Violent Crime Intervention Fund

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Scroll down to "Click here to apply for funds."

We've extended the deadline for the Violent Crime Intervention Grant Applications from January
16 to January 30, 4:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. EST.

You must submit an Intent to Apply form before submitting your application. Therefore, the Intent to Apply form will also be open through January 30, if you plan to submit an application by January 30.  Click on this link: Intent to Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Informational Webinar Power Point Presentation - Most recent: November

                                                                                              WATCH the November webinar here.  

                                                                                            Also see: October Webinar Power Point              

Please click on the links below to access all of the documents you need. 

Download the free Adobe .pdf reader here.

  1. Download the Application Packet to find all of the information you need
  2. Complete the online Intent to Apply form
  3. View the Formula Funding Plan to see how much money your agency can apply for
  4.  Download the Formula Funding Scope  in Word or Adobe PDF to complete the Formula application. 
  5.  Download the Collaborative Enhancement Scope  in Word or Adobe PDF  to complete the Collaborative application. 
  6. Use the VCIF Abstract to help answer questions on both Scope documents
  7. Complete a Budget for each year of funding – see Budget Instructions for help

Still need help? Contact UT LEIC for assistance - or reach out to OCJP with any questions. Note: The OCJP mail box is checked often - send us a message during business hours Monday thru Friday and we'll reach out ASAP!

Gov. Bill Lee


"As Americans face rising crime nationwide, Tennessee is equipping law enforcement with the tools needed to keep every community safe. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented support. I invite all police departments and sheriff’s offices to engage this opportunity so the state can thoughtfully invest these dollars in proven methods that will curb violent crime an strengthen public safety. Every Tennessean deserves to feel safe in their community, and our local law enforcement agencies deserve access to the resources needed to deliver that quality of life."

      Gov. Bill Lee

Gov. Lee Launches $100 Million Violent Crime Intervention Fund for Local Law Enforcement

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee invites local law enforcement agencies to apply for public safety grants from a $100 million Violent Crime Intervention Fund. 

As a cornerstone of Gov. Lee’s Proven Crime Prevention agenda, the Violent Crime Intervention Fund was included in the state’s Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget to support local law enforcement’s work to reduce violent crime and strengthen public safety. Eligible uses of funding include evidence-based crime intervention models, hiring and training of specialized violent crime units, purchase and application of technology and equipment and law enforcement-led partnerships with community organizations to disrupt and prevent violent crime. 

Local law enforcement agencies can apply for grant funding through January 2023. Grants will be awarded in a hybrid model via a formula, with additional access to a pool of supplemental funds available to agencies that enter into collaborations or regional partnerships. 

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Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service to access training and technical assistance in crafting their VCIF grant applications.

ALSO: Check out the FAQs. View webinar presentations: November or October.

Or watch a video of the November presentation here: 

Violent Crime Intervention Fund Application
Gov. Bill Lee