Learn about grants and other funding opportunities developed by SAMHSA and its federal partners that can help tribes build a Tribal Action Plan (TAP).
The Tribal Action Plan (TAP) provides an opportunity for federally recognized tribes to take a proactive role in the fight against alcohol and substance abuse in their communities. The Inventory/Resources workgroup, acting under the Interagency Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee, prepared the following list of grants and funding opportunities to help communities tailor TAPs to their specific needs.
If you have never applied for a federal grant, you may have a number of questions about the process. The first step is to visit Grants.gov, your place for finding and applying for federal grants. It features a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help applicants. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov—an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
Other websites that can help you navigate the federal grant application process include:
- The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a list of all federal programs available to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. These programs are also available to public, quasi-public, private for-profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
- Benefits.gov, formerly GovBenefits.gov, aims to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing access to government benefit and assistance programs.
- The Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT) Version 3.0 at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is an online database that contains information about federally recognized tribes and their geographic areas of current and ancestral interest. It links tribes’ areas of interest down to the county level. The tool also lists names and contact information for tribal leaders and tribal historic preservation officers. Users can query the database by street address, county, state, and tribe. Information generated from TDAT can be exported in spreadsheet format for use in other programs. The TDAT Version 3.0 User Manual (PDF | 2.2 MB) provides users with assistance in using the database.
- The Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System (TCOTS) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publicizes upcoming and current EPA consultation opportunities for tribal governments. TCOTS allows users to view and sort information, and to submit comments on a tribal consultation.
- The White House website provides a page of resources within federal agencies that focus on American Indian and Alaska Native affairs.
Federal Business Opportunities, or FedBizOpps.gov, posts all federal procurement opportunities valued at more than $25,000. Think of it as the federal government’s proposal central. The website’s sophisticated search engine can find more than 40,000 immediate Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities, as well as archived RFPs. It also lists possible future federal contract opportunities and all General Service Administration (GSA) schedule solicitations.
HHS Funding Opportunities
HHS Application Assistance
HHS has a number of websites dedicated to helping you prepare for the application process, including the following:
- The Tribal Affairs component of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs serves as the official first point of contact for tribes, tribal governments, and tribal organizations wishing to access HHS funding opportunities.
- The Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS) is a robust reporting tool developed by the HHS Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability. The TAGGS database is a central repository for grants awarded by the 11 HHS Operating Divisions. TAGGS tracks obligated grant funds at the transaction level.
- The HHS Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by HHS agencies. Each forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations. When funding is available and an agency is ready to accept applications, it will issue an official notice, known as a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which will be available on Grants.gov. The NOFO provides guidance on how to receive an application kit and instructions on how to apply.
The following are additional HHS resources to help you better understand the HHS grant process:
- Tips for Preparing Grant Proposals
- HHS Grant Information and Administrative Tools
- HHS Grant Process
- Responsibilities of the HHS Office of Grants Policy, Oversight, and Evaluation
Funding Opportunities by HHS Operating Divisions
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) funding opportunities promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities through a range of educational and supportive programs in partnership with states, tribes, and community groups.
- Administration for Community Living (ACL) funding opportunities aim to increase access to community support and resources for older adults and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funding opportunities support research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to essential services.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) funding opportunities aim to help prevent exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment that can cause adverse health effects in people.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding opportunities aim to protect public health by providing leadership and direction in the prevention of and control of diseases and other preventable conditions, and responding to public health emergencies.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funding opportunities are designed to ensure that food is safe, pure, and wholesome; human and animal drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding opportunities aim to improve and expand health care services for underserved people.
- Indian Health Service (IHS) funding opportunities are designed to provide a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives, with opportunities for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities support behavioral health research domestically and abroad and promote acquisition and distribution of medical knowledge.
- SAMHSA grants support programs designed to prevent and treat mental and/or substance use disorders. They also aim to improve access and reduce barriers to high-quality health care for individuals who experience or are at risk for these disorders, as well as for their families and communities.
