Federal funds available to support public safety in Indian Country
Special to First Nation’s Focus
In fiscal year 2018, the Department funded 125 tribes with 225 awards across nine grant programs totaling more than $113 million. In Nevada, the following totals were awarded:
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe: $1,004,552
Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada: $450,000
Moapa Band of Paiutes: $299,900
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe: $1,350,000
Learn more: Go to bit.ly/2PDVLbq to read a full breakdown of last year’s funding.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice on Nov. 28 announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to Indian Country to support crime prevention, victim services and coordinated community responses to violence against native women.
The Department’s fiscal year 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is available at the following link: http://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations.
The solicitation contains details about available grants and describes how federally recognized tribes, tribal consortia and Alaska Native villages can apply for the funds.
“Public safety professionals serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities frequently find themselves under-resourced and over-extended,” said Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “This funding will give tribal officials the tools they need to fight violent crime, protect their citizens, serve victims, and deliver justice.”
The funding from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) can be used to for a variety of public safety and justice-related projects and services.
Funds can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve native victims of crimes such as child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse; improve responses to violence against native women; and support other efforts to combat crime.
New to fiscal year 2019, CTAS is funding designated specifically to address violent crime in native communities. Additionally, the Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program will be replaced by the Tribal Victim Services Program.
This new program will provide funding to a higher number of applicants and provides funding for a broad range of activities, including a needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other actions to address the victim service needs of tribes.
Applications for CTAS are submitted online through the Department’s Grants Management System, or “GMS.” Applicants must register with GMS prior to submitting an application. The application deadline is 6 p.m. PST Feb. 26, 2019.
Applicants will submit a single application and select from any or all of the 10 competitive grant programs, referred to as “purpose areas.” This approach allows the Department’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal nation’s overall public safety needs.
Fact sheets detailing each of the individual purpose areas can be found at http://www.justice.gov/tribal/grants.
Additionally, tribes and tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore other funding opportunities, which may be found at DOJ’s Tribal Justice and Safety website at http://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations or the http://www.grants.gov website.
In fiscal year 2018, the Department funded 125 tribes with 225 awards across nine grant programs totaling more than $113 million.
CTAS is administered by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Office on Violence Against Women.
AB264 was just one of eight Tribal-related bills that have either been signed into law this session, or were adopted by the Legislature and await Sisolak’s approval, highlighting one of the most successful legislative sessions in the history of Nevada in terms of Native American affairs.