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Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.025
Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 15, 2021
Application: Mar 26, 2021

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This program provides grant support and technical assistance to Tribes for planning, developing, and implementing changes in tribal criminal justice systems necessary to exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ). The program encourages coordinated collaboration of the entire tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to incorporate systemic change that ensures victim safety and Indian and non-Indian offender accountability.

Funds can be used for one or more of the following:

  • To strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising SDVCJ including law enforcement, prosecution, trial and appellate courts, probation systems, detention and correctional facilities, alternative rehabilitation centers, culturally appropriate services and assistance for victims and their families, criminal codes and rules of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and evidence
  • To provide indigent criminal defendants with licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe prosecutes a crime of domestic violence or dating violence or a criminal violation of a protection order
  • To ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe exercises SDVCJ, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements
  • To provide victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described in section 3771(a) of Title 18

Federally recognized Native American tribal governments are eligible to apply.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award amount: $450,000 for new awards and $300,000 for continuation awards
Expected number of awards: 10
Project period: 3 years, with an option for a 2 year non-competitive supplement for a total of 5 years
Estimated total program funding: $3,400,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through Applications are submitted through a two-step process with the SF-424 and SF-LLL due in on March 26, 2021 and the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) due on March 30, 2021.

While not required, potential applicants are encouraged to email a letter of intent to by March 15, 2020. The letter should confirm that the applicant has registered with SAM and

Applicant information session
February 9, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern
Register by February 8th via email to or call 202.307.6026

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · American Indian or Alaska Native · Criminal justice system · Human services

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