DOJ – Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (2018)

Applications Due: March 20, 2018, 9 p.m. Eastern Time


The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding to improve public safety and victim services in tribal communities. This solicitation provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to apply for funding to aid in developing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization. DOJ’s existing Tribal Government–specific programs are included in and available through this single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.

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

Agency Name:  U.S. Department of Justice

Funding Opportunity Number: DOJ-2018-5410

Funding Instrument Type:  Cooperative Agreement, Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:  Yes

Under Goals & Objectives (page 5):

“To provide legal advice and representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking and to victims of other severe forms of trafficking in persons who have also experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking with legal issues arising from the abuse that they have suffered. Examples include providing legal representation or advice in family law cases (e.g., divorce, custody, child support, visitation, and 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: March 20, 2018, 9p.m. Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $105,000,000

Award Ceiling: $4,000,000

Award Floor:  $250,000

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 iv of full solicitation for a list of additional eligibility criteria and exceptions by purpose area.) DOJ may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation for FY 2019 depending on the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations. Individual purpose areas may consider FY 2018 applications for FY 2019 and not solicit for new applicants in the FY 2019 CTAS.

Priority Consideration:

BJA will prioritize grant funding for programs targeted for reducing criminal gang activity in rural communities.

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. Following is a snapshot of the purpose areas. See detailed information for each purpose area in part F, “Purpose Areas—Specific Information,” beginning on page 19.

  1. Public safety and community policing (COPS Office)
  2. Comprehensive tribal justice systems strategic planning (BJA,COPS,OVW, OJJDP, OVC)
  3. Tribal Justice Systems (BJA)
  4. Tribal Justice System Infrastructure program (BJA)
  5. Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Tribal Governments Program
  6. Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
  7. Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance program (OVC)
  8. Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
  9. Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

Link to Full Information: Here 

Contact Information:

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the GMS Support Hotline at 888-549-9901, option 3, or via email at 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.

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

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