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Essential Elements of a Pretrial System and Agency Toolkit

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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. Work under this cooperative agreement involves developing an Essential Elements of a Pretrial System and Agency Toolkit to improve the implementation of pretrial system and agency improvements that lead to meaningful, sustained, and measurable outcomes.


NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services. Foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental international organizations/institutions are not eligible to apply. Proof of 501(c) (3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service or an authorizing tribal resolution is required. NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program. Only one (1) application will be accepted from a submitting organization. NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations. For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 1, 2024 Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered. For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Ken Rose, National Programs Advisor, National Institute of Corrections, at Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation. For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, or via e-mail to Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Applicants who experience unforeseen technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/ within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section. number assigned to this announcement: 24CS20 

Release date: May 1, 2024



National Institute of Corrections

Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement Update

NIC Opportunity Number: NIC-24CS20

Award Title: Essential Elements of a Pretrial System and Agency Toolkit



Following are the responses to questions received as of DATE in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: How does this relate to the Pretrial Executive Directors Orientation Curriculum Revision and Pilot (24CS17) cooperative agreement solicitation?

Answer: The Essential Elements of a Pretrial System and Agency Toolkit solicitation is a distinct, but complementary project. Materials, resources, and tools developed from this project may be used for future updates to the Pretrial Executive Directors Orientation training curriculum.

Question 2: We understand that the budget that we submit is only for the first year, but should the project design section (included as part of the program narrative) describe only the first year, or should it include all three potential years?

Answer: Although the budget is for the first year, this project may be funded up to three years based on the availability of funds. The project design narrative should describe all three phases.

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