Communities and Place Funding Opportunities

Compiled thanks to Casey Taggart Harris.

Research on Reducing Violence in Communities

Deadline: May 21, 2018.

The purpose of this solicitation is to support research to produce sustainable community-level reductions in violence. NIJ seeks to develop scientific evidence and build practical knowledge of the factors that contribute to achieving enduring violence reductions in communities. NIJ is interested in receiving proposals for research, with both empirical and theory-building elements, that will lead to practical recommendations. These recommendations should inform community- focused efforts to produce substantial and lasting violence reductions in communities that have suffered from persistently high levels of violence. This solicitation supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s priority to prevent and reduce crime.


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

Deadline: April 30, 2018

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.


Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR)

Deadline: April 30, 2018

BJA seeks applications for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. This program furthers the Departments mission by leading efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant and violent crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood development goals.Eligible applicants are limited to states, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), units of local government, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) as fiscal agent. The goal of BCJI is to reduce crime, increase trust, and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including neighborhood residents, BCJI grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish this goal.



BJA FY 18 Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities

Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Smart Supervision Program seeks to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars. Funds will be awarded in two categories. In Category 1, state and local agencies will be selected to improve supervision using evidence-based supervision strategies or to innovate new strategies to improve outcomes for supervisees. For example, agencies may test supervision strategies with offenders at high risk of committing or being victimized by violence and may shift supervision strategies from time focused to goal focused and from mass supervision to focus on individualized supervision. In Category 2, a TTA provider will work with three sites to develop a model for law enforcement and prosecutors to work with probation departments with regard to high risk, violent offenders. The TTA provider will select three sites in concert with BJA and pass through funds to support their work.


BJA FY 18 Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Addressing Precipitous Increases in Crime
Deadline: May 1, 2018

The focus of this program is to identify, implement, and evaluate new and innovative technology and applicant projects that specifically address precipitous increases in crime(s) on a state, local, county, or regional basis. This is not an equipment purchasing program, but is designed to use a combination of new methodologies to address specific crime(s) identified by the applicant. To be eligible for this program the applicant must identify the crime(s) where there was a precipitous increase over a 2 year period and clearly articulate how the proposed project will hopefully reduce the identified crime(s). Applicants are urged to take a multijurisdictional approach that is designed to share information and services to reduce crime in ways that result in significant cost and time savings, and enhances criminal justice policies and practices that promote public safety.


NIJ FY18 Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices

Deadline: May 14, 2018

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposal for research and/or evaluation projects to examine the impact of police crime-reduction practices and strategies on four variables. Those are: (1) crime, (2) officer safety, (3) criminal investigations, and (4) criminal prosecutions. NIJ will accept proposals for research examining person- or place-based practices and strategies. NIJ is particularly interested in examining the practice of proactive policing and its related strategies, especially focused deterrence. NIJ will not accept proposals for projects that do not include crime as a variable, nor will NIJ accept proposals that only address crime without consideration of at least one other of the three remaining variables. NIJ is particularly interested in proposals for research that address all four variables. Additionally, applicants should consider the role of intervening variables such as department and neighborhood characteristics. Practices and strategies can impact police officers and their leadership in unanticipated ways, such as affecting morale, stress and fear, and the actual praxis of the officers in the street. Neighborhood characteristics (e.g., social capital, collective efficacy, and perceptions of procedural justice), also, may be intervening variables. Researchers may consider if these relationships are intervening variables between the effects of the practices and strategies on crime, officer safety, criminal investigations and criminal prosecutions.


BJA FY 18 Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combatting Violent Crime and Illegal Opioids

Deadline: April 24, 2018

The Innovative Prosecution Program seeks to encourage exploration of new solutions to public safety concerns, as well as internal operations and organizational structure, while employing research partners at the problem definition stage through assessment of strategies and solutions. Some creative solutions developed by prosecutors around the country include changing how their organizations prioritize cases, identifying the most violent repeat offenders, using data to develop zone/geographic prosecution, using crime analysis tools through strategies like gun stat to track reduce gun violence, developing policies to prosecute witness intimidation cases, working jointly with Parole and Probation on violations of probation, enhancing the prosecutors role in investigations of homicide cases and cyber-crime strategies to improve public safety.


