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U.S. Department of Justice: Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training, and Technical Assistance

Deadline: June 9, 2015

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) grants enhance tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems. Related objectives are to provide quality technical and legal assistance and to encourage collaboration among grantees, Indian tribes, and tribal justice communities to  enhance the provision of legal services in tribal justice systems.

There are three categories of grants:

  • Category 1: Applications are solicited to provide civil legal assistance services for members of Indian tribes pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems. These services may include guardian ad-litem appointments, court-appointed special advocates, and development and enhancement of tribal court policies, procedures, and code.
  • Category 2: Applications are solicited to provide criminal legal assistance services for low income individuals pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems. Services may include adult criminal actions, juvenile delinquency actions, and guardian ad-litem appointments arising out of criminal delinquency acts or development and development and enhancement of tribal court policies, procedures, and code.
  • Category 3: Resources will support the current TCCLA grantees and subgrantees and, as resources allow, non-Department of Justice grantees who are federally recognized Indian tribes or their tribal justice systems through training and technical assistance.

Amount: Amount varies by category:

  • Category 1: Up to $875,000 for a 24-month period.
  • Category 2: Up to $875,000 for a 24-month period.
  • Category 3: Up to $500,000 for a 24-month period.

Eligibility: Eligibility varies by category:

  • Categories 1 and 2: Non-profit organizations with IRS 501 (c)(3) status, including tribal enterprises and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities), that provide legal assistance services for members of federally recognized Indian tribes pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, Indian tribes, or tribal justice systems.
  • Category 3: National or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership or a membership section consists of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems.

Link: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/15TCCLAsol.pdf

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