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Tribal Justice Systems Program - Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #3


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (
Purpose Area Fact Sheet


Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Provides funding to tribes to develop, support, and improve adult tribal justice systems. Seeks to support tribal efforts to prevent and reduce crime, including crime related to opioids, alcohol, stimulants, and other substance use. Part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Program funds may be used for:

  • Developing new or improving existing tribal courts, peacemaking courts, healing to wellness courts, veterans treatment courts, and other traditional or alternative justice courts
  • Risk and needs assessment tools
  • Decision making models and programs for diversion and alternatives to incarceration, including community supervision, substance abuse treatment, job and housing assistance, education, and support for families and communities
  • Crime prevention efforts, such as evidence-based prevention programs for opioid, methamphetamine, prescription drug, and other substance misuse
  • Creating, implementing, and improving culturally-sensitive treatment, correctional support, and re-entry services for individuals involved with the tribal justice system
  • Programming to promote officer safety and enhance law enforcement services concerning opioid, stimulant, and other illicit substance use, transport, and distribution in tribal communities
  • Equipment purchases, including computers, surveillance cameras, office furniture, computer networks, electronic alcohol and offender monitoring devices, and more
  • Strategic planning to address alcohol and substance abuse as well as other tribal justice system needs
  • Training costs, such as registration fees and lodging for training events
  • Travel expenses related to training

Amount of Funding

Estimated award range: $250,000 to $900,000
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 25-33
Estimated total program funding: $20,600,000

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

Priority consideration will be given to projects that incorporate a research component.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement. Applicants are encouraged to make strategic requests for funding focused on key areas that will make the greatest impact, rather than seek to expand many new areas of service.

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:

  • Coeur D' Alene Tribe in Idaho
  • Tunica-Biloxi Tribe in Louisiana
  • The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana
  • Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota
  • Skokomish Indian Tribe in Washington
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota
  • Stockbridge Munsee Community in Wisconsin

Topics This Program Addresses

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