Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Implementation


To assist tribal governments in implementing the Special Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction which was created by section 904 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and amended/expanded by section 804 of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Boards and Divisions Offices, Office On Violence Against Women, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
25 U.S.C. 1304(h)(2)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include the tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers.
Specific criteria for the program are provided in an annual solicitation available at www.justice.gov/OVW.
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. Applicants must apply through the on-line Grants.gov portal and the Department of Justice's JustGrants System.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency. The Authorized Representative must accept the award online.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.
Not applicable.
Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for award selection is specified in the program solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
Grants can be used for the following purposes: (1) to strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising special Tribal criminal jurisdiction, including— (A) law enforcement (including the capacity of law enforcement, court personnel, or other non-law enforcement entities that have no Federal or State arrest authority but have been designated by an Indian tribe as responsible for maintaining public safety within the territorial jurisdiction of the Indian tribe, to enter information into and obtain information from national crime information databases); (B) prosecution; (C) trial and appellate courts (including facilities maintenance, renovation, and rehabilitation); (D) supervision systems; (E) detention and corrections (including facilities maintenance, renovation, and rehabilitation); (F) treatment, rehabilitation, and reentry programs and services; (G) culturally appropriate services and assistance for victims and their families; and (H) criminal codes and rules of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and evidence; (2) to provide indigent criminal defendants with the licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe prosecutes covered crimes; (3) to ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe exercises special Tribal criminal jurisdiction, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements; and (4) to accord victims of covered crimes rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described in section 3771 (a) of title 18, consistent with tribal law and custom.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Semi-annual performance reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.
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
Information regarding length of awards will be included in an annual solicitation for the program. Funds are released on an as needed basis to the grantee. Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Ayesha Gaston
145 N. St. NE
Washington, DC 20530 USA
Phone: 2023076026
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$3,676,247.00; FY 23 est $3,448,236.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $450,000 - $500,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/how-to-apply-for-ovw-funding. Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-management.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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