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Public Safety and Community Policing - Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #1


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (
Purpose Area Fact Sheet


Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)


Provides funding to law enforcement agencies to address the crucial needs of the tribes they serve. Focuses on building the capacity of tribal law enforcement agencies to implement prevention strategies and improve criminal investigations, and reduce illegal drug use, including opioids and methamphetamine. Seeks to develop or enhance community policing strategies and create a crime control plan with the tribal community members. Part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Program funds may be used for:

  • Strategic planning for community policing
  • Hiring costs for newly hired or rehired employees, including entry-level salaries and fringe benefits for full-time sworn career law enforcement officers, tribal/village police officers, and village public safety officers
  • Salaries and fringe benefits for full-time methamphetamine and/or anti-opioid coordinators
  • Equipment expenses, including uniforms, police vehicles, boats, anti-methamphetamine and/or anti-opioid activities, technology, dispatch and communication systems, and more
  • Training for law enforcement, including comprehensive or specialized police training, such as anti-methamphetamine, anti-opioid, and anti-human trafficking training
  • Travel expenses
  • Overtime costs for sworn officers

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • For a sworn force of fewer than 10 officers: $500,000
  • For a sworn force of 10 to 19 officers: $700,000
  • For a sworn force of 20 or more officers: $900,000

Project period:

  • Awards for hiring: 5 years
  • Awards for equipment and training: 3 years

Estimated number of awards: 40
Estimated total program funding: $24,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation
  • Consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes

Additional consideration will be given to applications that propose strategies to address human trafficking and missing or murdered indigenous persons (MMIP). This includes funding for human trafficking and MMIP prevention and investigation, such as training and officer salaries, especially officers needed as part of cold case MMIP task forces or teams.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Equipment • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the March 16, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 20, 2021 deadline.

The Online Guide: Preparing for the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation is a tool to help prepare, write, and submit applications for CTAS and other grant opportunities.

CTAS Pre-application webinar schedule
Applicant frequently asked questions
Purpose area specific information
Narrative template
Application fact sheet

Recorded applicant webinars are available online.


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For program questions or general assistance:
Response Center

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Koyukuk Native Village in Alaska
  • Manokotak Village Council in Alaska
  • Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Crime Reduction • Infrastructure • Justice System • Methamphetamine • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology