DOJ – Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (2017)

Applications Due: February 28, 2017, 9 p.m. Eastern Time


The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) responds to Tribal Leaders’ request to improve and simplify the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant-making process. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, DOJ has combined existing Tribal Government-specific competitive solicitations into one solicitation and required only one application from each tribe or tribal consortium under CTAS. This approach provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues.

CTAS is administered by the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which manage awards by Purpose Area, subject to available funding.

These Purpose Areas include:
-Public safety and community policing (COPS Office);
-Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (BJA) (including indigent defense/criminal legal defense services);
-Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA);
-Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA);
-Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW) (including legal advice and representation);
-Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC);
-Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (OVC) (including legal advocacy);
-Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP); and a Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP).

Funding Title:    U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

Agency Name:  U.S. Department of Justice

Funding Opportunity Number: DOJ-2017-4997

Funding Instrument Type:    Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes

Under Goals & Objectives for Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program:

“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. Examples include providing legal representation or advice in family law cases (e.g., divorce, custody, child support, visitation, spousal support), 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.”

Target Population:  Tribal communities

Expected Number of Awards: 207

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

How to Apply:    All applications must be submitted through DOJ’s online Grants Management System (GMS) at There are two steps: (1) registering in GMS and (2) applying and submitting an application in GMS.

Current Closing Date for Applications: February 28, 2017, 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $103,975,000

Award Ceiling: $4,000,000

Award Floor:  $0

Eligible Applicants:  Only federally recognized Indian tribes, 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 only for certain activities related to the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) programs. (See pages i through iii of full solicitation for a list of additional eligibility criteria and exceptions by purpose area.)

Priority Consideration:  

DOJ 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.

  1. Public safety and community policing (COPS Office)
  2. Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (BJA)
  3. Justice systems and alcohol and substance abuse (BJA)
  4. Corrections and correctional alternatives (BJA)
  5. Violence Against Women Tribal Governments program (OVW)
  6. Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
  7. Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance program (OVC)
  8. Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
  9. Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

Link to Full Information: Here 

Contact Information:

For programmatic and general assistance with the solicitation requirements, contact the Response Center at 800-421-6770 or via e-mail at 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


Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Human Trafficking, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Native Americans, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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