Department of the Interior (DOI) Funding Opportunities
Department of Justice (DOJ) Funding Opportunities
DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides information on its funding programs and the five stages of the grant-making process at its Grants 101 overview.
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Grant Process
In Fiscal Year 2010, DOJ launched its Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). This effort responded to concerns raised by tribal leaders that DOJ’s grant process was not flexible enough to allow them to address their communities’ criminal justice and public safety needs.
Through CTAS, federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia are able to submit a single application for most of the department’s tribal grant programs. DOJ designed this comprehensive approach to save time and resources and allow tribes and the department to gain a better understanding of the tribes’ overall public safety needs. DOJ has two primary goals in mind with this program: increasing access and streamlining the grant process.
Each year, CTAS reflects improvements and refinements from earlier versions. Tribal applicants and grantees provide feedback through consultations and listening sessions, using a specially developed assessment tool about the application experience and written comments from applicants and grantees.
Under CTAS, a tribe or tribal consortium may submit a single application and select from the various competitive grant programs referred to as purpose areas. This approach allows DOJ’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal community’s overall public safety needs. The nine CTAS purpose areas, and the DOJ operating division that manages them, include:
- Public Safety and Community Policing, managed by the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) (PDF | 335 KB)
- Justice Systems, and Alcohol and Substance Abuse, managed by Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
- Corrections and Correctional Alternatives, managed by BJA
- Violence Against Women, managed by the Office on Violence Against Women
- Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program, managed by Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
- Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, managed by OVC
- Comprehensive Planning Demonstration Project, managed by BJA
- Tribal Youth Program, managed by OJJDP
Learn more about grants and funding for the following COPS programs:
- The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is designed to expand the implementation of community policing and meet the most serious needs of law enforcement in tribal communities through a broadened comprehensive program. The funding can be used to hire or re-hire career law enforcement officers and village public safety officers and to purchase basic equipment or provide training to assist in the initiation or enhancement of tribal community policing efforts.
- Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants aim to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and national best practices.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provides training to BIA and tribal law enforcement officers to better conduct investigations of Indian country crime.
- The Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods [PSN]), a partnership of BJA and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. The program’s effectiveness is based on the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. attorney in each district. The U.S. attorney is responsible for establishing a collaborative PSN task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement and other community members to implement gang and gun crime enforcement, intervention, and prevention initiatives within the district. Through the PSN task force, the U.S. attorney implements the five design features of PSN: partnerships; strategic planning, research integration, and crime analysis; training; outreach; and accountability. This approach addresses specific gun crime and gang violence in the most violent neighborhoods. Access the Fiscal Year 2018 PSN Competitive Grant Announcement (PDF | 1 MB).
Learn more about these and other current BJA funding opportunities:
- Fiscal Year 2019 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program Competitive Grant Announcement (PDF | 380 KB)
- The Smart Prosecution Initiative (SPI) assists state and local jurisdictions in preventing and reducing crime. It is designed to promote effective data-driven, research-based approaches to prosecution and prosecutor-led justice systems innovations and reforms. Access the Fiscal Year 2017 SPI Competitive Grant Announcement (PDF | 228 KB).
- The Justice Information Sharing Solutions (JIS) Implementation Program assists state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system through more effective information sharing; multi-agency collaboration; and implementation of data-driven, evidence-based strategies. Access the Fiscal Year 2018 JIS Competitive Grant Announcement (PDF | 428 KB).
- The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program supports BJA funding of entities that plan and implement place-based, community-oriented strategies to address targeted crime issues within a neighborhood as a part of a broader neighborhood revitalization initiative. BCJI resources will target hot spots of crime where a significant proportion of crime occurs as compared to the overall jurisdiction. BCJI leads efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant crime issues through collaborative, cross-sector approaches that help advance broader neighborhood development goals. Access the Fiscal Year 2018 BCJI Competitive Grant Announcement (PDF | 383 KB).
