New! Tribal Special Assistant United States Attorney Program

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced a new Tribal Special Assistant United States Attorney Program, supported through the recently-announced FY18 Supporting Innovation: Field Initiated Programs Solicitation. Here’s the details:

To further the Administration’s commitment to locally-driven public safety solutions and to being responsive to critical emerging issues, BJA is seeking applications for Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety. BJA has created this program to launch a robust and creative grant funding stream for the field. Supporting Innovation invites applicants to develop and test solutions that will improve officer and public safety and save lives.

This year, under the focus area, Strategies that address the needs created by violent crime related to tribes and tribal members, BJA seeks applications from federally-recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and Alaska villages to fund a range of strategies to address violent crime. This is BJA Director Jon Adler’s response to feedback during the OJP consultation held Feb. 15, 2018 with tribal leaders. BJA is seeking ideas from tribes and other partners in the field on ideas you have for innovative strategies to address this critical issue.

One area where BJA is very committed to making significant investments and is actively seeking applications are strategies to increase the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes on tribal lands and to tribal members, with a particular focus on expanding the use of tribal prosecutors - U.S. Attorney partnerships. Under these agreements, BJA would support resources to hire law trained tribal prosecutors that would serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (Tribal SAUSA). While the Office for Violence Against Women has funded tribal prosecutors to focus on crimes they are authorized to support, the Department has not supported Tribal SAUSAs to focus on prosecutions of other major crimes, including murder, gang and gun crime, and drug-related violent crime.

Applicants are required to coordinate with the district U.S. Attorney in the application process and must document this coordination in the application submission. BJA expects to make at least 10 awards of up to $500,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on Oct. 1, 2018.

Lessons learned from these projects can serve as models for the nation’s criminal justice system regarding reducing violent crime, including violent crime related to tribes and tribal members, and addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Applications are due July 30, 2018. For more information and to access the solicitation online, visit

As a reminder, BJA has a plethora of other funding opportunities currently open and available to federally-recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and Alaska villages. For a complete listing of open BJA and other Office of Justice Programs funding opportunities, visit

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