To improve the crime-fighting and criminal justice administration capabilities of tribal, state, and local governments, we must ensure that tribes and communities have access to additional resources. Provided are links to funding opportunities available from The Justice Department and from the federal government.
The federal government has established Grants.gov, which is the single access point for competitive discretionary funding opportunities offered by all federal agencies. Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies.
BJA FY 2017 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by increasing public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system. For more information, please visit https://www.bja.gov/JMHCP17.
Applications Due: April 4, 2017
Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to plan and implement comprehensive strategies in response to the growing opioid epidemic. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to state, local, and tribal governments to intervene with persons with substance use disorders. For more information, please visit https://www.bja.gov/Funding/CARA17.pdf.
Applications Due: April 25, 2017
FY2017 BJA National Initiatives – Adjudications: Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications under the Effective Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2016 for national partners to provide training and technical assistance to state and local governments to provide the protections in criminal justice processes established by the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution. This program furthers the Department’s mission by ensuring the fair administration of justice through meeting the obligations established by the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. For more information, please visit
Applications Due: May 16, 2017
PREA Program: Strategic Support for PREA Implementation in Local Confinement Facilities Nationwide
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to support implementation of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and zero tolerance cultures related to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in small- and medium-sized confinement facilities (i.e., with 500 beds or less) operating at the local level across the United States. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting data-driven, innovative practices that promote sexual safety and compliance with the PREA standards in confinement facilities. For more information, please visit https://www.bja.gov/PREA17.
Applications Due: May 25, 2017
COPS — the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services — is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to provide federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
OVW Fiscal Year 2017 Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction
Native American women suffer domestic violence and dating violence at epidemic rates, often at the hands of non-Indian abusers. Following the Supreme Court’s 1978 decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish Tribe, however, tribes lacked criminal jurisdiction to prosecute domestic violence and dating violence committed in Indian Country by non-Indian abusers. Prior to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), if the victim was Indian and the perpetrator was non-Indian, the crime could be prosecuted only by the United States or, in some circumstances, by the state in which the tribe’s Indian Country is located. On March 7, 2013, VAWA 2013 was signed into law and included an historic provision recognizing the authority of participating tribes to exercise “special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction” (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit crimes of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian Country. The Act also specified the rights that a participating tribe must provide to defendants in SDVCJ cases.
The Tribal Jurisdiction Program is designed to assist Indian tribes in exercising SDVCJ. Through this grant program, Indian tribes will receive support and technical assistance for planning, developing and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise SDVCJ. The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, tribal courts, tribal prosecutors, tribal attorneys, tribal defenders, law enforcement, probation, service providers, and other partners to ensure that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders are held accountable. The Tribal Jurisdiction Program encourages the coordinated involvement of the entire tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to incorporate systemic change that ensures victim safety and offender accountability.
Additional information is available online here. Further, if you are having difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact Rebekah Jones, Grant Program Specialist, 202-616-3851, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.