Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training and Technical Assistance
The two-fold objective is 1) to enhance tribal courts systems and improve access to civil and criminal courts systems through legal services and 2) to support the development and enhancement of tribal justice systems.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
The Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 2000 (Pub. L. No. 106-559), as amended, codified at 25 USC 3661, et seq.; and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. , Public Law 106-559, 2778 Stat. , 25 U.S.C 3661.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants in Category 1, Tribal Civil Legal Assistance and Category 2, Tribal Criminal Legal Assistance are limited to non-profit organizations, as defined by (Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.) § 501(c)(3)), including tribal enterprises and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities), that provide legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, federally-recognized Indian tribes, or tribal justice systems.
For Category 3: Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Grants: Applicants are limited to national or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership or a membership section consists of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems. Judicial system personnel are defined as any judge, magistrate, court counselor, court clerk, court administrator, bailiff, probation officer, officer of the court, dispute resolution facilitator, or other official, employee (e.g., tribal defenders and tribal prosecutors), or volunteer within the tribal judicial system.
Tribal justice systems are defined as a federally recognized Indian tribe’s entire judicial branch—including traditional methods and forums for dispute resolution, trial courts, appellate courts, inter-tribal courts, alternative dispute resolution systems, and circuit rider systems—established by inherent tribunal authority whether or not they constitute a court of record.
Please check the annual solicitation requirements available at the Office of Justice Programs website (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and Frequently Asked Questions at the BJA’s TCCLA webpage (https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=102) for documentation such as a tribal agreement or verification by non-profits that they have 501(c)(3) status.
Applicants are requested to attach and I.R.S. determination letter recognizing the applicant as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status identified as a public charity classification. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.bja.gov.
BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP, 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.
Due to the small number of applicants, BJA may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See current fiscal year’s solicitation available at www.bja.gov.
For Formula awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18. 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.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Category 1: Tribal Civil Legal Assistance Grants: Applications are solicited to provide civil legal assistance services for members of federally-recognized Indian tribes (Indian tribes) pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems. These services may include, but are not limited to, guardian ad-litem appointments, court-appointed special advocates, and development and enhancement of judicial services such as policies, procedures, and code and other activities within Chapter 38A of 25 of U.S.C.
Category 2: Tribal Criminal Legal Assistance Grants: Applications are solicited to provide criminal legal assistance services for low income individuals pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems. Services may include adult criminal actions, juvenile delinquency actions, and guardian ad-litem appointments arising out of criminal delinquency acts or development and enhancement of judicial policies, procedures, and code and other activities within Chapter 38A of 25 of U.S.C.
For Category 3: Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Grants: Applications are solicited to provide the following deliverables:
•Develop and implement a plan to compile a needs assessment;
•Plan and conduct two training events based on gaps in service currently provided to tribal justice systems in priority area(s) defined in solicitation;
•Provide ongoing technical assistance (TA) to legal assistance grantees, tribal justice systems and others resources permitting. TA format include, but are not limited to, onsite TA visits, telephone, distance learning, web-based, video or written assistance;
•Develop and disseminate up to three publications;
•Attend and present at BJA, national DOJ events or other approved priority event;
•Provide travel resources to TCCLA trainings or other approved event/training; and
•Coordinate with the BJA TTA partners, including the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center, DOJ Justice TA partners and other partners and federal agencies as appropriate to the projects.
A final TA plan will be developed in conjunction with and approved by BJA. The TTA provider must coordinate with DOJ Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance providers including the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center; support OJP’s Tribal Justice and Safety website and other BJA Tribal specific websites.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial 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.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award project periods are up to 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/index.htm), and 2015 DOJ Grants Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and post award instructions in each guide. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Norena Henry U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov
(Project Grants) FY 14 $1,596,285; FY 15 est $1,575,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The awards vary by fiscal year and resources appropriated. Please see the solicitation for funding amounts at www.bja.gov.
FY 14: $121,779 - $715,944
FY 15: $ 150,000 - $625,000 (est.)
FY 16: Not yet available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
An Overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program and Resources (https://www.bja.gov/Publications/TCCLA_Overview.pdf). Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program webpage (https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=102).
Examples of Funded Projects