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Grants to USA Local and Tribal Agencies to Reduce Violent Crime in Rural Areas

Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) for Law Enforcement Grant

GrantWatch ID# 196246
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), National Policing Institute
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Geographic Focus

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/22 11:59 PM EST - deadline; JustGrants deadline is 07/23/21 11:59 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to USA local and tribal government agencies to reduce violent crime in rural regions. Funding is intended to support programs that are either jurisdiction wide, affect a specific area or areas within the jurisdiction (i.e., place based), or are related to particular subpopulations (e.g., vulnerable victims or high-risk groups for offending).

The National Policing Institute (the Institute) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, are seeking applications for a federal grant program that supports the development and implementation of problem-solving strategies that specifically address violent crime occurring in and affecting rural populations. 

Agencies are encouraged to see this funding opportunity as a means to support a cross-sector team engaged in problem-solving methodologies (e.g., the SARA model1 – Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment) to address local crime challenges. The ability of applicants to articulate the nature of the crime problem to be addressed will be critical to a successful application. Funding proposals and requests may include, but are not limited to:

  • Improve training and deploy technology;
  • Improve communication and collaboration between state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve; and
  • Expand community-based crime prevention programs and partnerships with victim services providers. 

Funds may be used for various purposes to support the implementation of a site's violence reduction plans. Examples of allowable costs for equipment, personnel, and services include, but are not limited, to:

  • Programs that support victims' services and community engagement
  • Salary or overtime expenditures for personnel integral to violent crime reduction operations
  • Crime analysis software or personnel
  • Consultation services related to program design, implementation, and assessment Development or acquisition of offender-based risk assessment tools to better target investigation, intervention, or enforcement
  • Development or acquisition of software, assessment tools, or services to better serve, protect, and communicate with victims and populations vulnerable to victimization
  • Strategies to more effectively serve and address populations in remote areas, including ways to enhance orders of protection and improve access to services and shelter for remote populations
  • Strategies and services to mitigate the risk for violent behavior in individuals dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders, including crisis intervention programs and services
  • Forensic evidence tools and services for identifying suspects or enhancing evidence, testimony, and outreach to victims
  • Strategies, personnel, services, and tools to improve intragovernmental collaboration in effectively addressing rural violence problems

The objectives of the RVCRI are to:

  • Deploy agency resources such as personnel, services, or analytical tools that are identified in proposals.
  • Document how personnel and resources (e.g., services, software, or equipment) will be used in furtherance of an area’s crime reduction strategies; and
  • Track project outcomes to determine if the violent crime reduction strategy (or strategies) have had an impact once implemented.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The following agencies are invited to apply for this grant program:
• Publicly funded rural law enforcement agencies;
• Local or county law enforcement agencies serving rural populations;
• Federally recognized tribal law enforcement agencies; and
• Rural county prosecutor's offices.

To qualify as rural for this solicitation, an applicant must provide services in a rural area, but the jurisdiction's service area need not be exclusively rural. While the agency does not solely need to serve a rural area, the violent crime problem addressed must have a rural focus that allows for trackable impact. This definition holds for sheriff's and prosecutors' offices. For any municipality (e.g., town, village, or borough), the area must be considered rural, and the population must not exceed 15,000.

Unallowable costs include:
• Pre-award costs and expenditures
• Land acquisition
• Construction projects
• Firearms /ammunition
• Armored vehicles
• Other tactical equipment used strictly for enforcement purposes

Pre-Application Information
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022

The RVCRI Team accepts applications in a rolling cohort format, so the RVCRI Application is always open! However, applications will be reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis in:
- March
- June
- September
- December

Estimated Size of Grant
Individual grant awards are expected to be between $25,000 and $150,000.

Term of Contract
The grant term will cover a maximum 24-month period.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you believe that your agency or the problem your agency is trying to address qualifies as rural, but the HRSA tool does not indicate that you are rural, please contact

Direct questions to the email address listed above.

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