FY 2019 Tribal Set-Aside
In February 2019, Congress authorized a tribal set-aside of $167.65 million to provide grants to improve services for victims of crime in tribal communities, consistent with the requirements of the Victims of Crime Act. The FY 2019 Consolidated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) solicitation (Purpose Area 7, the Tribal Victim Services Program), which closed in March, was one way for tribes to access this funding.
Other specialized solicitations that OVC will be posting this spring (related to law enforcement, victim services, elder abuse, human trafficking, assisting children victimized due to their parent’s opioid abuse, and other programs) will include designated funding just for tribal applicants; visit https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/Solicitation.aspx periodically to view current funding opportunities. OVC continues to explore other options for programming this dedicated funding to enhance victim services for American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims.
May 2019 Consultation with Tribes
OVC invited Alaska tribal leaders and representatives to participate in the Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding. This event was held on May 1, 2019 during the 36th Annual Tribal Courts Conference.
A framing paper provided relevant background and questions for participants at the consultation to consider.
Whether you were able to attend the consultation in Fairbanks or not, OVC encourages Alaska tribal leaders and representatives to submit written comments on how potential future tribal set-aside funding from the CVF should be administered. Comments must be submitted to OVC by 5:00 p.m. (eastern time) on July 1, 2019.
Please submit your comments by email to email@example.com 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
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.
2018 Consultation with Tribes
OVC invited 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 was 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).
An informational paper on the December 4, 2018, session provided relevant background and questions for participants at the session to consider.
Additionally, 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
FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS): Purpose Area 7
CTAS provides comprehensive funding to federally recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization.
The Tribal Victim Services Program (Purpose Area #7) provides funding to support a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, victim-centered response to crime that emphasizes adopting a trauma-informed approach to the delivery of crime victim services. Funding supports a range of activities including needs assessments, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities to address the victim service needs of tribes.
Visit the CTAS solicitation website to learn more. Applications for this solicitation were due at 9:00 p.m. e.t. on March 12, 2019.
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.
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.
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.