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Solicitation Overview: FY 2023 Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program

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Date Published
March 2023
2 pages

This document serves as a fact sheet on a grant to support wrongful conviction reviews for individuals with post-conviction claims of innocence; it provides an overview of who may apply and why, maximum award funds, where to find more information, tips for successful grant applications, and how and when to apply.


This solicitation overview provides grant information and resources for entities that may be interested in funding assistance from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in support of wrongful conviction reviews for individuals with post-conviction claims of innocence or Conviction Integrity Units. The document lists eligible applicants as being state, county, city, or township governments; Native American tribal organizations and federally recognized governments; private, public, and state-controlled institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations, regardless of 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; and state, county, or local public defender officers that have in-house post-conviction representation programs. It provides details on the maximum amount of funding per award and lists examples of strategies or activities that can be funded, as well as where to get more information about the grant opportunity. The document also lists five tips for submitting a successful grant application, with details about how and when to apply; it notes that the System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal may take up to 10 business days.