BJA FY 18 Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program Training and Technical Assistance Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The purpose of this FY 2018 competitive grant announcement is to select one provider to deliver a wide range of training and technical assistance (TTA) services to communities participating in the Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program. CBCR was formerly known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program or BCJI. This program’s focus on high crime communities with concentrated distress and hot spots of crime directly supports the Department’s priorities to reduce violent crime, assist communities struggling with drug abuse (especially opiates), and support law enforcement officers by integrating officer participation and enforcement strategies into community-based crime reduction efforts.

CBCR sites will leverage the TTA solicited through this competitive grant announcement to plan and implement data-driven, cross-sector strategies to reduce crime and violence. CBCR TTA activities will be coordinated with other federal interagency work and TTA activities. The results of the CBCR site efforts will be shared widely to assist other communities with improving and enhancing their crime reduction efforts. 

The CBCR program is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime. The PSN Suite comprises PSN, Strategies for Policing Innovation, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Crime Gun Intelligence Centers, National Public Safety Partnerships, Technology Innovation for Public Safety, Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction, and Community Based Violence Prevention Demonstration, and these initiatives will coordinate proactively with the PSN team in the respective district of the United States Attorney Office (USAO) to enhance collaboration and strengthen the commitment to reducing violent crime. Applicants must demonstrate this coordination with their USAO district PSN team in their submission. 

This solicitation seeks a TTA provider with extensive TTA expertise, experience, and knowledge of the above listed goal and objectives. Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with other organizations to submit joint applications for the required services and deliverables.

TTA for the CBCR Program can include training, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, and guidance that address the management, organization, and project implementation needs of CBCR grantees. It can also include mentoring by other experts in program implementation and management. At a minimum, the TTA provider will ensure that its efforts are framed around supporting the development of each site’s planning process, implementation plan, execution of a set of strategies to reduce crime and spur revitalization within a neighborhood, and capacity to achieve results. The TTA provider will also collaborate with other organizations and federal agencies, as BJA deems necessary. 

Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Mar. 28, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: Apr. 30, 2018

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at to find out if it is still open.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are limited to any national nonprofit organization or for-profit (commercial) organization (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), or institution of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), that has expertise and experience in managing training and technical assistance (TTA) for multifaceted, place-based, communityoriented, problem-solving justice programs that improve outcomes in distressed communities. 



Amount Description

BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $1,750,000 for a 36-month period of performance, beginning October 1, 2018.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

March 28, 2018

External Deadline

April 30, 2018