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National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

The National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) ensures accurate records are available for use in law enforcement, including sex offender registry requirements and to protect public safety and national security.

Funding is directly provided to Ohio to improve the quality, timeliness and immediate accessibility of criminal history and related records. In addition, technical assistance is provided to the states through an ongoing program incorporating surveys, evaluations and national forums.

The assistance promotes participation in:

  • The FBI-administered National Instance Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • National Protection Order File
  • National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR)
  • The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)


  • OCJS contacts eligible applicants for application deadlines and materials
  • Project Period: January - December
  • 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.