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New 2005 COPS Grants

New 2005 COPS Grants

Three new COPS grants are available to targeted lists of law enforcement agencies. Only communities specifically identified in the solicitations are eligible to apply in 2005. Applications for the grant programs are available at www.grants.gov or from the COPS Office Response Center, 1.800.421.6770.

Interoperable Communications Technology Program: Almost $100 million is available to law enforcement to improve interoperability between law enforcement agencies and other first responders. Deadline for applying is July 15, 2005. The Interop Invitee Letter provides general guidelines about the program and the 2005 Interop Invitees list names the eligible agencies.

Secure Our Schools (SOS) Grant Program: Almost $15 million is available to law enforcement agencies to purchase school safety equipment and technology. Deadline for applying is June 15, 2005. The SOS Invitee Letter provides general guidelines about the program and the 2005 SOS Invitees list names the eligible agencies.

Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP): Up to $20 million is available to address the needs of tribal law enforcement by providing a variety of funding options. They include salary and benefits for new sworn law officer positions, law enforcement training, uniforms, basic-issue equipment, department-wide technology, and vehicles for new and existing officers.

There are two ways to apply for TRGP 2005: Agencies can submit a paper copy of the application, which can be obtained from the COPS Office Response Center, 1.800.421.6770 or, beginning on May 13, 2005, agencies can apply online at www.grants.gov. To be considered for funding, applications must be completed online or postmarked no later than May 31,2005.