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Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program: Strengthening Tribal Advocacy Responses Track (START)



Application Deadline: Apr 24, 2024


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.

START grantees receive additional training, technical assistance, and support that includes:

  1. A comprehensive assessment process that identifies the strengths and gaps of their community's responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking
  2. A customized project implementation plan developed in consultation with an OVW designated technical assistance provider

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 as described in 25 U.S.C. § 5704
  • 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: $1,200,000 per year
Award floor: $500,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 60
Estimated total program funding: $52,000,000

The total program funding and number of awards include both the Tribal Governments Program and Tribal Governments START opportunities.

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)(22) and (43)
  • 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

Eligible START applicants are those who have never received or have not recently received an award through the Tribal Governments Program (TGP). Past TGP awardees must have closed their grant before December 31, 2021 to be eligible.

Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the program guidance.

The program priority area is to strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses.

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.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a 2-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the April 24, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 25, 2024 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