Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program


Goals: To assist states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories, tribes and local jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; to support other grant programs authorized by the AWA; and to provide for the maintenance and operation of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW). Objectives: SORNA requires: 1) all states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories and federally recognized American Indian tribes that are eligible under SORNA to carry out the functions of SORNA and to maintain a sex offender registry; and 2) sex offenders to register and maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the offender lives, works and goes to school. SORNA also sets forth requirements for sex offender registries to include specified required information, duration of registration and in-person verification of sex offender identity as well as participation in the NSOPW. NSOPW links to state, territory and tribal public sex offender registries, allowing nationwide searches for registered sex offenders.

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
Fiscal Year 2018 In fiscal year 2018, SMART received 58 applications under the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program solicitation, and funded 47.
Fiscal Year 2019 In fiscal year 2019, SMART received one application for the Maintenance and Operation of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website solicitation. In addition, SMART received 62 applications under the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program solicitation. At the time of publishing, award decisions had not been determined.
and, an act appropriating funds for the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in the current fiscal year., Title Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA), Title I, Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, Public Law 116-6, 133 U.S.C. 13, 113
34 U.S.C. 20901
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Federally recognized Indian tribes who have elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA. Only applicant jurisdictions that are enhancing, maintaining, or working towards substantial implementation of SORNA are eligible to apply for AWA Implementation Grants. Nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning may apply for training and technical assistance and other AWA-authorized grant programs. For sex offender management fellowships, eligible applicants include individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State (including the District of Columbia), local governments (through funds granted to States), U.S. territory and tribal government agencies that have sex offender registry and tracking responsibilities. For training and technical assistance funds: nonprofit and for-profit organizations with experience in SORNA implementation and sex offender management practices. For NSOPW: nonprofit and/or for-profit organizations with experience in providing web site development, hosting and management, web services, service-oriented architecture, and distributed information sharing systems.
Applications must meet the requirements of the program solicitation, which sets forth application deadlines and documentation required. The application must include Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), Program Narrative, Budget Detail Worksheet and other critical elements identified. This information may be found in the solicitation section, "What an Application Should Include." In addition to the standard requirements, an application may be asked to include timelines, r'esum'es, letters of support, etc. 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. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs Funding Resource Center at
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Contact the SMART Office or refer to the solicitation for application deadlines. Deadlines are included with the application instructions, which are posted on the Office of Justice Programs Funding Resource Center page at
See 28 CFR Part 18.
Awards are for 24 months unless otherwise noted.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the funding announcement on the OJP Funding Resource Center page at
How may assistance be used?
The AWA Implementation grant funds must be used to 1) assist jurisdictions in implementing or maintaining requirements of SORNA or to support the adoption of effective sex offender management practices. Funds must be used to develop or enhance sex offender registration, tracking and notification programs in jurisdictions for the purpose of substantial implementation of SORNA; and/or to support training and technical assistance regarding SORNA implementation and other effective sex offender management practices; and 2) fund sex offender management fellowship opportunities in the SMART Office
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.
Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping and systems of internal control.
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 three years following the close of the most recent audit. For additional guidance, visit the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, Retention and Access Requirements for Records page at
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 24 months unless otherwise noted. Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide at and Postaward Instructions at
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Portia Graham
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
SMART Office
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202-307-2964
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$25,519,498.00; FY 19 est $20,000,000.00; FY 20 est $20,000,000.00; FY 17$16,883,370.00; FY 16$22,189,609.00; - FY18 obligations are inclusive of the SORNA Penalty totaling $6,675,035
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Up to $400,000 each for Adam Walsh Act (AWA) Implementation grants, up to $1,000,000 for the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), up to $1,000,000 for tribal training and technical assistance and $150,000 per fellowship opportunity
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Office of Justice Programs web site (; Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions (, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in 2 CFR 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 SORNA implementation activities: • Funding provided under this program has assisted with implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), increased the number of jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA and has provided assistance to criminal justice professionals across the entire spectrum of sex offender management activities needed to ensure public safety. • Funding under this program has also supported the development and deployment of no-cost software programs to jurisdictions to help manage their sex offender registries and serve as their public-facing registry websites.


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