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OVC Support for Tribal Communities

OVC manages grants to improve services for victims of crime in Tribal communities through the following programs.

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside

Working in consultation with Tribal stakeholders, the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside grant program supports a wide range of activities including community planning, outreach, victim service program development and implementation, and more. From Fiscal Years 2018 through 2022, OVC awarded more than $450 million under this program.

U.S. Department of Justice’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

OVC supports victim services in Tribal communities through the following Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation purpose area: Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities. This program supports communities in developing, establishing, and operating programs that improve the investigation, prosecution, and handling of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, in a culturally appropriate and trauma-informed manner to lessen trauma for child victims.

Tribal Victim Services Training and Technical Assistance

OVC-funded Tribal Victim Services Training and Technical Assistance (T-VSTTA, pronounced t-vista) is a capacity-building program for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. T-VSTTA provides tailored, victim-centered, and trauma-informed training and technical assistance to grantees and potential grantees as they develop sustainable victim services programs.

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

Operated by OVC, the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center seeks to strengthen human trafficking victim services in Tribal Nations and Tribal-serving organizations by delivering free coaching and mentoring, and by providing a resource library.

The Center partners with Tribes in a collaborative and creative process to build their capacity to serve all victims of human trafficking. Through custom coaching, the Center helps Tribes build a community response, develop sustainment strategies, build capacity, and enhance victim services.

Tribal Access Program

The Tribal Access Program helps provide Tribes with access to national crime information systems for both criminal and non-criminal purposes.

OVC is one of the U.S. Department of Justice Program Offices that funds the Tribal Access Program. Under this program, OVC funds provide kiosks, software, and training; onboarding and vetting services; and deployment and ongoing support for Tribal nations to help protect crime victims.

Support for Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs

OVC funds Bureau of Indian Affairs programs that provide direct victim assistance and help ensure that all crime victims receive the services and referrals they need.

Community-Driven Responses to the Opioid Crisis

OVC awarded funds to multiple Tribes and Tribal organizations to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand on existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis. View OVC’s A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs to learn about the many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment.

Tribal Victim Assistance Micro-Grant Program

In an effort to address the barriers that prevent American Indian and Alaska Native victims from receiving services, OVC funded a cooperative agreement to enable the successful applicant to design, administer, and oversee a competitive Tribal victim assistance micro-grant program. In partnership with the National Congress of American Indians (serving the continental United States) and the Denali Commission (serving Alaska), millions of dollars in victim assistance micro-grants will be allocated to federally recognized Tribes under a competitive selection progress.

OVC Tribal Financial Management Center

The OVC Tribal Financial Management Center (OVC TFMC) provides data-informed, culturally humble, victim-centered training and technical assistance and resources to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities as they successfully manage the financial aspects of their federal awards.

OVC TFMC offers targeted virtual and onsite training and technical assistance, a Virtual Support Center, collaborative needs assessments, innovative programming and robust curriculum including Financial Policies and Procedures Guide Sheets to enhance existing financial management and support grantee award implementation. Available assistance spans the life cycle of an OJP award – from application preparation to award acceptance, and ultimately the effective financial implementation, management, and reporting. Financial Specialists are uniquely trained, and qualified to meet the diverse, and varied needs of Tribal grantees.

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Construction Project Management Technical Assistance

With funding from OVC, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Blue Trident, LLC provides construction project management assistance to grantees for Tribal victim services facility projects, including renovation, expansion, permanent modular, and new construction. Contact Megan Rhodus by email at [email protected] or phone at 619-847-0370 for more information and to access these services.

Comprehensive Environmental Compliance Support and Technical Assistance

Funded by OVC, National Institute of Justice, and Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Clark Group, LLC, provides comprehensive environmental compliance support and technical assistance to Tribal grantees. They assist with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and other environmental laws, regulations, and policies that must be addressed as a condition of the grant award.

Other Funding Opportunities

OVC periodically offers other funding opportunities for which Federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, and Tribal organizations and institutions may apply.

Date Modified: October 10, 2023
Date Created: May 20, 2020