Funding Available for VAWA Implementation Projects

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has limited funds available to support tribal projects seeking to implement the criminal jurisdiction provision of VAWA 2013. We anticipate funding 2 or 3 tribal projects, ranging from $20,000-$30,000. If your tribe is interested in applying for funds from NCAI, please submit a letter of interest that includes the information requested below by April 15, 2015.

NCAI is principally interested in funding projects that will result in models that can be shared with other tribes. In particular, we are interested in investing in tribal projects aimed at developing codes, policies, procedures, manuals, or training curricula for a tribe seeking to exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians pursuant to VAWA 2013.

Application Process

Interested tribes should send a letter via email to

The letter should:

  • Be no longer than 5 pages, not including the budget requested below;
  • Be submitted by the official tribal leader (Chief, Chairperson, Governor, President, etc);
  • Include a detailed description of the proposed project including:
    • A brief description of what will be done;
    • The overall budget for the project;
    • The amount of the investment sought from NCAI, not to exceed $30,000;
    • The timeline for completion of the project (priority will be given to projects that can be completed in 6 months-1 year); and
    • An explanation of how your project would be useful for other tribes who are implementing VAWA.

All application letters must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Tribes that receive funding will be asked to work with NCAI to document tribal efforts in order to share information with other interested tribes. If you have any questions, please contact me at, or 202-321-6515. Although we only have limited funding available at this time, we also plan to compile tribal requests for funding to demonstrate the need for additional funding, which we hope to secure in the near future.