The Department of Justice (DOJ) is soliciting applications under the FY 2011 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). This is a single application process by which federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia may apply for tribal-specific FY 2011 funding under the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The complete grant announcement and other resource links are available via http://www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/ctas11.html.
Several changes have been implemented in the FY 2011 application process including:
- Consolidation of Purpose Areas (from 10 areas last year to eight this cycle);
- Elimination of the matching funds requirement for almost all of the Purpose Areas;
- Allowing tribes more time to provide authorizing resolutions by specifying that a tribal authorizing resolution may be submitted before a grantee draws down funds rather than the previous requirement that it be submitted with the grant application;
- Standardizing the award period to three years for all Purpose Areas; and extending the solicitation period to 90 days.
Tribes/tribal consortia may apply for funding under the following Purpose Areas that “best address their public safety, criminal and juvenile justice, and victimization needs”:
- Public safety and community policing; funding source: COPS–Tribal Hiring Grant Program and Tribal Resources Grant Equipment/Training (TRGP); estimated $38 million to be available to fund 60 awards of $450,000–$1 million per award. The award amount will be based on several factors including the current number of sworn officers. An applicant must have “an established law enforcement agency or an existing contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for law enforcement services, or an existing contract with a state or local agency for law enforcement services.”
- Methamphetamine enforcement; funding source: COPS Methamphetamine Initiative; estimated $4 million to be available to fund 20 awards of $200,000 per award.
- Tribal justice systems, and alcohol and substance abuse; funding source: BJA–Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program; estimated $27 million to fund 60 awards of $250,000–$500,000 per award.
- Corrections and correctional alternatives; funding source: BJA–Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Program (CFTL); estimated $9 million to fund 5-8 planning grants of $150,000 per award, and 5-8 renovation/construction grants of $1 million per award; and 3-5 development and implementation of correctional alternatives grants of $350,000 per award.
- Violence against women; funding source: OVW–Tribal Governments Program – Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSASP); estimated $41.5 million to fund 75 awards of $300,000–$900,000 per award, and $450,000 for applicants that have never received a DOJ grant previously.
- Elder abuse; funding source: Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)–Tribal Elder Outreach Program (TEOP); estimated $1,505,000 to fund 7 awards of up to $215,000 per award.
- Juvenile justice; funding source: OJJDP–Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Program (TJADG); estimated $1.1 million to fund 3-5 awards of $250,000–300,000.
- Tribal youth program; funding source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)–Tribal Youth Program (TYP); estimated $17 million to fund 50 awards of $300,000–$500,000.
Note: funding levels and number of awards for each Purpose Area are estimates.
Each of the above Purpose Areas is described in greater detail, including eligibility exceptions, goals and objectives as well as possible uses of funds at Section G of the grant announcement. There is also a 28-page FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS document posted at http://www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/ctas11/faqs.pdf, which provides extensive information on the CTAS as well as each of the Purpose Areas.
Tribes/tribal consortia are limited to one application under the CTAS. Applications must be submitted electronically through DOJ’s Grants Management System (GMS) by 9:00 p.m. on April 21, 2011. Applicants who do not have the capability to submit an application electronically must contact the Response Center by March 21. The grant announcement contains the contact information for technical and programmatic assistance as well as the application criteria and purpose area-specific eligibility requirements.
Please let us know if we may provide additional information regarding the DOJ FY 2011 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.