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Many agencies and labs have found that applying for and receiving grant money is a good way to finance their purchase of an M-Vac® system. We want to help our customers learn where to look for these grant opportunities as well as how the process works. Grants are often available for only a short window of time (often two or three months from initial posting to the application deadline) so it is important to look at the websites often. There is also some preparatory work that can be done anytime in order to make the specific application process go faster once an opening shows up.

A change was made for grant applications for 2021 which involves having two deadlines for every application. The first deadline is with the Grants.gov and it is for submitting the SF-424 (a 3-page basic information form) and the SL-LLL (a 1-page lobbying activities disclosure) forms in grants.gov. The second deadline is for submitting the full application in JustGrants. You won't be able to submit the main application in JustGrants if the grants.gov forms aren't already submitted.

Here are links to likely grants that are currently open:

  • FY 2022 Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Prosecution Program. Grants.gov deadline is June 10, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern; JustGrants deadline is June 15, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. (Notice these deadlines were extended from the original deadlines.) The Bureau of Justice Assistance provides funds through this grant to help investigate and prosecute cold case murders that involved civil rights violations. Purchasing and using the M-Vac® system would help fulfill several of the grant's objectives.
  • FY22 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program. Grants.gov deadline is June 21, 2022, 7:59 pm Eastern; JustGrants deadline is June 23, 2022, 7:59 pm Eastern. One of the microgrants is for Hate Crimes and Domestic Extremism. "The COPS Office will provide funding to develop or enhance programs that aid in the prevention of and response to hate crimes and domestic extremism." The M-Vac could be a part of that program, particularly in the response to those crimes.
  • FY 2022 Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA. Grants.gov deadline is June 22, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is June 27, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. The goals of this program are to "increase the number of prosecutions of violent crime cold cases" and "decrease the number of awaiting/pending prosecution(s) of unresolved violent crime cold cases."
  • FY 2022 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence. Grants.gov deadline June 22, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is June 27, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. The intent of this program is to help with the costs of reviewing postconviction cases and doing DNA testing in cases where the results might actually showing innocence. Two of the objectives of the program state: "3. Locate biological evidence associated with such postconviction cases. 4. Perform DNA analysis of appropriate biological evidence and report and review DNA test results."
  • FY 2022 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Competitive. Grants.gov deadline is June 22, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is June 27, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. The Competitive grant is open to state and local government units. This is a grant that has been successfully used for M-Vac® purchases several times (see the link at the bottom of this Grants page to a successful grant awarded in 2020.) "This program seeks to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by states and units of local government."
  • FY 2022 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Formula. Grants.gov deadline is June 28, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is July 12, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. "This program provides states with tools needed to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including services provided by forensic science laboratories operated by states and units of local government." Several of the stated objectives would fit with buying and using an M-Vac®.
  • FY 2022 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula). Grants.gov deadline is July 7, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is July 12, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. This grant provides funding to state and local crime labs that conduct DNA analysis, with the purposes of increasing their capacity to process more DNA samples and reducing their backlogs. The results need to be uploaded to CODIS and NDIS. This grant has previously been successfully used to purchase M-Vac® systems.
  • FY 2022 Community-based Approaches to Prevent and Address Hate Crimes. Grants.gov deadline is July 12, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is July 18, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. The description of this program includes "improve responses to hate crimes" and one of the objectives states "Develop comprehensive approaches that expand and enhance strategies — including tools, policies, and procedures — to prevent and respond to hate crimes." The M-Vac is a tool and a procedure that is part of a legitimate response to hate crimes and as it becomes more prevalent in its use, a deterrent to such criminal activities.
  • FY 2022 Project Safe Neighborhoods. Grants.gov deadline is July 14, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. JustGrants deadline is July 19, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern. The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) grant is designed to do four things, including to promote prevention and intervention of crime and accountability for crime. They want PSN teams to help make communities safer and be "allies in reducing crime and improving the quality of life in affected neighborhoods."

Here are some key places to look often for new postings. Several of these have the option to subscribe to a periodic email update service that helps you stay apprised of new openings.

Here are some websites that help explain the various government agencies' processes:

  • DOJ Grants Financial Guide - This Guide gives a lot of definitions and tips for all parts of the DOJ's grant process. Don't miss the first Appendix, which is a guide to all the government's acronyms, so you can keep your DHS apart from your HHS or know your BJA from your JABG!
  • OJP Grant Application Resource Guide - This explains a lot of the rules and regulations for applying for OJP Grants and even goes through the process step by step.The OJP is the first of three subsets for grants under the DOJ.
  • OVW Grants - A page that explains the process for applying for OVW grants. The OVW is the second of three subsets for grants under the DOJ.
  • COPS Grants - A basic page that explains the process for applying for COPS (Office of Community Oriented Policing Services) grants. COPS is the third of three subsets for grants under the DOJ.
  • Grants.gov - This robust site leads to several helpful blogs (linked on the Home tab) with articles of interest to those applying for government grants as well as to the Grants Learning Center (Learn Grants tab) and several other helpful webpages (various other tabs.)
  • Just Grants (Justice Grants System) - This is a new website which combines the resources for all three grant making branches of the DOJ mentioned above.
Here is an example of a recent grant that was awarded specifically for implementing the M-Vac®. We have the draft of the application and permission to share it, so it is available upon request.
We would appreciate feedback on your successes in getting grant monies awarded for purchasing the M-Vac® System. Your tips could help others succeed as well.