WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice today announced the opening of their comprehensive grant solicitation period for funding to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention improvements for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. The department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) will be posted at 9:00 p.m. EST today at www.justice.gov/tribal/open-sol.html.
“Through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation we have made it easier for tribes to tap much-needed federal funding for critical needs, such as violence against women,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West. “We have made excellent progress in restoring a healthy government-to-government relationship with tribal nations, but we are far from finished with our work.”
CTAS is administered by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve sexual assault, domestic violence and elder victims; and support other efforts to combat crime. To view the fact sheet on the FY 2013 CTAS, visit www.justice.gov/tribal/ctas2013/ctas-factsheet.pdf.
Applications for CTAS are submitted through the Justice Department’s Grants Management System (GMS) which enables grantees to register and apply for CTAS online. Applicants should register early, but no later than Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in order to resolve difficulties in advance of the application deadline.
The FY 2013 CTAS reflects improvements and refinements from earlier versions. Feedback was provided to the department during tribal consultations and listening sessions, from a specially developed assessment tool about the application experience and from written comments from applicants and grantees.
For the FY2013 CTAS, a tribe or tribal consortium will submit a single application and select from nine competitive grant programs referred to as purpose areas. This approach allows the department’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a Tribal nation’s overall public safety needs. The deadline for submitting applications in response to this grant announcement is 9:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
The nine purpose areas are:
• Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)
• Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (BJA)
• Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)
• Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)
• Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)
• Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
• Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (OVC)
• Juvenile Justice (OJJDP)
• Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)
Tribes or tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal government-specific federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore other funding opportunities for which they may be eligible. Additional funding information may be found at www.grants.gov or the websites of individual agencies.
Today’s announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.