WASHINGTON –The Department of Justice announced in January that it has begun accepting applications from Native American and Alaska Native tribal communities for funding to improve public safety in Indian country. The funds are available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a streamlined single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women.
The CTAS process is the result of consultations held with tribal leaders on how to improve the application process for tribal grant applicants. For FY2011, Native American and Alaska Native tribal communities will submit a single application for all available tribal government-specific grant programs. The coordinated approach allows the Justice Department’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal community’s overall public safety needs.
The FY2011 solicitation includes revisions that will improve the award and application process, including a longer application period, closing April 21, 2011. Awards will be based upon available funding for FY2011 and can be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder abuse victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes. Last year, CTAS provided more than $127 million to Native American and Alaska Native tribal communities nationwide.
Native communities and tribal consortiums may be eligible for other non-tribal government-specific grant funding opportunities and are encouraged to submit a separate application to any grant programs for which they may be eligible. Additional resources and information, including a fact sheet and tips for pre- and post-application tasks can be found on the website at: www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/grants.html.
This announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination, and action on public safety in tribal communities.
The coordinated, comprehensive solicitation is available at: www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/grants.html.
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