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SMART FY 2021 Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program

Grants to USA States and Tribes to Implement
and Maintain Public Safety Registries

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories states and Tribes to develop and maintain public safety registries. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for a range of projects that assist jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requirements.

The AWA Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement SORNA requirements. SORNA requires: 1) all states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories and participating federally recognized Indian tribes to maintain a sex offender registry; and 2) sex offenders to register and maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the offender lives, works or goes to school.

Under the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program, the SMART Office funds projects to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The program works to improve public sex offender registry systems to support and maintain SORNA compliance.

The goals of the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program are to:

  • Facilitate, enhance and maintain jurisdictional implementation of SORNA;
  • Provide training and technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing SORNA; and
  • Facilitate information sharing and access among states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia.

For further details on objectives and deliverables, see

In FY 2021 and in addition to executing any program-specific prioritization that may be applicable, OJP will give priority consideration to applications as follows:

  • Applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face.
  • Applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.
  • Applications that offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151790

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $400,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2021
- Period of performance duration: 36 months


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), State governments

For the purposes of this solicitation, eligible applicants are limited to jurisdictions that are defined by SORNA as states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that are eligible per 34 U.S.C. § 20929 to carry out the functions of SORNA and have elected to do so.

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Tribal applicants must demonstrate eligibility status by indicating that the tribe has elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA (see 34 U.S.C. § 20911(10)), and has not had its registration duties under SORNA delegated since that election. Tribes that have elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA must submit a tribal resolution that documents the tribe’s election to do so.

The SMART Office will prioritize funding to the following:
1. State and territorial applicants that have already implemented SORNA.
2. Tribal applicants that have implemented SORNA, submitted a SORNA substantial implementation package to the SMART Office for review, or submitted a request for additional time to implement SORNA.
3. Tribal applicants that have not implemented SORNA, but whose SORNA registration activities have not been delegated to the state, if the funds are being used to move the tribe closer to substantial implementation.
4. State applicants who have not implemented SORNA, but whose application request is for activities that will be used to further their efforts to implement SORNA.
5. Jurisdictions that have not previously received funding under this program.

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by March 1, 2021.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, March 15, 2021.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to OJP in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants must register with and will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

SMART FY 21 AWA Implementation Grant Program Application Guidance:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at the customer support webpage, or email at The Customer Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants service desk at 833-872-5175 or at JustGrants Support operates from 5 a.m.– 9 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Eastern Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the SMART Office at 202-514-4689 or at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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