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Cooperative Agreements to USA State and Tribal Governments and Courts to Improve the Criminal History Records System

National Criminal History Improvement Program Supplemental Funding (NCHIP-SF)

GrantWatch ID# 206814
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
CFDA Number: 16.554
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJS-2023-171464
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/21/23 8:59 pm Eastern - deadline; 02/28/23 8:59 PM Eastern - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories state and tribal governments and state courts for projects to improve the state criminal history records system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to increase the number of records available in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks applications for funding for the fiscal years (FYs) 2022 and 2023 National Criminal History Improvement Program Supplemental Funding (NCHIP-SF). This program furthers the DOJ’s mission to reduce violent crime and address gun violence by improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal-history and related records in support of national record systems and their use for name- and fingerprint-based criminal history record background checks.


This funding will assist state record repositories, state courts, and tribes with finding ways to make a greater share of eligible records available to NICS, including records in NCIC, criminal history record information available through the Interstate Identification Index (III), and records in the NICS Indices. Therefore, through the funded activities, BJS expects that more records (including improved quality, completeness, and timeliness) will become available in these systems.


  • Ensure records of arrests are fingerprint-supported, linked to case outcomes, and accessible through the state record repository and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) record systems.
  • Ensure that accurate records are available for use by law enforcement, prosecutors, courts; and to protect public safety and national security.
  • Automate and electronically transmit records, including relevant juvenile records permitted under state or tribal law, to state and national systems. 
  • Permit states to identify—
    • Ineligible firearm purchasers
    • Persons ineligible to hold positions involving children, the elderly, or the disabled
    • Persons subject to protection orders or wanted, arrested, or convicted of stalking and/or domestic violence
    • Persons ineligible to be employed or hold licenses for specified positions
    • Persons potentially presenting threats to public safety.
  • Automate processes for sealing and expunging criminal history information.


  1. Improving Access and Reporting of Adult and Juvenile Dispositions and Mental Health Submissions to NICS 
  2. Supporting participation in the III and the National Fingerprint File (NFF), including adoption and implementation of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact

For additional details about program deliverables, see:


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), State governments, Other

-State courts: The state central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction’s court system

Pre-Application Information
- Step 1: Application Deadline: February 21, 2023 8:59 PM ET
- Step 2: Application JustGrants Deadline: February 28, 2023 8:59 PM ET

Submission Information

Registration: Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You must renew and validate your registration every 12 months. If you do not renew your SAM registration, it will expire. An expired registration can delay or prevent application submission in and JustGrants. Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Submission: Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.

Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in at Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.

Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at by the JustGrants application deadline

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
BJS is unable to estimate the number of awards it will make or the maximum amount it will award per jurisdiction. The number and amount of awards depend on the extent to which the proposed projects address the program priority areas, demonstrated level of need, number of fundable applications, and amount of available funding.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 5/1/23

Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24

Projects may start as early as May 1, 2023, to as late as October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Deputy Director, Policy Division, at 202-307-0765, or, include “NCHIPSF23” in the subject line.

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