- The Tribal Courts Assistance Program and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program assists tribal governments in the development, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal judicial systems, including inter-tribal court systems. Access the Fiscal Year 2014 CTAS Fact Sheet (PDF | 139 KB) to learn more about these programs.
- The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, a collaboration of BJA and OJJDP, provides financial and technical assistance to help develop and implement drug courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders.
Learn more about these and other current BJA funding opportunities:
- The Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) seeks to improve probation and parole success rates, which would in turn improve public safety, reduce admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. Funds can be used to implement evidence-based supervision strategies and to innovate new strategies to improve outcomes for supervisees. This program is funded under the Second Chance Act appropriation. Signed into law on April 9, 2008, the Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199) (PDF | 221 KB) was designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. This first-of-its-kind legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services that can help reduce recidivism. Access the Fiscal Year 2014 SSP Competitive Grant Announcement (PDF | 191 KB).
- The Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP) (PDF | 519 KB) provides resources to allow eligible American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages to build correctional facilities on tribal lands, with consideration given to the detention bed space needs and the violent crime statistics of the applicant tribe or village.
- The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities aims to assist facilities in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement facilities. Access the Fiscal Year 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement for the PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities (PDF | 220 KB).
Learn more about these and other Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) grant programs:
- The Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program aims to enhance the ability of tribes to respond to violent crimes against Indian women, enhance victim safety, and develop education and prevention strategies.
- The STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants are designed to help grantees develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women, and develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving crimes against women.
- Violence Against Women Act Court Training and Improvement Grants aim to improve court responses to adult and youth domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- The Engaging Men and Youth in Preventing Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program supports the development or enhancement of programs related to engaging men and youth in preventing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by helping them to develop mutually respectful, nonviolent relationships.
- The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)‐Cultural supports victims of sexual assault in tribal communities and culturally and linguistically specific communities, respectively.
- The Education, Training, and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant Program is designed to provide training, consultation, and information on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault against individuals with disabilities and to provide direct services to such individuals.
- The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest Program) is a discretionary grant program designed to encourage state, local, and tribal governments and courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system.
- The Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program is a discretionary grant program designed to enhance services available for child, youth, and adult victims in rural communities by encouraging community involvement in developing a coordinated response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- The Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program aims to reduce barriers to assistance for people 50 years of age or older who are victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The program, created by Congress, is also designed to assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking within the same age group.
- The Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program is a discretionary grant program that helps create safe places for visitation with and exchange of children in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.
- OVW grant programs fund efforts that aim to provide transitional housing assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault. These funds also provide related support services to minors, adults, and their dependents who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance as a result of fleeing a situation of violence, stalking, or assault.
- OVW grant programs also fund legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in matters arising from the abuse or violence.
- DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provides victim assistance in the form of grants and funding. For instance, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) formula grants for crime victim compensation are awarded to every state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. These grants supplement state funds that reimburse victims for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the crime.
- Other OVC grants and funding include discretionary grants for national-scope demonstration projects and training and technical assistance delivery to enhance the professional expertise of victim service providers. Such grants can be awarded to states, local units of government, tribal communities, individuals, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations to identify and implement promising practices, models, and programs. They can also be used to address gaps in training and technical assistance for the victim services field.
- The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) within DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs funds the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program to assist jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs designed to implement requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
- OVW grant programs fund efforts that aim to provide services for children and youth exposed to violence. This includes services for children exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and may include direct counseling, advocacy, or mentoring, and must include support for the non-abusing parent or the child's caretaker. Applicable services may also include training, coordination, and advocacy for programs that serve children and youth (such as Head Start, child care, and after-school programs) on how to safely and confidentially identify children and families experiencing domestic violence and properly refer them to programs that can provide direct services to the family and children.
- OJJDP provides Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Program Support to state and regional ICAC task forces. Funding under this effort aims to develop a collaborative, national network of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies that prevent, interdict, and investigate technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children.