Trible Justice Assistance


Goal: The overall goal of BJAs Tribal Justice Assistance Program is to strengthen tribal justice system capacity by addressing physical infrastructure needs. Objective: To support the critical and priority needs of tribal justice systems, to prevent crime, and to ensure tribal safety through the development, implementation, and enhancement of strategies, including the following: To engage in comprehensive, justice system-wide strategic planning to improve tribal justice and safety, including improving services for victims of crime, improving community wellness, and increasing the ability to prevent crime and respond to violent crime. To prevent and respond to violent crime in tribal communities, including investigations, forensics, prosecutions, information sharing, and supervision and re-entry in coordination with other key federal and state partners. To enhance the tools and resources for tribal prosecutors, courts, and corrections agencies, including tribal probation and tribal jails, and to effectively respond to crime and related tribal safety. To implement enhanced authorities and provisions under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022and to support the development of joint jurisdiction courts with state and local courts. To prevent future crime by addressing the risks and needs of young adults (ages 1825) who are involved with or at risk of involvement with the justice system. To ensure safety through coordinated support for the re-entry of returning tribal members from federal or state prison sentences. To develop, enhance, and continue programs to improve the safety and effectiveness of tribal law enforcement officers such as planning for and developing their own law enforcement agency, law enforcement support as part of a larger strategy, or court security issues such as adding an officer at the courthouse to improve court security. To develop, implement, and enhance substance abuse and crime prevention, interventions, and alternatives to incarceration to address crime related to the opioid epidemic. This can include opioid, alcohol, and other substance use disorder and related crime prevention; healing to wellness courts; intervention; or treatment, including those that prevent and address the needs of drug-endangered children. To address physical tribal justice system infrastructure needs through the renovation, expansion or construction of single jurisdiction or regional tribal justice-related facilities. Performance Measure 1: Number of tribes that have implemented or enhanced tribal courts; alternative justice courts; prevention, diversion or alternatives to incarceration programs; treatment programs; institutional or community corrections; reentry programs; or law enforcement. Performance Measure 2: Number of Grantees that developed a final written strategic/action plan; Performance Measure 3: Number of tribes that have completed a justice infrastructure project with grant funds; and, Performance Measure 4: Number of renovation, expansion, or new permanent facility projects completed with grant funds.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, Statute 134,1182, 1258
Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2022, Public Law 117-103, Statute 136,49, 126
Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2023, Public Law 117-328
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only Federally recognized Indian tribes or consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally recognized Indian tribes may apply.
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL); Program Abstract; Tribal Community and Justice Profile; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are submitted through DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants). BJA will use external peer reviewers to evaluate, score, and rate the applications submitted under this solicitation that meet eligibility and basic minimum requirements. An external peer reviewer is an expert in the field of the subject matter of a given grant program who is not a current federal employee. Peer reviewers' ratings and any resulting recommendations are advisory only, although their views are considered carefully. Past performance with DOJ grant funding will be considered in this review process.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants). The grant award must be accepted electronically by the receiving organizations authorized official in JustGrants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Planning, implementing or enhancing tribal justice systems.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
Not applicable.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds for each fiscal year will be awarded for a period of up to 60 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post Award Instructions (
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Julius Dupree
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 Seventh Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: (202) 616-6500 or 1-866-859-2687

Trish Thackston
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202-616-6500 or 1-866-859-2647
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22 FY 23 FY 24 FY 21 FY 20$9,558,615.00; FY 19$9,253,039.00; FY 18$9,706,336.00; FY 17$8,684,426.00; - Tribal Victims Assistance Grants (set aside of up to 5% in the FY 2021 and FY 2022 Enacted and in the FY 2023 Request)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Approximately $9,000,000 is available under this program each FY. Suggested award amounts range between $1,000,000 (single jurisdiction projects) and $4,000,000 (multiple jurisdictional projects).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Office of Justice Programs funding opportunities Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions (, applicable OMB Circulars and regulations, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 BJA funded six applicants to strengthen justice system capacity through the renovation or expansion of multi-purpose justice centers, courts, police departments, a regional treatment facility, and a transitional living facility.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 18, BJA fund nine applicants to strengthen justice system capacity the renovation, expansion, or replacement (prefabricated or permanent modular buildings) projects to include four courts, three multi-purpose justice centers, one detention center, and one residential treatment facility.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 19, BJA will fund up to nine applicants to strengthen justice system capacity through the renovation, expansion, or replacement (prefabricated or permanent modular buildings) of tribal justice facilities to include courts, multi-purpose justice centers, police departments, treatment centers, transitional living facilities, and detention centers.
Fiscal Year 2021 The Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP), which is Purpose Area 4 under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), assists tribes in developing effective strategies to cost effectively renovate, expand, or replace existing facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction. To learn more about TJSIP visit and to learn more about CTAS, visit:
Fiscal Year 2022 • Expanding a tribal courthouse include an annex building that meets the Office for Victims of Crime program standards needed for crime victims and survivors; • Remodeling an existing police station to include an expansion of an evidence room, enhancements to singular offices for investigators to provide more privacy and confidentiality; and sound proofing upgrades to interview space; and • Expanding a government administration building to serve as a regional tribal justice center. • Purchasing a permanent modular facility to serve as a department of public safety to address the historic lack of a law enforcement agency.


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