Children, Youth and Families at Risk Sustainable Communities Projects RFA

Deadline: April 9, 2018

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA announces the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.


NIJ FY18 Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

Deadline: April 25, 2018

NIJ’s drugs and crime portfolio supports research on law enforcement efforts to deter, investigate, prosecute, and address illegal drug trafficking, markets, and use. This FY2018 solicitation seeks investigator-initiated proposals to conduct applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, local and tribal jurisdictions. The two drug priorities are: 1) opioid-related criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance; and 2) illegal marijuana markets and drug-related violent crime. Opioid research proposals should address narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigations; and opioids include heroin, fentanyl, diverted pharmaceuticals, synthetic drugs, and analogues.


Building Local Governments Capacity to prevent and provide services to Gender Based Violence (GBV) victims

Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement

Deadline: April 3, 2018

The U.S. government believes in encouraging the development and implementation of innovative programs to permit local governments in the prevention of Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence the community. INL Costa Rica emboldens local governments and local law enforcement agencies in reorienting the emphasis of their activities from reacting to Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence to preventing and providing quality services to Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence victims. To support INL and U.S. Government gender initiatives in Costa Rica, INL has allocated up to $250,000 USD for the a project to build capacity of Local Governments to prevent and provide services to Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence victims, which can be awarded for up to 24 months.

The 2018 Committees

Thanks to the large number of people who volunteered for DCP committees.  Below please find the current committee members.

Name Affiliation Email
Publication Committee—Rebecca Wicks (Chair)
Jeffrey Walker University of Alabama, Birmingham
Kelly Frailing Loyola University
Casey Harris University of Arkansas
Alexis Harper Texas A&M
Eileen Ahlin Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Nominations Committee—Emily Wright (Chair)
Graham Ousey William & Mary
Jacob Becker Oakland University
Tarah Hodgkinson Simon Fraser
Communications Committee—Martin Andresen (Chair)
Katie Wuschke Portland State University
Roderick Jones Western Kentucky University
Andrew Wheeler UT Dallas
Julie Hibdon Southern Illinois University
Awards Committee—Paul Bellair (Chair)
Tom McNulty Georgia State
Joao Antunes Towson University
Jeff Roth Pennsylvania State University
Ben Feldmeyer University of Cincinnati
Corina Graif Pennsylvania State University
Program Committee—Kevin Drakulich (Chair)
Lyndsay Boggess University of South Florida
Josh Hinkle Georgia State University

Announcing the Inaugural Board

Announcing the Inaugural Board for the ASC Division of Communities and Place


We are very excited about the new Division of Communities and Place within the ASC. This November in Philadelphia we will have our inaugural meeting (Thursday, Nov 16 at 2pm), followed by a Division social at the Field House (Thursday, Nov 16 at 4:30pm). Please join us to learn about the Division’s mission and goals for the future.

The inaugural Board is now officially in place. The members of the Board have been working hard over the past year to get the Division up and running, and we are certain they will continue to successfully lead the Division. Elections for the Chair and three Executive Counselor positions will be held in 2018. If you would like to get involved in the Division, email the chair of the Committee (see below) or volunteer for one of the Committees at the General Meeting. We look forward to your involvement.


Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University


Elizabeth Groff, Temple University


Alyssa Chamberlain, Arizona  State University

Executive Counselors:

Martin Andresen, Simon Fraser University, Chair of Communications Committee

Paul Bellair, Ohio State University, Chair of Awards Committee

Kevin Drakulich, Northeastern University, Chair of Program Committee

Rebecca Wickes, Monash  University, Chair of the Publications Committee

Emily Wright, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Chair of Nominations Committee