ncjrs.org/g2g/
(Last checked 06/08/14)

(Edward) Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, see Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Funding Opportunities
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=46
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 06/08/14)

Corrections Grants from the State of Michigan,
http://egrams-mi.com/portal/user/SearchResults.aspx
Type in keywords such as corrections.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Crime Victim Foundation
http://www.crimevictimfoundation.org/
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

DNA.gov
http://www.dna.gov/
DNA.gov highlights current grant opportunities (among other things) for forensic science specialists.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Grants
http://www.fema.gov/grants
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Federal Funding Opportunities for Consumer Protection
Posted on Grants.gov
http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?fundingCategories%3DCP|Consumer%20Protection
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Federal Funding Opportunities for Law, Justice, and Legal Services
Posted on Grants.gov
http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?fundingCategories%3DLJL|Law%2C%20Justice%20and%20Legal%20Services
(Last checked 06/08/14)

FundsNet Social Justice and Society Grants
http://www.fundsnetservices.com/searchresult/28/Social-Justice-&-Society-Grants.html
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Impact Fund
http://www.impactfund.org/
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 06/08/14)

Ingham County Bar Foundation
http://www.inghambar.org/foundation
The Ingham County Bar Foundation is taking applications for funding from applicants who present programs in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties that relate to the foundation's purposes. Application forms and instructions may be requested by email at lawry@icb-foundation.org. The foundation may request supplements to the applications and make on-site visits or require an applicant to appear at a board or committee meeting. One electronic version of the application should be sent as a pdf file along with supplemental materials, also in pdf format, to lawry@icb-foundation.org at the office of the Ingham County Bar Foundation. All submissions must be made via email. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Applicants will be notified in writing by Dec. 31 of the disposition of any grant application. One of the criteria that the Grant Review Committee will use in assessing each application is whether the proposal is consistent with the foundation's mission to promote access to justice; to expand the availability of legal services to the public at large; to support local charitable organizations; to promote continuing legal education; and to foster the honor and integrity of the profession of law. For further information, contact: Ingham County Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 66, Grand Ledge, MI 48837 or email: lawry@icb-foundation.org . Source : Lansing State Journal, October 7, 2011.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Law Enforcement Grants Available through the State of Michigan
http://egrams-mi.com/portal/user/SearchResults.aspx
Type in keywords such as law enforcement.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan Department of Community Health
Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Programs
http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2941_4871_4879-15152--,00.html
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan State Bar Foundation Grants
http://www.msbf.org/grants/index.html
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan State Police
Office of Highway Safety Planning
http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1593_3504_5083---,00.html
Describes grant programs.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Michigan State Police Troopers Assistance Fund
http://www.mspta.net/
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)

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
Electronic Clearinghouse
Funders Online
http://www.mincava.umn.edu/fol.asp
Also listed under Social Services.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

National Association of Youth Courts
Websites of Interest for Possible Funding Opportunities
http://www.youthcourt.net/?page_id=260
Contains links to government and private sector resources that youth courts may want to investigate for possible funding opportunities.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

National Crime Prevention Council
Service Learning Grants to Promote Crime Prevention & Community Service
http://www.ncpc.org/programs/tcc/
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

National Tactical Officers Association
Special Program Assistance for Needed Tactical Officer Assets
http://ntoa.org/site/grants/
The National Tactical Officers Association is pleased to provide an equipment donation program (SPA-NTOA) for SWAT Teams throughout the United States. The program is designed to provide important life saving equipment to SWAT/tactical teams that may otherwise not be able to obtain this equipment. All applicants are required and must have a valid team membership in the NTOA to be eligible for all grant programs. Applicants will be chosen up to and including: the completeness of the application, statistical data on operations, team size vs. department size vs. population served, and narrative (specific grants may have additional requirements).
(Last checked 06/08/14)

NCJRS Grants and Funding Links
https://www.ncjrs.gov/fedgrant.html
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
(Last checked 06/08/14)

PoliceGrants.com
http://www.policegrants.com/
Be sure to check out the Grant Kit section in the bottom left corner.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

PoliceOne.com Police Grants Page
http://www.policeone.com/Grants/
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

The Pollination Project Foundation
http://www.thepollinationproject.org
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 06/08/14)

State Bar Association of Michigan
Legal Aid Programs
http://www.michbar.org/public_resources/legalaid.cfm
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Crime or Abuse Victims, 2011
http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/fc1000/population_group:crime_abuse/state:MI/top:foundations/list/2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, from the Foundation Center.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Offenders & Ex-Offenders, 2011
http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/fc1000/population_group:offenders/state:MI/top:foundations/list/2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, from the Foundation Center.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

U.S. Department of Justice
Office for the Victims of Crimes
Grants and Funding Opportunities
http://ojp.gov/programs/victims.htm
(Last checked 06/08/14)

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Funding Opportunities
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/funding.htm
On this page, you will find links to current funding opportunities at OJP listed by their source and various grant related forms and information.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Open Solicitations
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/solicitations.htm
(Last checked 06/08/14)

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Resource Guide
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ResGuide/
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
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Vests for Life Program
http://www.aphf.org/vests.html
Under the trust of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Police Hall of Fame acts as a clearing house for departments who have used or excess body armor vests which are donated, inventoried, entered into a database at the organization's Miami headquarters and provided to smaller departments who are in need.
(Last checked 06/08/14)


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 Cooperating Collection 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)
http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/article/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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Finding Funds for Your Equipment, Programs, and People (Part 2 of 2)
http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/article/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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Get a Head Start: Prepare for Grant Writing
http://www.policegrantshelp.com/news/1957479-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
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Going for Grants
http://www.policeone.com/Grants/articles/4206104-Put-foundation-grants-to-work-for-your-law-enforcement-agency/
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Grant Funds: Money is Where You Find It
http://web.archive.org/web/20030402193408/
http://www.clede.com/Articles/Police/grants.htm

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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

Grants 101
http://www.ojp.gov/grants101/index.htm
This online guide provides: An overview of the OJP grant process for competitive and non-competitive programs; Tips on how to find funding opportunities and write strong applications; A description of the application review process and; Links to other resources, including the OJP Financial Guide and sample application materials.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

PRIVATE FUNDING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE GRANTSEEKING PROCESS
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/jr000240.pdf
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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

QUICK GUIDE TO FUNDING SOURCES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS. New York, New York :Fund for Peace Human Rights Program, 1996. 48pp. Funding Center (1 East) HV41.2 .Q5 1996
Directory of government agencies, international development organizations, and private foundations with an interest in funding human rights, law and justice, civic affairs, and women's issues. All entries provide address and description of funder. Some entries give phone number, contact name, and application information.
Also listed under Religion and Social Change.

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
http://www.policegrantshelp.com/news/2015646-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.
(Last checked 06/08/14)

 

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