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2021 COPS Office Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies to
Increase Capacity to Address Illicit Drug Distribution

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

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06/03/21 7:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/10/21 7:59 PM - JustGrants deadline


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Grants to USA state law enforcement agencies to increase capacity to address the distribution and abuse of illicit substances. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible law enforcement agencies are located in states with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or other opioids.

The AHTF program advances public safety by making competitive grants to State law enforcement agencies in States with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions, for the purpose of locating or investigating illicit activities, through Statewide collaboration, relating to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil, or relating to the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. The goal of the AHTF program is to increase the capacity of law enforcement agencies at the state level to address heroin and opioid abuse through improving investigations and establishing and enhancing multijurisdictional task forces. By providing funding for additional law enforcement, civilian, and task force personnel, training, and equipment, the program seeks to increase the number of hours devoted to statewide task forces, increase the number and variety of agencies participating in task forces, and enhance the analytical capability of task forces.

Anticipated outcomes of AHTF awards include: increased collaboration with federal agencies; increased analytical reporting; increased information sharing among participating agencies; increased number and efficiency of investigations; increased percentage of investigations resulting in arrests, referrals, prosecutions, and ultimately convictions; increased knowledge and use of community policing principles; increased number of drug-endangered children identified; and increased number of and size of drug seizures.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155699

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Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $4,000,000

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Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are state law enforcement agencies with primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids.

AHTF will be open to applications from state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and an interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. The agencies must have primary law enforcement authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, 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 allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit

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Pre-Application Information:

Solicitation Release Date: April 23, 2021 12:00 AM Deadline: June 3, 2021 7:59 PM ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: June 10, 2021 7:59 PM ET

All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by September 30, 2021.

Completing an application under this program is a two-step process. Applicants must first register via and complete an SF-424, the government-wide standard application form for federal assistance and the SF-LLL Lobbying Certification Form. The remainder of the application will be completed through the JustGrants System

To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants should obtain a DUNS number and registered online with the SAM and with well in advance of the JustGrants deadline below.

The Response Center’s hours of operation are Monday–Friday (except U.S. Federal Government holidays; see from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The Response Center will remain open on the solicitation closing date until 7:59 p.m. EDT.

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

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. eastern time (ET) Monday to Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For programmatic and general assistance with the solicitation requirements, contact the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or by email at

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