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FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice (Department) created a 3 percent set-aside in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) receipts allocated to OVC. OVC is responsible for administering grant award programs that are supported by the CVF, including the FY 2018 tribal set-aside.

FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Phase 2

Applicants approved in the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Phase 1 received Grant Award Offers on or before September 30, 2018.

Receipt of a Grant Award Offer allows the applicant to continue their application by completing Phase 2.

To assist applicants with completing Phase 2 of the application process, view a comprehensive list of FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Phase 2 Solicitation FAQs. OVC also hosted two webinars to assist applicants during Phase 2. A recording of the first webinar is available below and a recording of the second webinar is forthcoming.

FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Phase 2 Application Webinar
In this webinar, presenters discuss required Phase 2 documents that every applicant must submit and provide information about additional steps that some applicants are being required to take. A question and answer session concludes the webinar.

FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Phase 2: Budget Detail Worksheet Overview Webinar
This webinar is designed to help applicants complete Phase 2 of the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program application process. This webinar focuses on how to complete the required Budget Detail Worksheet. A question and answer session concludes the webinar.

Consultation with Tribes

Attend the OVC Tribal Listening Session on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to participate in a Tribal Listening Session on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding regarding how potential future tribal set-aside funding from the CVF should be administered.

The session will be held on December 4, 2018, from 1:30–5:30 p.m. on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California and in conjunction with the 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime (December 5–7, 2018).

View an informational paper that provides relevant background and questions for you to consider in advance of the session.

Register online for the Tribal Listening Session on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding. You may also register on-site from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the Listening Session in-person, we strongly encourage you to submit written comments to OVC by 5:00 p.m. (eastern time) on January 31, 2019. Please submit your comments by email at ovctribalsetaside@ojp.usdoj.gov or by first-class mail to:

Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20531
Attn.: Allison Turkel

Past Consultations with Tribes

Prior to the release of the Fiscal Year 2018 tribal set-aside solicitation, the Department held a series of telephone calls with tribal leaders and representatives on June 12, 2018 and June 14, 2018 to discuss the administration of the Fiscal Year 2018 tribal set-aside.

An FY 2018 informational paper provided relevant background information and questions for participants on the calls to consider.

Archived Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program

Under the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation, OVC will award eligible tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees grants to support a wide-range of services for victims of crime.

In developing the scope of activities allowable with this funding, OVC took into account input from tribal leaders and other stakeholders regarding needs for victim services in tribal communities.

Up to $110 million is designated for the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program to support tribes to improve victim services.

This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase application process for this unique program.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application Phase 1 webinar on June 28, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now online:

The solicitation was open through August 6, 2018.

FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program

The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes, their designees, and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community.

OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities. The solicitation was open through July 18, 2018.