Public Safety and Community Violence Reduction Grant
Funds to address violent gun crime and community violence that have increased as a result of COVID-19, or to address a decrease in public sector law enforcement staffing as a result of COVID-19, using either of the following program areas:
- Law Enforcement Staffing
- Violent Crime Reduction Programs
- Equipment and Technology
- Community Violence Intervention Programs
The application period for this grant program closed on November 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM. All submitted applications are currently under review.
All ARPA applicants must have an organization, or subrecipient, that will serve as the fiduciary agent and assume overall responsibility for the grant. As this is a law enforcement grant, the implementing agency must be a law enforcement agency and the affiliated unit of government will be either the municipal or county governance of the law enforcement agency. Eligible ARPA applicants include:
- Law enforcement agencies
- A unit of local government
- State agencies
State Agencies are not eligible to apply for Program Category 1, Law Enforcement Staffing
1. Law Enforcement Staffing (Hiring law enforcement officials)
- Hire Public Safety employees for the same positions that existed on January 27, 2020 but that were unfilled or eliminated as of March 3, 2021.
- Hiring above pre-pandemic baseline, by adjusting the pre-pandemic baseline for historical growth in the public sector employment over time. If choosing this option, the formula prescribed in Treasury’s final rule that must be completed to determine eligibility
2. Violent Crime Reduction Programs: Evidence-based practices like focused deterrence, street outreach, violence interrupters, and hospital-based violence intervention models, complete with wraparound services such as behavioral therapy, trauma recovery, job training, education, housing and relocation services, and financial assistance
3. Equipment and Technology: Investments in technology and equipment to allow law enforcement to respond to the rise more efficiently and effectively in gun violence resulting from the pandemic, for example technology to assist in the identification of guns whose serial numbers have been damaged.
4. Community Violence Intervention Programs: Funding more intervention workers, increasing their pay, providing training and professional development for intervention workers, and hiring and training workers to administer the programs.
Note: State Agencies are not eligible to apply for Program Category 1, Law Enforcement Staffing
Policy Requirements: All applicants are subject to reporting and auditing requirements per federal guidelines and OPB terms and conditions.
Recipients of SFRF must alight to policy requirements under 2 CFR 200.
The following 2CFR policy requirements apply to 21.027 assistance listing for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF), Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSFRF) and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF):
- Subpart B, General provisions
- Subpart C, Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards
- Subpart D, Post Federal; Award Requirements
- Subpart E, Cost Principles
- Subpart F, Audit Requirements
*Additional requirements may be placed on awards are outlined in an executed terms and conditions agreement to accept the award.
Post Award Information:
All payment requests for allowable activity will be paid using a reimbursement method. OPB will not accept proposed changes to this payment method for any subrecipient under this program.