Funds available to tribes to improve safety

BISMARCK North Dakota’s tribes can apply for federal funds that can be used to support crime prevention, public safety and victim services.

The U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for the department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation grant program. The federal funds can be used to help support needed efforts among tribes, including serving sexual assault, domestic violence and elder victims; bolstering law enforcement as well as adult and juvenile justice systems; supporting efforts to reduce crime; and preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said, “The Department of Justice offers grants that could help Native children and families get the support they need, and create comprehensive and coordinated programs that better serve Native families. Improving the conditions of our tribal communities is a must, and I know our tribes are working to bring about real results. These funds could help.”

The DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women, one of three offices that administer the CTAS grant, is authorized through the Violence Against Women Act.

Applicants must register online on the DOJ’s Grants Management System no later than March 4.