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Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program



Application Deadline: Apr 20, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)


Provides funding to tribal governments to develop and strengthen their criminal justice system responses to violence and crimes against Native American women such as domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking. Supports the development of education, prevention, and intervention strategies to reduce crime and promote victim safety.

Applicants may submit proposals for one of the following project types.

  • Standard projects must implement activities under one or more of the 12 purpose areas.
  • CTAS Purpose Area 2 projects are for applicants previously funded under Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area 2 with an approved justice system-wide strategic plan under CTAS may propose activities under one or more of the twelve purpose areas.
  • Improving Tribal Responses to Violence Against Native Women (ITR) Capacity projects engage new applicants in training and technical assistance to complete a comprehensive assessment process and develop a customized implementation plan to reduce violence, administer justice, and provide victim services to Indian women.

Program funds may be used for activities in one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Develop and enhance effective governmental strategies consistent with tribal law and custom designed to reduce violent crimes and increase the safety of Indian women
  • Build tribal capacity to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking crimes against Indian women
  • Strengthen tribal law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, correctional facilities, and other tribal justice interventions
  • Improve services to Indian women victimized by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking
  • Collaborate with communities to develop education and prevention strategies targeting issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking
  • Offer programs for supervised visitation and safe visitation exchange of children in situations involving domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking committed by one parent against the other with appropriate security measures, policies, and procedures to protect victims and their children
  • Provide transitional housing and support services to help victims secure permanent housing and integrate successfully into the community
  • Provide necessary legal assistance, at minimal or no cost, to aid victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters arising as a consequence of that abuse or violence
  • Offer services designed to meet the needs of youth ages 11 to 24 years who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking and the needs of youth and children exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including support for the non-abusing parent or caretaker of the youth or child
  • Develop and promote legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to crimes against Indian women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking
  • Create, enhance, and implement law enforcement policies, protocols, and training opportunities focused on cases of missing or murdered Indians
  • Compile and annually report data to the Attorney General related to missing or murdered Indians, as described in 25 U.S.C. § 5705

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $900,000 for Standard and CTAS Purpose Area 2 projects
  • $600,000 for ITR Capacity Building projects

Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 60
Estimated total program funding: $41,000,000

Following the 36-month award period, award recipients may be eligible for 24 months of additional noncompetitive funding of up to $600,000 Standard and CTAS Purpose Area 2 projects and $400,000 for ITR Capacity Building projects.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, including any tribe, band, pueblo, nation, Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation, or other organized group or community that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(36)
  • Organizations acting as authorized tribal designees of federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Tribal consortia consisting of a coalition of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes that join together for the purpose of participating in self-governance

Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the program guidance.

OVW priority funding areas include:

  • Investments in law enforcement, increased prosecution, and effective prevention to reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety
  • Programs and services focused on long-term safety and sustainable economic independence that empower victims to become survivors
  • Resources for courts and tribes to register protection orders in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and enabling tribes to access crime information systems
  • Strengthening programs, services, and other efforts to combat stalking

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

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

Letter of intent (LOI) requested but not required. Applicants should email their LOI by April 12, 2021.

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 April 20, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 22, 2021 deadline.


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Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Crime Reduction • Housing and Homelessness • Justice System • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Women