American Indian and Alaska Native people face unacceptably high levels of violence and are victimized at rates much higher than the national average. The Department of Justice is working hand in hand with tribal nations and tribal partners to build safe and healthy communities. Resources from the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services are supporting a range of effective criminal justice, prevention, intervention, reentry, and victim services. A comprehensive directory of Department of Justice grant programs that tribes are eligible to apply for is available below. Funding opportunities can be found on www.grants.gov and are announced as they become available on the OJP, OVW, and COPS Office websites.
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
The Department of Justice launched its Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) in direct response to concerns raised by tribal leaders about the Department’s grant process that did not provide the flexibility tribes needed to address their criminal justice and public safety needs. Since 2010, through CTAS, the department has awarded over 2,800 grants totaling more than $1.3 billion in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In Fiscal Year 2022, the awards included more than $82 million to 102 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees under CTAS. Tribes are using these funds to enhance law enforcement, combat domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sex trafficking, bolster justice systems, prevent and control juvenile delinquency, strengthen the juvenile justice system, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to address crime.
Through CTAS, federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia were able – for the first time ever – to submit a single application for most of the Justice Department’s tribal grant programs. The Department of Justice designed this comprehensive approach to save time and resources and allow tribes and the Department to gain a better understanding of the Tribes’ overall public safety needs. The first coordinated Tribal grant process launched in Fiscal Year 2010, through the collaborative efforts across many department components, bureaus and offices including the:
- Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
- Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)
- Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
- Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
- Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and
- Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
The Justice Department has two primary goals in mind with this program: increasing access and streamlining the grant process. We developed communications strategies to encourage more tribes to look at the CTAS funding programs and see if these programs could help meet their public safety needs. Please visit our technical assistance resources or the other tabs in this section to apply and manage all your tribal grants.
Directory of Department of Justice Tribal Grants
The Department of Justice created this directory of grant resources to support the President’s charge, in Executive Order 14053 (“Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People”), to make “grantmaking more equitable for Tribal applicants seeking support for law enforcement purposes and for the provision of services to victims and survivors.” Administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Office of Justice Programs, and the Office on Violence Against Women, the initiatives described below include discretionary and formula grant programs for which tribes are eligible. They support a range of effective criminal justice, prevention, intervention, reentry, and victim services activities. Funding opportunities can be found on grants.gov and are announced as they become available on the OJP, OVW, and COPS Office websites.
Grants Consultations and Listening Sessions
Challenges faced by Tribes are best met by Tribally driven solutions, so outreach and communication with Tribes are fundamental to the Department of Justice’s efforts to promote public safety in Tribal communities. The Department of Justice regularly seeks comments and suggestions to improve the grant-making process through a variety of methods including consultations and listening sessions.
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Listening Session Summary, December 6, 2022
COPS Office Tribal Resources Grant Program Listening Session Summary, September 15, 2022