Managing Agency U.S. Department of Justice

Program Description

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, the Department of Justice launched the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). CTAS creates a single application process for existing tribal government-specific competitive discretionary grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Since FY 2010, the Department has awarded over $535 million to hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Through CTAS, the Department of Justice encourages Tribal Nations to take a comprehensive look at the public safety challenges their communities are facing and to work with the Department to find ways to address them. Tribes use these funds to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking across the lifespan, and support other efforts to combat crime. In an ongoing effort to improve and build on the success of CTAS, DOJ continually asks Tribes for input and feedback on the previous year's CTAS process in order to further refine and improve CTAS. The Department incorporates Tribal responses and suggestions into the next year's solicitation, when possible.

The single application includes all available DOJ Tribal government-specific grant programs. The advantage of this coordinated process is that it provides the Department with a better understanding of a Tribe's overall public safety needs when reviewing a Tribe's application. The grant-making components (OJP, COPS, and OVW) use this information to make award decisions that address a Tribe's need on a more comprehensive basis. Each Tribal government-specific competitive grant program is referred to as a "Purpose Area". An applicant may select the Purpose Area(s) that best addresses its public safety, criminal and juvenile justice, and victim service needs. The DOJ grant-making components make and administer awards by Purpose Area, subject to available funding. The nine CTAS purpose areas in FY 2015 were:

  1. Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)
  2. Comprehensive Planning Demonstration Program (ALL)
  3. Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)
  4. Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)
  5. Violence Against Women Grants to Tribal Governments (OVW)
  6. Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
  7. Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (OVC)
  8. Juvenile Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
  9. Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

Please remember that Tribes or Tribal consortia may be eligible for other, non-Tribal specific DOJ grant funding opportunities and may submit a separate application to any grant programs for which they may be eligible.

For other DOJ resources and information, please visit DOJ's dedicated Tribal Justice and Safety website or the government-wide grants website,

General Program Requirements

Only federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, may apply for DOJ CTAS funding. This includes Alaska Native villages and tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes. Tribal designees are eligible participants for certain activities related to DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women and Office for Victims of Crime programs.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Tribal Community & Justice Profile

Before applying for CTAS funding, applicants should review their community, public safety and justice systems to help identify gaps in services that the grant programs can address. The following areas highlight what eligible tribes needed to provide as a part of their FY 2015 CTAS application:

Executive Summary: The Executive Summary is designed for Tribes to identify which DOJ Purpose Area(s) they will apply for and if more than one is selected, how they fit together to address the overall justice and safety needs.

Tribal Narrative Profile: This profile helps illustrate the specific characteristics of a Tribe, community strengths, resources, challenges and needs.

Demographic Form: This section is designed to capture unique characteristics of each Tribe to help the Department and reviewers better understand each individual Tribe's needs.

Important demographics to include on this form are the Tribe's enrollment numbers; its current local population; the size of the reservation; the jurisdiction to be served; the unemployment rates; the crime victim services provided; the Tribe's governmental organizational structure; and the "remoteness" of the Tribe.

Crime Data: This section is designed to include data on the types of crimes common to the Tribe. If data is not available, anecdotal or alternative information about the problems identified is acceptable.

Tribal Law Enforcement Information: This data should illustrate the Tribe's current law enforcement capacity.

Tribal Facilities, Capacities and Capabilities: This section focuses on the Tribe's telecommunications technology, as well as the numbers of existing facilities such as courthouses, police stations, jails, treatment facilities, and emergency shelters.

The FY 2016 CTAS solicitation and application process is expected to begin in November 2015, and will remain open for at least 90 days. For the most current information on the CTAS solicitation, visit the program website.

To apply for CTAS please visit the program website. For CTAS application assistance, contact the Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 or send an email to

For other DOJ resources and information please visit DOJ's Tribal Justice and Safety web site. To learn about other federal funding opportunities, visit the government-wide grants website

Program Contact Information

Eugenia Tyner-Dawson
Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs, OJP and Executive Director of the Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs

Matthew Lysakowski
Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs, COPS

Lorraine Edmo
Deputy Director for Tribal Affairs, OVW

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number16.710, 16.608, 16.596, 16.587, 16.582, 16.528, 16.731
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)All 567 federally recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations are eligible to apply for CTAS. While the Department does not track individual beneficiaries, CTAS has received an average of 237 applications per year between FY 2010-2015 and made more than 1,400 grant awards totaling over $620 million.
Length of ProgramFlexible Awards — 1–3 years of funding.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this ProgramSince its launch in 2010, DOJ has made an average of 130 awards per year through CTAS.

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