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FY2020 Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes,
IHEs, and Businesses for Safety Training Programs

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

Deadline Date:

04/14/20 7:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and territories government agencies, Indian tribes, IHEs, community groups, and for-profit, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations for programs to improve the safety of the general public and law enforcement officers. Funding is intended to support training that prepares officers and other first responders to safely and effectively handle active-shooter and other violent threats. The 2020 PASS program will fund an applicant to train at least 20,000 first responders through scenario-based, multidisciplinary training classes.

With this funding, the COPS Office supports projects that allow for the identification and expansion of promising practices and produces knowledge products that follow the principles of good guidance:

  • Quality-driven, with an emphasis on action statements to drive promising practices and reduce variations in performance
  • Evidence-based, with recommendations that are consistent with the weight of the best available evidence identified through systematic review
  • Accessible, with clear language and manageable lengths that are appropriate and relevant for the law enforcement field
  • Memorable, to encourage immediate actions or aid for the complex situations law enforcement professionals face.

Training should be available to any jurisdiction in the U.S. and delivered in the desired location of the requesting law enforcement agency. The target audience for the delivered training is a multidisciplinary team of first responders, which includes law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), dispatchers, medical personnel, facility security, emergency management, and any other professionals who may reasonably by key to a successful integrated response to an active shooter event. The training provider should be able to assist the requesting law enforcement agency in determining which responders make the most sense to be included in a multidisciplinary class. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 188072

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Term of Contract:

Each award is two years (24 months) in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 2020 PASS program is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

The COPS Office welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any other entities carrying out the federal award must be identified as proposed subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the awards, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. The terms and conditions of the federal award are also applicable to subrecipients.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by April 14, 2020, at 7:59 PM EDT, through

Applicants must first register with and complete an SF-424 under the “COPS-PREPARING-FOR-ACTIVE-SHOOTER-SITUATIONS-2020” funding opportunity.

Applicants must also log into the COPS Office Agency Portal to ensure the agency’s current Law Enforcement (LE)/Agency Executive and Government Executive (GE)/Financial are listed as Users and their appropriate Roles are selected.

To apply for any federal funding, applicants must have a DUNS number and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status. Estimated timeframe: Up to 10 business days to complete (if you do not have an EIN, the process can take up to 5 weeks).

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