Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Prosecution Program

Federal Funding Agency:

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Applicant Eligibility:

State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors’ offices. Tribal law enforcement must be from federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Due Date:

Grants.gov Deadline May 20, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline May 25, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern

Funding Amount:

Up to $500,000

Agency Solicitation:

The Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Prosecution Program provides support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of cold case murders associated with civil rights violations, specifically where race or other protected rights were implicated. Funds are limited to address civil rights violations resulting in death that occurred no later than December 31, 1979.


Additional Notes:

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Attorney General determined that all 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 2022 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 https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO to access the Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Implementation Fact Sheet, and the List of Designated Independent Credentialing Bodies.