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Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individuals with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Safety, Law, and Health Agencies to Mitigate
Injury and Death Among Missing Persons with Disabilities and Dementia

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, health, public safety, local, state, and Tribal law enforcement agencies for programs that reduce deaths and injuries of missing persons with developmental disabilities and dementia. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Objectives and Deliverables:

The objective of the program is to reduce the number deaths and injuries of individuals with forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, or developmental disabilities, such as autism, who due to their condition wander from safe environments, by improving local jurisdictions’ capacity to prevent and respond effectively to such instances. Achievement of this objective will be the responsibility of grantees who, per the solicitation, are state, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal government law enforcement or public safety agencies, and partnering nonprofit organizations.


Category 1: Tracking Technology (Competition ID: BJA-2019-16771) Grantees are expected to purchase, develop or implement locally-based tracking technology for individuals with forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, or developmental disabilities, such as autism, who due to their condition wander from safe environments.

Category 2: Proactive Programs (Competition ID: BJA-2019-16772) Grantees are expected to design, establish, or operate holistic, locally-based proactive programs intended to locate or prevent wandering of individuals with forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, or developmental disabilities, such as autism, who due to their condition wander from safe environments.

Applicants under both categories may be asked to provide detailed information on technology companies and other organizations (public and nonprofit) they partner with to implement programs. 

For details about program expectations please see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186761

Number of Grants:

BJA expects that it will make 12 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are up to $150,000 each.

Term of Contract:

BJA expects to make the award for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on December 1, 2019. BJA may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2019 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for Category 1 are: health care agencies, state, local, and Tribal1 law enforcement or public safety agencies.

Eligible applicants for Category 2 are health care agencies, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement or public safety agencies, and nonprofit organizations (with preference given to non-profits that work with such entities in planning, designing, establishing, or operating locally-based, proactive programs to locate and prevent wandering of missing individuals with forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, or developmental disabilities, such as autism, who, due to their condition, wander from safe environments).

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees") . The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Eligible tribal entities are defined at 34 U.S.C. 10251(a)(3)(C).
For this program, nonprofit organizations means an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of Title 26
and is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of such title.

Generally, no applicant should incur project costs before submitting an application requesting federal funding for those costs.

With respect to any award of more than $250,000 made under this solicitation, a recipient may not use federal funds to pay total cash compensation (salary plus cash bonuses) to any employee of the recipient at a rate that exceeds 110 percent of the maximum annual salary payable to a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) at an agency with a Certified SES Performance Appraisal System for that year.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on October 15, 2019.

Award notifications will be made by December 1, 2019. OJP sends award notifications by email through GMS to the individuals listed in the application as the point of contact and the authorizing official (E-Biz POC and AOR).

How To Apply
Applicants must register in and submit applications through, a primary source to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application at

Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS Number) and System for Award Management (SAM):
Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements. SAM is the repository for certain standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by the commercial company Dun and Bradstreet. More detailed information about SAM and the DUNS number is in the Guidelines in Supporting Documents sections below.

If an applicant entity has not fully complied with the applicable SAM and unique identifier requirements by the time OJP makes award decisions, OJP may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award and may use that determination as a basis for making the award to a different applicant.

Go to for further details on DUNS numbers, SAM, and registration steps and timeframes.

Some OJP solicitations posted to contain multiple purpose areas, denoted by the individual Competition ID. If applying to a solicitation with multiple Competition IDs, select the appropriate Competition ID for the intended purpose area of the application.
- Category 1: Tracking Technology– BJA-2019-16771
- Category 2: Proactive Programs – BJA-2019-16772

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

Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For assistance with any unforeseen technical issues beyond an applicant’s control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline, or any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 800–851–3420; via TTY at 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only); email; fax to 301–240–5830; or web chat at

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