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Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (CJA) Program - Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #6


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (
Purpose Area Fact Sheet


Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC)


Provides funding, training, and technical assistance to tribal communities to support the development and operation of programs to improve criminal investigation and prosecution activities to reduce the trauma experienced by child victims of abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse and exploitation. Part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Funds may be used for activities and services related to criminal child abuse and neglect cases, such as:

  • Staffing expenses, such as salary and fringe benefits for individuals assisting with investigation, prosecution, or victim services
  • Coordination, outreach, and other efforts to promote awareness and understanding of child abuse and neglect as well as availability of grant-supported services
  • Smudging, sweat lodges, traditional healing ceremonies, and other cultural and traditional practices for victims and family members
  • Services for victims, including trauma-informed counseling; group or family therapy; assistance with emergency food, clothing, and transportation expenses; emergency shelter services, and more
  • Extending victim programming to establish a more comprehensive set of services for children and families and conducting community education/outreach on how to access services
  • Travel expenses related to relevant meetings or training events
  • Training costs related to developing and executing local training events on the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases of child abuse and neglect
  • Purchasing new or improving existing equipment and technology needed to conduct project activities
  • Contracts and consultants to carry out approved program activities, as well as goods and services essential to the project, such as telemedicine or telemental health access

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $450,000
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 6
Estimated total program funding: $3,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation
  • Organizations acting as authorized designees of federally recognized Indian tribes

Award recipients of CTAS Purpose Area 6 in fiscal year (FY) 2019 and 2020 are not eligible to apply in FY 2021.

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.

In 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:

  • Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho
  • The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan
  • Omaha Tribe in Nebraska
  • Santee Sioux Nation in Nebraska
  • Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma
  • Menominee Indian Tribe in Wisconsin

Topics This Program Addresses

Adverse Childhood Experiences • American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Justice System • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Social Services • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth