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Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program



Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2023


Office on 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.
  • Improving Tribal Responses to Violence Against Native Women (ITR) Capacity Building Projects engage new applicants in a comprehensive assessment process to determine strengths and gaps of community's responses to domestic and sexual violence to development a project implementation plan to meet the needs of the community

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 customs 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
  • Develop, 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: $1,000,000
Project period: 24-36 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.

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 2 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.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly two-spirit/LGBTQ+ victims.

Applicants that received an award under Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #5 in fiscal year (FY) 2020 are eligible for 24 months of additional noncompetitive funding up to $600,000 to continue their projects.

Grantees that received a 36-month Grants to Indian Tribal Governments award in FY 2021 or FY 2022 are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant on an FY 2023 proposal.

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 25, 2023.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a two-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the April 25, 2023 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 27, 2023 deadline.


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Rural Awards

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

Rural communities who received funding in FY 2022 include:

  • Kawerak, Inc. in Nome, Alaska
  • The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Plummer, Idaho
  • Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Perry, Maine
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Peshawbestown, Michigan
  • Sac & Fox Nation in Stroud, Oklahoma

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