Funding Opportunity: Applications now open for 2018 Coverdell

Application deadline: February 16, 2018*
*See information below regarding deadline for intent to apply


Applicants for these funds must be a forensic laboratory, medical examiner's office, or coroner's office that is fully accredited or seeking accreditation.

Award Period

Awards for funded projects will be for 12 months: January 1, 2019- December 31, 2019. A delay in the start date may occur if the award to the state by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is delayed.

Amount Available

Jurisdictional applicants may request an amount not to exceed the percentage of FBI Part I crime attributed to their jurisdiction (if more than one entity applies from the same jurisdiction, their awards collectively would still remain the percentage of funding  the jurisdiction would be eligible to receive based on Part I crime).  Part I violent crimes are defined as: "murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for purposes of the Uniform Crime Reports."  Non-jurisdictional applicants will be assessed based on the availability of funds. The amount of Coverdell funds to the State is variable from year to year.  Jurisdictional applicants should use $250,000 as the basis for their calculation. For example, a jurisdiction who's Part I crime represents 5% of the entire state's Part I crime would be eligible to apply for 5% of $250,000 which is $12,500. Part I crime statistics can be found at  Municipal applicants should use data table 8 and county or regional applicants should use data table 10. The actual amount the state receives for FY 2018 may differ and applicants will be notified of any difference (increase or decrease) to their request based on the actual amount of funds the state receives.

If the solicitation from the NIJ requires submission of the federal application earlier than expected, it will be necessary to contact potential applicants to move up this application deadline.  

Application Process

Because it may be necessary to contact potential applicants and ask for application submittal earlier than the due date, it is REQUIRED that you e-mail the information below to Meg Williams at the Division of Criminal Justice, no later than January 19, 2018 to indicate that you will be applying for funds.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT THIS INTENT TO APPLY INFORMATION MAY DISQUALIFY YOU FROM APPLYING.

  • Organization/Agency
  • Contact Person
  • Phone #
  • E-mail Address of Contact Person
  • Mailing Address
  • City and Zip Code:

Once you have sent in your intent to apply, please log into Zoomgrants ( to begin your application under the 2017-2019 OAJJA Combined Grant Programs. A PDF version of the full application instructions can be downloaded here.

Applications are due to DCJ (submitted through Zoomgrants) no later than Friday, February 16, 2018