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OCJS Grants Paul Coverdell

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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program awards grants to states and units of local government to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services and/or to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic science, including controlled substances, firearms examination, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology and trace evidence. OCJS holds a planning meeting each year with past applicants to determine the amount of funding each agency will receive. The amount each agency receives is based on a formula of the number of forensic scientists and medical examiners in each laboratory.


            • See OCJS Grants Calendar for application and submission timeline
            • Project Period: October - September
            • All projects must have an organization or subgrantee that will serve as the fiduciary agent and assume overall responsibility for the grant. Eligible subgrantees include:
                    • A unit of local government or council of governments. A unit of local government has the legislative autonomy, jurisdiction, and authority to act in certain circumstances. Units of local government include a city, county, township, or village. If two or more jointly apply, they must designate one body to take the lead role and identify that agency's fiscal officer.

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