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16.608 Tribal Court Assistance Program
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.
To assist tribal governments in the development, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal judicial systems, including inter-tribal court systems.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Planning grants are designed to help tribal governments without tribal judicial systems develop a strategy and implementation plan. Tribes must establish a development team that will guide the development of partnerships and identify local community priorities for the new court. Implementation/enhancement grants are designed to establish a core structure for a tribal court based upon a formal plan, or enhance continuing tribal court personnel, acquiring additional equipment, enhancing prosecution and indigent defense, and other related activities.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments are eligible to apply for and receive funds under this program.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms (SF- 424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Grant may be made for amounts up to 100 per cent of the costs of the program or projects contained in the approved applications.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Unless otherwise specified in the award's special conditions, financial reports are due quarterly and progress reports are due semi-annually; in some cases, evaluation reports may be required.
Account Identification: 15-0404-0-1-754.
In fiscal year 2001, Congress appropriated approximately $7.982 million to continue the tribal court initiative. In April 2001, BJA issued a competitive solicitation announcement calling for potential grantees to submit concept papers. Applications submitted during fiscal year 2001 will request funding under one of two categories: 1) planning for development of tribal courts; and 2) the implementation, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal courts.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide and Handbook 4500.2c, Policies and Procedure for the Administration of OJP Grants, are applicable.
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: