The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative, together with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to announce the Accessing Grants to Strengthen Justice System Capacity Workshop. This workshop will be held January 18-19, 2017, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided by DOJ’s Office of Legal Education. There is no tuition charged for this training.
In Fiscal Year 2010, the Department of Justice (Department) launched its Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) in direct response to concerns raised by tribal leaders regarding the Department’s grant process and how it did not provide the flexibility tribes needed to address criminal justice and public safety needs in their communities. Through CTAS, federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia were able, for the first time ever, to submit a single application for most of the Justice Department’s tribal grant programs. The Department designed this comprehensive approach to save time and resources and to allow tribes and the Department to gain a better understanding of the tribes’ overall public safety needs.
In Fiscal Year 2016, the department awarded 236 CTAS grants to 131 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees. The grants provided more than $102 million to enhance law enforcement practices, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing, justice systems planning, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, violence against women, juvenile justice, and tribal youth programs.
This workshop is designed to provide previous and new CTAS applicants with tools and guidance that may assist with the tribe’s efforts to access grant funding and other resources to improve their justice systems. Workshop sessions will be led by Department personnel and experienced technical assistance providers and will focus on topics such as: 1) strategic planning to support a strong program design; 2) writing a proposal; 3) grant writing tips; and 4) DOJ funding opportunities and training and technical assistance resources.
Applicants will be notified in several weeks whether or not they were accepted into the class. Please note that a separate class is being held in Alaska. Thus, applications from Alaska will not be considered for the South Carolina training.
Deadline for submission is November 28, 2016.