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Grant Applications

The Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) announces grant opportunities on this webpage. 

 How to Write an Application: Project Narrative Overview *NOTE: This Power Point  was used during a live WebEx training. Some slides may lack specific context without the addition of the webinar live recording. OCJP is working to publish the training in its entirety as soon as possible. Once published that training will be available under the Grants Management Resources section of our website.


Upcoming Funding Opportunities


The purpose of this solicitation is to seek projects which seek to reduce the prevalence of violent crime, particularly gun-crime, by identifying Significant Violent Offenders and targeting them for federal or state prosecution.

Preference will be given to projects that assist with coordinating Significant Offender Lists (“SOLs”) throughout the district as continued collaboration and intelligence sharing is key to attacking the violent crime problems in our district. As the significant offenders are now traveling throughout not only different parts of a city or county but the entire district now, we believe that focusing on the offenders rather than the  geographic areas or neighborhoods makes the most sense.

Preference will be given to projects which include “gun teams” to follow up on all gun cases and NIBIN hits.

Preference will be given to projects which promote standardized techniques, such as questionnaires, to enhance law enforcement’s capability to interview individuals who unlawfully possess firearms.


Eligible subrecipients are limited to local law enforcement agencies whose primary jurisdiction falls within the United States District Court for the Eastern District ot Tennessee.

Preference will be given to agencies which can provide up-to-date and relevant statistics related to violent crime and gun-violence in their jurisdiction including: (1) The number of violent crimes that have been reported; (2) The number of gun-related crimes that have been reported; (3) The number of potential offenders involved in these crimes; and (4) Relevant prosecution statistics for these cases.

Preference will be given to agencies who can provide a mean of collecting and examining relevant data throughout the life of the project in order to assess project effectiveness.

Intent to Apply: 7/12/2019

Applications Due: 7/31/2019

OCJP funding opportunity to implement and run a 24/7 statewide Sexual Assault Hotline. The Tennessee Statewide Sexual Assault hotline should be equipped to offer free services including:


  • Confidential support from a trained staff member or volunteer.
  • Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
  • Local resources that can assist with next steps toward healing and recovery
  • Referrals for local long term support
  • Information about the laws in the local community and state
  • Basic information about medical concerns and sexual assault

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate the following:

  • A knowledge of sexual assault programs and resources across the state and how to effectively link survivors to these resources.
  • Use of chat rooms, text messaging and other communication techniques in addition to the traditional crisis line.

This will be a 3-year contract with VOCA funding up to $150,000/year; 20% match is required.

All interested applicants must submit a letter of INTENT TO APPLY by June 14, 2019.

APPLICATIONS due June 28, 2019

OCJP is opening up this funding opportunity to increase the number of civilian Victim Coordinators working in local law enforcement agencies. A Victim Coordinator provides information to victims so they better understand their rights in the criminal justice process. The Victim Coordinator will provide assistance to victims during Law Enforcement interviews, as appropriate, through accompaniment and advocacy.

This position is for civilian personnel only. Sworn officers are not eligible. Preference will be given to projects that employee full time victim coordinators.

This will be a 3-year contract totaling $200,000.00 to hire additional staff.

All interested applicants must submit a letter of Intent to Apply by June 14, 2019.

Applications are due July 5, 2019


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