Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training and Technical Assistance
Goal(s): The two-fold goal is to 1) enhance tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems through legal services and 2) provide training and technical assistance for the development and enhancement of tribal justice systems. Objectives: The objective varies, see the solicitation. For example, for Fiscal Year 2018, the TCCLA solicitation focused on development, implementation, and enhancement of Holistic Defense initiative, a new approach to traditional defense representation. This new approach addresses the immediate case, collateral and legal matters and underlying issues of life (e.g. substance abuse). An interdisciplinary team work together to assist this defendant or client. The defense attorney and its client may be joined by social services, civil attorney, tribal cultural expert, or other discipline. This new approach provides a chance for tribes to weave tribal values and culture while provides direct services to the client to become a contributing member of their community. This initiative supports those Indian tribes who are implementing either the Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction of the Violence Against Women?s Act or Enhanced Sentencing Authority of the Tribal Law and Order Act or seeking new defense strategies that can incorporate healing principles.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Current and planned TCCLA program accomplishments are found at the TCCLA webpage (https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=102#horizontalTab6).Fiscal Year 2018
For FY 2018, it was anticipated that six applications will be received. BJA made three awards (2 site-based, 1 TTA) ranging from $300,000 to $600,000.Fiscal Year 2019
For FY 2019 TCCLA funding has not been determined. The President’s budget included a tribal set aside for up to $93.8 million to support tribal public safety and justice assistance programs.
Program authorized by the Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 2000, Title I (25 USC 3661, et seq.) and an act appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the current fiscal year.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants for Tribal Legal Assistance Grants are limited to non-profit organizations, as defined by (Internal Revenue Code SS 501(c)(3)), including tribal enterprises and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities), with experience providing legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, federally-recognized Indian tribes, or tribal justice systems. 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 OJP website (https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/SolicitationRequirements/index.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 an Internal Revenue Service determination letter recognizing the applicant as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status identified as a public charity classification.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/index.htm or 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 OJP. 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See current fiscal year's solicitation available at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/index.htm or www.bja.gov.
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. Please see section 28 CFR Part 18.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Tribal Legal Assistance Grants: Applications are solicited to provide civil or criminal legal assistance services for low income individuals pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems. Civil legal assistance services may include tribal civil proceedings, 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.
Criminal legal assistance services may include tribal criminal proceedings such as 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.
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 Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), national DOJ events or other approved priority event;
• Provide travel resources to TCCLA trainings or other approved event or training; and
• Coordinate with the BJA TTA partners, including the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center, DOJ 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 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
Award project periods are up to 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: DOJ Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm), and for post award instructions.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$1,400,000.00; FY 19 est $1,200,000.00; FY 20 est $1,200,000.00; FY 17$1,200,000.00; FY 16$1,200,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The awards vary by fiscal year and resources appropriated. Please see the solicitation for current fiscal year funding amounts at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/index.htm or www.bja.gov. Range: FY 18: $300,000 - $600,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program webpage (https:/www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=102). For information on four highlighted TCCLA grantees, read the Emerging Practices in Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance publication, found at: https://naicja.wildapricot.org/resources/Pictures/Final%20Revised%20Emerging%20Practices%2011.8.2016%20copy.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Legal aid, civil legal assistance, Indigent defense, criminal defense counsel services, criminal legal assistance, veterans’ clinic, project-based activities such as code development, intergovernmental collaborative activities. Criminal and civil legal assistance training and technical assistance for grantees and partnering tribes or tribal justice systems and, if resources allow, other tribes.Fiscal Year 2018
Legal aid, civil legal assistance, Indigent defense, criminal defense counsel services, criminal legal assistance, veterans’ clinic, project-based activities such as code development, intergovernmental collaborative activities. Criminal and civil legal assistance training and technical assistance (TTA) for grantees and partnering tribes or tribal justice systems and, if resources allow, other tribes. For Fiscal Year 2018, holistic defense model for criminal defense will be sponsored.