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FY 2019 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs
for Mental Health Programs for Law Enforcement

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

Deadline Date:

05/28/19 7:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and territories agencies, nonprofits, for-profits, community and faith-based organizations, and IHEs for programs to improve law enforcement access to mental health services. Funding is intended for training, demonstration projects, and technical assistance related to peer mentoring programs.

LEMHWA funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topic requirements.

The 2019 LEMHWA program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement, and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer mentoring programs.

The 2019 LEMHWA program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:
- LEMHWA Peer Mentoring Training and Support
- LEMHWA Recommendation Implementation
- LEMHWA Peer Support Implementation Projects

Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement, and significantly advance peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs within law enforcement agencies across the country. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded LEMHWA funding.

LEMHWA Topic Areas:

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GrantWatch ID#: 185686

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Number of Grants:

One grant each for Topics 1 and 2 and up to 10 grants for Topic 3.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Topic 1. LEMHWA Peer Mentoring Training and Support: up to $350,000
Topic 2. LEMHWA Recommendation Implementation: up to $250,000
Topic 3. LEMHWA Peer Support Implementation Projects: up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application that shows partnerships with key organizations including institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations in order to build strong working relationships. 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.

Except where otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.

For a full list of typically unallowable expenses, please see Section 14 of the Application Guide:

Pre-Application Information:

Complete application packages for the FY 2019 LEMHWA solicitation are due by May 28, 2019, at 7:59 PM EDT.

It is anticipated that LEMHWA awards will be announced on or after September 1, 2019.

Completing an application under the LEMHWA program is a two-step process:
1. Applicants are first required to register via and complete the SF-424 form under the “COPS-COMMUNITY-POLICING-DEVELOPMENT-2019” funding opportunity.
2. Once the SF-424 has been submitted via, the COPS Office will send an invitation email to the applicant with instructions on how to complete the second part of the LEMHWA program application through the COPS Office Online Application System

It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the SF-424 as quickly as possible. Any delays in registering with or submitting the SF-424 may result in insufficient time for processing your application.

Please note: To apply for funding, applicants must have a DUNS number (DUNS numbers are required of all agencies requesting federal funding) and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional assistance, please contact the COPS Office Response Center at or 800-421-6770.

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
145 N Street NE
Washington, DC 20530

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