Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities to Support Public Safety in Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice has announced the opening of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. CTAS funding supports crime prevention activities, victim services, and coordinated community responses to violence against Native American individuals.
Administered by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), CTAS is online at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations. The solicitation will provide instructions on how federally recognized tribal governments and tribal consortia can apply for funding.
“Throughout this past year, we have held numerous meetings, listening sessions, and consultations with tribal leaders to better gauge the resources and assistance required to best support their communities,” said Amy L. Solomon, Assistant Attorney General. “We are committed to working with our tribal partners to meet the public safety challenges they confront each and every day. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation is an unqualified expression of that commitment.”
The funding from OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Office for Victims of Crime, along with the COPS Office, can be used for a range of public safety and justice-related projects and services. Funds can be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster adult and juvenile justice systems and prevent and control juvenile delinquency. In addition, the grants serve American Indian and Alaska Native victims of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse.
“The COPS Office is proud of the resources and support we have been able to offer Indian country over the years, and we are excited to be able to participate in CTAS again this year,” said Acting Director Robert Chapman of the COPS Office. “We know there is a great need for officers, equipment, and training, and those are areas that the COPS Office is pleased to be able to fund under this solicitation.”
In FY 2022, the Department awarded 160 CTAS grants, amounting to more than $82 million in CTAS funding to 102 tribes and tribal consortia across the United States.
The grants.gov application deadline for CTAS is March 21, 2023, at 8:59 p.m. ET, and the JustGrants deadline is March 28, 2023, at 8:59 p.m. ET.
The Department will also facilitate a series of webinars to guide applicants through the application process. Details, including how to register for these webinars, will be made available online in the coming weeks at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations.
The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. The COPS Office has been appropriated more than $20 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to over 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 136,000 officers.
More information about the COPS Office can be found at https://cops.usdoj.gov.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law.
More information about OJP and its components can be found at https://www.ojp.gov.