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Grants to USA Tribes to Improve the Handling of Child Welfare Cases in Tribal Courts

Tribal Court Improvement Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.586
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-ACYF-CS-0053
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/15/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA Tribes to thoroughly evaluate the way child welfare cases are conducted in the tribal court system in order to improve outcomes. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to improve the handling of American Indian and Native Alaskan child welfare cases by tribal courts.

The goals and objectives of the Tribal Court Improvement Program (TCIP) are to:

  1. Conduct assessments of how tribal courts (including courts for tribal consortia) handle child welfare proceedings;
  2. Implement changes to address the results of court assessments;
  3. Ensure that the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of children are met in a timely and complete manner; and
  4. Improve the quality of court hearings and legal representation, including engagement of parties, continuously through training and efforts to increase substantive and procedural justice.

For a list of permissible program activities, see p. 5 of the FOA in Attached Files.

This NOFO is intended to help tribes or tribal consortia make improvements that will benefit children and families in their communities and generate knowledge that will be useful throughout the nation. To maximize the benefit of these grants, CB expects that information and knowledge generated by the projects and activities will be shared with the field and efforts will be made to integrate project knowledge and lessons learned into policy and practice. Grant recipients will be asked to share information about the overall structures of their courts to help other potential courts gauge potential lessons learned. Structures includes information like the models of representation and judicial practice. TCIP projects will work with CB to disseminate their individual project products and findings and work with the other TCIP projects to disseminate cross-grant products and findings, where applicable.


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is limited to Indian tribes or tribal consortia that:
1. Are operating an approved title IV-E program in accordance with section 479B of the Social Security Act (the Act) (42 U.S.C. 679c);
2. Plan to operate a title IV-E program and/or have received a Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grant (, as authorized by section 476 of the Act (42 U.S.C. 676); or
3. Have a court responsible for proceedings related to foster care or adoption.

Tribal governments that were awarded TCIP grants in prior years are eligible to compete for funding under this announcement.

Please note that definitions of Indian tribe and tribal organization are in section 428(c) of the Social Security Act and refer to subsections (e) and (l) of section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 USC 450b), respectively.

For further eligibility details, see p. 8 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Grant funds may not be used to hire attorneys or judges for regular client representation/on-the-bench judicial duties, fill vacant court personnel positions, or otherwise replace funding for tribal government positions.

For Funding Restrictions, see p. 34 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Application Information
All applications must be received by 11:59 pm ET on 06/15/2023.

Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and account to apply for grants.

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization’s registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entities ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $150,000 per budget period
- Award Floor: $50,000 per budget period

Term of Contract
- Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2023
- Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

The initial award will be for a 12-month budget period. Continuation beyond each 12-month budget period will be subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress on the part of the grant recipient, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Contact Information
Program Office Contact:
Scott Trowbridge
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
Children's Bureau
CB Operations Center, c/o LGC, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Administration
Office of Grants Management
CB Operations Center, c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

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