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The Grants Division

The Grants Division researches, writes and administers state, federal and foundation grants.  Since 2005, the agency has obtained nearly $45 million in grant funds.  The Wayne County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) has been awarded grants by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office the Michigan State Police, and the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  

Some of the grants that the Sheriff's Office has been awarded are:
  • Secondary Roads grants, available to all State of Michigan Counties, funded by the Michigan State Police.  Awarded annually for the patrolling of Secondary Roads within the County.
  • Marine Safety grants, also awarded annually, by the State of Michigan DNR.  These funds may be used for personnel, equipment, supplies and operations of the Wayne County Marine Unit.
  • The State of Michigan DNR awards an Off Road Vehicle Safety (ORV) grant annually.  This grant is reimbursable for $15 per person taught by a certified ORV instructor, up to $60,000 each year.
  • The Sheriff's Office was awarded funding by the United States Department of Homeland Security, through the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority.  This grant allowed for the purchase of Marine vessels, dive equipment and equipment for the Special Response Team (SRT).
  • The DOJ, COPS office has awarded the WCSO two technology grants.  These grant funds were utilized to purchase a mobile training station, and enterprise analysis and information delivery system, mobile data terminals, global positioning systems (GPS), and a records imaging/document management system.
The Sheriff's Office also acts as the administrator of the annual Justice Assistance (JAG) Grants.  The DOJ requires that the JAG grant by applied for by one entity that will administer the award for all of the Wayne County communities deemed eligible by the DOJ.  Eligibility is determined each year by FBI- Part 1 (violent crime) statistics and amount of available funding as determined by the budget adopted by the Federal Government.  These grants have been distributed among two dozen Wayne County municipal law enforcement agencies since 1995.  The DOJ made additional funding available though JAG from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009.  This was a one-time only grant to which the annual JAG rules and requirements apply.
The Sheriff's Office actively seeks out Federal, State, other departments within Wayne County, Local municipalities, University and non-profit agencies to partner with in developing and applying for grant programs.  The WCSO welcomes the opportunity to share ideas, resources and available funding with agencies that are interested in partnership.
For further information about law enforcement grants, the following websites may be helpful:
For funding announcements from the Department of Justice:
There are often questions about the eligibility for JAG funds. For further information the website is:
For questions about Homeland Security grants:
For questions about State of Michigan Marine Grants:
For questions about State of Michigan Secondary Roads grants:
For questions about State of Michigan Off Road Vehicle (ORV) grants: