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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Enhance Tribal Justice Systems

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.815
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171804
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Important Dates
Deadline: 08/07/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 08/14/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to provide legal assistance to tribes, tribal justice systems, and low-income individuals, and to enhance tribal justice systems. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to build and enhance capacity and improve the delivery of civil and criminal legal assistance to individuals and tribes and to develop policies that improve access to justice systems.

With this solicitation, BJA seeks applications for funding to strengthen and improve the representation of indigent defendants in criminal cases and indigent respondents in civil causes of action under the jurisdiction of Indian tribes, with the ultimate goals of enhancing the operations of tribal justice systems and improving access to those systems by tribal citizens.

Category 1: Civil Legal Assistance Objectives:
  • Expand and improve the quality of civil legal assistance for eligible tribal members, other eligible individuals, federally recognized Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems.
  • Expand and improve the quality of other civil legal assistance to support tribes enhancing their capacity, operations, or legal infrastructure.

Category 2: Criminal Legal Assistance Objectives:

  • Expand and improve the quality of criminal defense representation in criminal proceedings for eligible tribal members, other eligible individuals, federally recognized Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems.
  • Enhance the amount and quality of other legal assistance to support tribes enhancing their criminal legal capacity, operations, or legal infrastructure.



  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofits or 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities that are limited to national or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership consist of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems.

For the purposes of this solicitation, a “tribal justice system” is defined as a federally recognized Indian tribe’s entire judicial branch—including traditional methods and forums for dispute resolution, tribal courts, appellate courts, inter-tribal courts, alternative dispute resolution systems, and circuit rider systems—established by inherent authority, whether it constitutes a court of record.

“Judicial system personnel” are defined as any judge, magistrate, court counselor, court clerk, court administrator, bailiff, probation officer, officer of the court, dispute resolution facilitator, or other official, employee (e.g., tribal defenders and tribal prosecutors), or volunteer within the tribal judicial system.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by August 07, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by August 14, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Category 1: 1 award; Category 2: 1 award

Estimated Size of Grant
- Category 1: up to $1,098,000
- Category 2: up to $1,098,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration: 24 months

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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