Tribes can apply for Justice Department's public safety funding

Published on January 20th, 2011 12:44 pm

By ALASKA NEWSPAPERS STAFF

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The Department of Justice today announced that it is accepting applications from American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities for funding to improve public safety in Indian country, a press release from the agency said.

The funds are available through the Fiscal Year 2011 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a streamlined single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women.

The CTAS process is the result of consultations held with tribal leaders on how to improve the application process for tribal grant applicants. For FY 2011, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities will submit a single application for all available tribal government-specific grant programs. The coordinated approach allows the Justice Department's grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal community's overall public safety needs.

The FY 2011 solicitation includes revisions that will improve the award and application process, including a 90-day application period, closing April 21. Awards will be based upon available funding for FY 2011 and can be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder abuse victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes. Last year, CTAS provided more than $127 million to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities nationwide.

Native communities and tribal consortiums may be eligible for other non-tribal government-specific grant funding opportunities and are encouraged to submit a separate application to any grant programs for which they may be eligible. Additional resources and information, including a fact sheet and tips for pre-and post-application tasks are located on the website at www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/grants.html.

Today's announcement is part of the Justice Department's ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

The coordinated, comprehensive solicitation is now available at www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/grants.html.


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