Since 1989, the Federal Assistance Division of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has used the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (CJA) grant program to provide funding to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities for improving their ability to manage serious child abuse cases.

The CJA grant program’s goals are twofold: To help AI/AN communities develop strategies for handling cases of child sexual abuse from initial disclosure through investigation to prosecution and case resolution and to assist in the creation of specialized services and child-friendly procedures for reducing further trauma to AI/AN child victims.


OVC provides ongoing funding to support CJA initiatives. During a competitive award cycle, grantees submit applications for peer review and award consideration. During a noncompetitive cycle, continuation funding is made available to award recipients for program implementation. All funding for the CJA program is based on an applicant’s submission and performance and is contingent on the availability of funding for the fiscal year. Each grant award includes a requirement that the grantee match the award by either a cash or in-kind contribution.


Eligible applicants are federally recognized Indian tribes and nonprofit tribal organizations. These awards will be limited to tribal organizations as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, 25 U.S.C., § 450(b). Under this provision, the definition of “tribal organization” is the recognized governing body of any Indian tribe, to include any legally established organization of Indians that is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body, or that is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization, and that includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities.

Training and Technical Assistance

To ensure that all tribal programs receive the training and technical assistance (TTA) necessary to implement successful programs, OVC provides funding for a TTA component. The recipient of the TTA award provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate training designed to aid CJA grantees with program development and foster skill building among them. These skills enhance the grantee’s ability to develop, establish, and operate grant programs specifically designed to improve the investigation, prosecution, and overall handling of severe physical and sexual child abuse cases. The TTA provider will conduct a needs assessment to identify, categorize, and prioritize training delivery for all CJA grantees. Indepth expert advice and training will be provided to all CJA grantees through onsite program reviews and/or regional training sessions. In addition, the TTA provider and the OVC program manager will provide ongoing technical assistance, resource materials, and specialized cluster meetings as needed.

Activities Funded Through CJA

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