2011 Application Process For Public Safety Funding For Tribal Communities – The Department of Justice today announced that it is accepting applications from American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities for funding to improve public safety in Indian country. The Justice Department’s grant-making components have created a streamlined approach for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 funding opportunities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) will serve as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CTAS grant-application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders, including sessions at the department’s Tribal Nations Listening Session in 2009, and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions. The FY 2011 solicitation includes revisions that will improve the award and application process, including a 90-day application period, closing April 21, 2011. Awards will be based upon available funding for FY 2011 and can be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder abuse victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes. Last year, CTAS provided more than $127 million to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities nationwide.