APPLICATIONS DUE: February 24, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Description: The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation is administered by the OJP (including BJA, OVC, and OJJDP), COPS and OVW components of the U.S. Department of Justice. The CTAS provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes. This coordinated grant has nine purpose areas: Public Safety and Community Policing, Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning, Justice Systems (including Tribal Courts and Indigent Defense) and Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Corrections and Correctional Alternatives, Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program, Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program, Juvenile healing to wellness courts, and Tribal Youth Program.
Funding Title: Coordinated Tribal Justice Solicitation – FY 2015 Competitive Grants
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes, for DOJ’s OVW – Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program, which list one of the goals and objectives as follows:
“To provide legal advice and representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking who need assistance with legal issues that are caused by the abuse that they have suffered. This may include providing legal representation or advice in family law cases (e.g., divorce, custody, child support, visitation, spousal support), as well as landlord- tenant matters, public benefits (e.g., pursuit or denial of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits), immigration matters, and other civil cases directly related to the abuse that the victim has suffered. The legal assistance should be provided at minimal or no cost to the victim.”
Also, the following is included as one of the “Victim Services” under the OVW Violence Against Women Tribal Governments program:
“legal advice or representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who need assistance with legal issues that result from abuse”
Target Population: Tribal communities
Expected Number of Awards: See: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/tribal/pages/attachments/2014/11/19/ctas_fy-2015_solicitation.pdf
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: See: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/tribal/pages/attachments/2014/11/19/ctas_fy-2015_solicitation.pdf
How to Apply: All applications must be submitted through DOJ’s online Grants Management System
Current Closing Date for Applications: February 24, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Estimated Total Program Funding: $949,750,000
Eligible Applicants: Only federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, may apply. This includes Alaska Native villages and tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes. Tribal designees are eligible participants for certain activities related to DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women and Office for Victims of Crime programs. (See pages i through iii for a list of additional eligibility criteria and exceptions by purpose area.) To access a current list of federally recognized tribes, see 79 Federal Register 4748 (January 29, 2014) at www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xofa/documents/text/indian_entities_2014-01-29.pdf.
The U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Government-specific competitive grant programs outlined in this solicitation are referred to as purpose areas. Applicants may apply for funding under the purpose area(s) that best addresses tribes’ concerns related to public safety, criminal and juvenile justice, and the needs of victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence. Below is a snapshot of the purpose areas.
- Public safety and community policing (COPS Office)
- 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 healing to wellness courts (OJJDP)
- Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)
Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: See: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/tribal/pages/attachments/2014/11/19/ctas_fy-2015_solicitation.pdf
Samples of Successful Applications:
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/tribal/pages/attachments/2014/11/19/ctas_fy-2015_solicitation.pdf
Guide to Understanding Requirements of Purpose Area #5 (OVW Tribal Governments Program)
Technical assistance for submitting an application
Contact the GMS Support Hotline at 888-549-9901, option 3, or via e-mail at GMSHelpDesk@usdoj.gov. The GMS Support Hotline hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight ET, except U.S. Federal Government holidays (see http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2014.asp).
Solicitation requirements programmatic and general assistance
Contact the Response Center at 800-421-6770 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Response Center’s hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, except U.S. Federal Government holidays (see http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2014.asp).
Information regarding upcoming webinars and trainings is available at http://www.justice.gov/tribal/training- and-technical-assistance.
Visit the Tribal Justice and Safety website for all supporting documents pertaining to the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (www.justice.gov/tribal/).