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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or IHE to Assist Police Jurisdictions in Policy Reform Related to Fees and Fines

The Price of Justice: Rethinking the Consequences of Fines and Fees


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.827
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171758
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Important Dates
Deadline: 07/06/23 8:59 PM Eastern - deadline; 07/13/23 8:59 PM Eastern - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit or tribal organization, for-profit organization, or IHE to assist local police jurisdictions in improving policies related to fees and fines. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority is given to projects that advance racial equity and support underserved communities.

This solicitation seeks a TTA provider to work with five jurisdictions to identify the purpose and intent of their fines and fees policies and practices and the resulting impact of their policies and practices, including any racial disparities or other constitutional concerns. To that end, the TTA provider will help five jurisdictions analyze their usage of fines and fees; assess their reliance on fines and fees for operations, including supporting victim assistance and compensation; and create and implement a plan to align a jurisdiction’s fines and fees scheme with constitutional principles and civil rights statutes. Through this process, the TTA provider will assist the jurisdictions in defining what are equitable fines and fees practices and developing alternatives for people who are unable to pay, as well as to analyze to which fines and fees are poverty-based sanctions.

The selected TTA provider may additionally be tasked to work with jurisdictions who are identified by DOJ enforcement offices as out of compliance with civil rights statutes, other statutes, and not adhering to constitutional principles, at BJA’s discretion. 

Goals - The goals of this initiative are as follows:

  1. Reduce the disproportionate impact of fines and fees on communities most impacted by poverty and inequality;
  2. Understand the costs/benefits of fines and fees to fund operations;
  3. Assist jurisdictions in reducing reliance on fines and fees to fund operations;
  4. Assist jurisdictions in reducing jailing and other sanctions (e.g., debt-based license restrictions) for failure to pay; and/or
  5. Ultimately redirect the resources used to effectuate assessment and collection of fines and fees into activities shown to have a greater return on public safety. 

Objectives - An applicant should address all the objectives listed below in the Goals, Objectives, Deliverables and Timeline web-based form. The objectives of this initiative are to assist jurisdictions with the following:

  1. Understanding the impact of their fines and fees schemes via objective fiscal analysis
  2. Quantifying the costs of operating a fines and fees scheme
  3. Identifying policy and practice changes to ensure adherence to constitutional principles and civil rights statutes, and
  4. Implementing identified changes. 

For information about deliverables, see:

Priority Areas - Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government: The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. For additional information, see


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Notice regarding law enforcement agencies: State, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be eligible for FY 2023 DOJ discretionary grant funding. To become certified, the law enforcement agency must meet two mandatory conditions: (1) the agency’s use-of-force policies adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and (2) the agency’s use-of-force policies prohibit chokeholds except in situations where use of deadly force is allowed by law. The certification requirement also applies to law enforcement agencies receiving DOJ discretionary grant funding through a subaward. For detailed information on this certification requirement, please visit to access the Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Implementation Fact Sheet, and the List of Designated Independent Credentialing Bodies.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Pre-Application Information Deadline July 6, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline July 13, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern

Submission Information

Registration: Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You must renew and validate your registration every 12 months. If you do not renew your SAM registration, it will expire. An expired registration can delay or prevent application submission in and JustGrants. Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Submission: Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.

OJP urges applicants to submit their and JustGrants submissions prior to the due dates with sufficient time to correct any errors and resubmit by the submission deadlines if a rejection notification is received.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $2,500,000

Term of Contract
- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Contact Information
The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at:

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at
800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

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