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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities for Public Safety Projects in Indian Country

Funding Available to Support Federally-Recognized Tribes and Tribal Consortia

The Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention improvements in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  The department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) was posted today at www.justice.gov/tribal/open-sol.html. The solicitation closes on Feb. 24, 2015.

“The Department of Justice is making a concerted effort – one that we are building on every year – to expand our reach to tribes and make resources more widely available to our partners in Indian country,” said Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason for the Office of Justice Programs.  “This solicitation addresses an array of tribal justice system issues and will give tribes access to the support they need to keep their communities safe and ensure a just, fair, and effective system for fighting crime.”

CTAS is administered by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and 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 FY 2015 CTAS, visit www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/tribal/pages/attachments/2014/11/19/ctas_fy-2015_solicitation.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 must register with GMS prior to submitting an application.  An applicant will not be able to submit an application without registering in GMS before the application deadline of 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), Feb. 24, 2015.

The FY 2015 CTAS reflects improvements and refinements from earlier versions.  Feedback was provided to the department during tribal consultations and listening sessions, and includes tribal leaders’ request to improve and simplify the DOJ grant-making process.  Changes to DOJ grant programs, enacted with the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act, are incorporated into the CTAS solicitation and in the appropriate purpose areas.  For more information about changes to the CTAS Solicitation from last year, read the FY 2015 CTAS fact sheet.

For the FY2015 CTAS, a tribe or tribal consortium may 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 nine purpose areas are:

  • Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (OJP/COPS/OVW)

  • Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)

  • 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 Wellness Courts (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.

Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated November 21, 2014