U.S. Department of Justice: Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program
The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public by establishing a comprehensive national system of standards for the registration and notification of convicted sex offenders.
SORNA requires 1) all states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories, and participating federally recognized Indian tribes 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, or is a student. SORNA also sets forth requirements for sex offender registries, to include specified information, duration of registration, and in-person verification of sex offender registration information, as well as participation in the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW.gov) and inter-jurisdictional notification of relocating offenders.
The SMART Office is interested in proposals that facilitate, enhance, and maintain jurisdictional implementation of SORNA. For each purpose area below, applications must include how the proposed project will further SORNA implementation. Where specified, eligible applicants may submit an application to more than one purpose area; however, applications must not duplicate focus areas, approaches, and/or methodologies.
- Purpose Area 1: Maintaining and Enhancing SORNA Substantial Implementation in States, Territories, and Tribal Jurisdictions: Applications are solicited from eligible jurisdictions interested in reaching, maintaining, or enhancing SORNA implementation.
- Purpose Area 2: Support for SORNA Implementation in Counties: Applications are solicited from eligible entities that seek to improve sex offender registration, address verification activities, and assure sex offender registry official safety at the county level in states that have substantially implemented SORNA.
- Purpose Area 3: Support for Implementation and Integration of the Sex Offender Registry Tool (SORT): Applications are solicited from eligible applicants that choose to utilize the SMART-developed SORT as their sex offender registry system and have associated costs related to the implementation and integration of SORT. Applicants must either currently be using SORT or plan to do so if selected for this award.
Amount: The SMART Office expects to make the following awards:
- Purpose Area 1 – Up to 30 awards of up to $400,000 each
- Purpose Area 2 – Up to 28 awards of up to $150,000 each
- Purpose Area 3 – Up to 5 awards of up to $1,000,000 each
The SMART Office expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, with a start date of October 1, 2019.
Eligibility: Dependent upon purpose area, as follows:
- Purpose Area 1: Eligible applicants are limited to jurisdictions that are defined by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) as states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that are eligible to carry out the functions of SORNA and have elected to do so. Tribal applicants must demonstrate eligibility status by indicating that the tribe has elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA and has not delegated its duties since its election. Tribes that have elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA must submit the tribal resolution that documents the tribe’s election to do so. The Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes a list of federally recognized Indian tribes in the Federal Register.
- Purpose Area 2: Eligible applicants are limited to counties in states that the SMART Office has determined to have substantially implemented SORNA.
- Purpose Area 3: Eligible applicants are limited to states, the District of Columbia, and principal U.S. territories that are either currently utilizing SMART’s Sex Offender Registry Tool (SORT) as their sex offender registry or will do so if selected for this award.
For all purpose areas, the SMART Office will consider making prioritized funding awards to the following: 1) jurisdictions that have not previously received funding under this program; 2) state and territorial applicants (or their political subdivisions or units of local government) that have already implemented SORNA; 3) tribal applicants that have implemented SORNA, submitted a SORNA substantial implementation package to the SMART Office for review, or submitted a request for additional time to implement SORNA; or 4) tribal applicants that have not implemented SORNA, but whose SORNA registration activities have not been delegated to the state, if the funds are being used to move closer to substantial implementation.
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