Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training and Technical Assistance

The two-fold objective is to 1) enhance tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems through legal services and 2) provide training and technical assistance for the development and enhancement of tribal justice systems.

Related Programs16.587 Violence Against Women Discretionary Grants for Indian Tribal Governments; 16.608 Tribal Court Assistance Program; 16.616 Indian Country Alcohol and Drug Prevention; 16.731 Tribal Youth Program; 16.812 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative

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.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Montana Legal Services Association $ 600,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Montana Legal Services Association $ 600,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Montana Legal Services Association $ 900,000   2018-10-012020-09-30
Montana Legal Services Association $ 900,000   2018-10-012020-09-30
Native American Rights Fund $ 1,801,329   2015-10-012019-09-30
Native American Rights Fund $ 1,200,000   2015-10-012018-09-30
Native American Rights Fund $ 1,243,197   2013-10-012017-09-30
Native American Rights Fund $ 1,113,193   2013-10-012017-09-30
Tulalip Foundation $ 253,548   2013-10-012016-09-30
Mitchell Hamline School Of Law $ 283,394   2013-10-012015-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Tribal Legal Assistance Grants: Applications are solicited to provide civil or criminal legal assistance services for low income individuals pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems.

Civil legal assistance services may include tribal civil proceedings, but are not limited to, guardian ad-litem appointments, court-appointed special advocates, and development and enhancement of judicial services such as policies, procedures, and code and other activities within Chapter 38A of 25 of U.S.C. Criminal legal assistance services may include tribal criminal proceedings such as adult criminal actions, juvenile delinquency actions, and guardian ad-litem appointments arising out of criminal delinquency acts or development and enhancement of judicial policies, procedures, and code and other activities within Chapter 38A of 25 of U.S.C.

Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Grants: Applications are solicited to provide the following deliverables: ? Develop and implement a plan to compile a needs assessment; ? Plan and conduct two training events based on gaps in service currently provided to tribal justice systems in priority area(s) defined in solicitation; ? Provide ongoing technical assistance (TA) to legal assistance grantees, tribal justice systems and others resources permitting.

TA format include, but are not limited to, onsite TA visits, telephone, distance learning, web-based, video or written assistance; ? Develop and disseminate up to three publications; ? Attend and present at Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), national DOJ events or other approved priority event; ? Provide travel resources to TCCLA trainings or other approved event or training; and ? Coordinate with the BJA TTA partners, including the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center, DOJ TA partners and other partners and federal agencies as appropriate to the projects.

A final TA plan will be developed in conjunction with and approved by BJA.

The TTA provider must coordinate with DOJ Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance providers including the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center; support DOJ?s Tribal Justice and Safety website and other BJA Tribal specific websites.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants for Tribal Legal Assistance Grants are limited to non-profit organizations, as defined by (Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3)), including tribal enterprises and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities), with experience providing legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, federally-recognized Indian tribes, or tribal justice systems.

Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Grants: Applicants are limited to national or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership or a membership section consists of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems.

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.

Tribal justice systems are defined as a federally recognized Indian tribe?s entire judicial branch, including traditional methods and forums for dispute resolution, trial courts, appellate courts, inter-tribal courts, alternative dispute resolution systems, and circuit rider systems, established by inherent tribunal authority whether or not they constitute a court of record.

Beneficiary Eligibility



Please check the annual solicitation requirements available at the OJP website ( and Frequently Asked Questions at the BJA?s TCCLA webpage ( for documentation such as a tribal agreement or verification by non-profits that they have 501(c)(3) status. Applicants are requested to attach an Internal Revenue Service determination letter recognizing the applicant as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status identified as a public charity classification. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See current fiscal year?s solicitation available at

Award Procedures

BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP, 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 OJP. Due to the small number of applicants, BJA may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations.


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


Program authorized by the Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 2000, Title I (25 USC 3661, et seq.) and an act appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. See current fiscal year?s solicitation available at


There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. Please see section 28 CFR Part 18.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Award project periods are up to 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: DOJ Grants Financial Guide (, and for post award instructions. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.

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.


In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,200,000; FY 17 est $1,200,000; and FY 18 est $1,200,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The awards vary by fiscal year and resources appropriated. Please see the solicitation for funding amounts at FY 15: $150,000 - $625,000 FY 16: $600,000 FY 17: $200,000 - $600,000 (estimate).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program webpage (https:/ For information on four highlighted TCCLA grantees, read the Emerging Practices in Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance publication, found at:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Norena Henry U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 1-202-927-5657

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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