The Department of Justice launched its Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) in Fiscal Year 2010 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. In Fiscal Year 2016 the department awarded 236 CTAS grants to 131  American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees. The grants will provide more than $102 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

FY 2017 CTAS Fact Sheet

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 Intergovernmental and Public Liaison (OIPL)
  • 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.


Launch the CTAS Online tool Online Guide: Preparing for the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

This online guide was created by the Education Development Center in coordination with the Department of Justice to assist Tribes as they prepare for, write, and submit their applications for complex grants such as the Coordinated Tribal Assistant Solicitation (CTAS).

This guide contains strategies to:

  • Read and comprehend a complex grant solicitation
  • Coordinate a robust grant-writing team
  • Identify and articulate the needs of your community through data driven processes
  • Generate and capture ideas and solutions from your community
  • Organize key community players to execute the proposed program

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Updated November 29, 2016