Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program

To assist State, local, and tribal jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; to support other grant programs authorized by

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the AWA, and to provide for the maintenance and operation of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW).

In summary, SORNA requires: (1) all States, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S.

territories, and federally recognized American Indian tribes that are eligible under SORNA section 127 to carry out the functions of SORNA and to maintain a sex offender registry; and (2) sex offenders to register and maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the offender resides, is an employee, and is a student.

SORNA also sets forth requirements for sex offender registries to include: specified required information, duration of registration, and in-person verification of sex offender identity as well as participation in the NSOPW.

NSOPW links to state, territory, and tribal public sex offender registries thus allowing nation-wide searches for registered sex offenders.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ohio Office Of Criminal Justice Services $ 300,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Justice, Montana Dept Of $ 325,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Menominee Indian Tribe Of Wisconsin $ 400,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Salt River Pima-maricopa Indian Community Educational Se, The $ 393,962   2021-10-012024-09-30
State Police, Louisiana Department Of $ 399,540   2021-10-012024-09-30
Wyandotte Nation $ 319,634   2021-10-012024-09-30
Correction, Indiana Dept Of $ 267,973   2021-10-012024-09-30
Attorney General Of Ohio $ 399,858   2021-10-012024-09-30
Pennsylvania Commission On Crime And Delinquency $ 400,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Quinault Indian Nation $ 357,324   2021-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The AWA Implementation grant funds must be used to 1) assist jurisdictions in implementing or maintaining requirements of SORNA or to support the adoption of effective sex offender management practices.

Funds must be used to develop or enhance sex offender registration, tracking and notification programs in jurisdictions for the purpose of substantial implementation of SORNA; and/or to support training and technical assistance regarding SORNA implementation and other effective sex offender management practices; and 2) fund sex offender management fellowship opportunities in the SMART Office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Federally recognized Indian tribes who have elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA.

Only applicant jurisdictions that are enhancing, maintaining, or working towards substantial implementation of SORNA are eligible to apply for AWA Implementation Grants.

Nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning may apply for training and technical assistance and other AWA-authorized grant programs. For sex offender management fellowships, eligible applicants include individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State (including the District of Columbia), local governments (through funds granted to States), U.S. territory and tribal government agencies that have sex offender registry and tracking responsibilities. For training and technical assistance funds: nonprofit and for-profit organizations with experience in SORNA implementation and sex offender management practices. For NSOPW: nonprofit and/or for-profit organizations with experience in providing web site development, hosting and management, web services, service-oriented architecture, and distributed information sharing systems.


Applications must meet the requirements of the program solicitation, which sets forth application deadlines and documentation required. The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. This information may be found in the solicitation section, ?What an Application Should Include.? In addition to the standard requirements, an application may include timelines, resumes, letters of support, etc. Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E ? Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Contact the SMART Office or refer to the solicitation for application deadlines. Deadlines are included with the application instructions, which are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site (


See 28 CFR Part 18.


Awards are for 24 months unless otherwise noted.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds for each fiscal year will be awarded for a period of 24 months unless otherwise noted. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Office of Justice Programs? Financial Guide 2011 ( and Post Award Instructions (

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Semi-annual progress reports and final reports are required.

Quarterly financial reports are required.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.


See 2 CFR 200 for the government-wide requirements for maintenance of records by grant recipients.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $22,189,609; FY 17 est $21,000,000; and FY 18 est $21,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Up to $400K for AWA grants; NSOPW, TTSORS, Exchange Portal up to $1 million, and $150K per fellowship opportunity.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs web site (; Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions (, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in 2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

SMART Office U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs SMART Office 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 514-4689

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at

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