Access answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to different aspects of the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program:
No, an organization may not submit more than one proposal or application under one category. However, that organization can be a subgrantee of another organization that submits an application.
An allowable cost is a cost that is necessary for a project. The cost must support the strategies and approaches outlined in the project design. Unallowable costs are costs the government is unwilling to pay as a direct charge or through an indirect cost pool applied to the federal grant or contract. A grantee is not prohibited from incurring unallowable costs but they cannot be recovered either directly or indirectly under federal grants or contracts. Examples of unallowable costs are:
- Food and beverage costs
- Contracts over $150,000 that are not competed
- Consultant rates exceeding $650 per day
For more information, see the OJP Financial Guide.
Yes, the applicant must propose to use the entire 24-month program period. The Budget Detail Worksheet and the Budget Narrative are now combined in a single document, collectively referred to as the “Budget Detail Worksheet.” All applicants should use the Excel version when completing the proposed budget, except in cases where the applicant does not have access to Microsoft Excel or experiences technical difficulties, in which case they can use the 508-compliant accessible Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) version. Access both versions of the Budget Detail Worksheet.
Public charities, defined by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including tribal nonprofit organizations, tribal enterprises, and education institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities) with experience providing legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of Interior), or tribal justice systems are eligible for Category 1. Federal poverty guidelines are updated every year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. Nonprofits are required to submit verification of their 501(c)(3) status with their applications. Other eligible entities are encouraged to submit verification of their entities’ status.