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Grants to USA Tribes, Agencies, and Courts to Support Veterans Struggling with Addiction

Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.043
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171536
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/11/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 04/18/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories tribal governments, local and state governments, and courts for programs that support veterans struggling with addiction. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that enhance and implement the operations of veterans' treatment courts.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks applications for funding to plan, implement, and enhance veterans treatment court (VTC) services, including program coordination, management of veterans treatment court participants, ensuring fidelity to the model, and recovery support services. This program furthers the DOJ’s mission by providing resources to state, local, and federally recognized tribal governments to support treatment court programs and systems for eligible veterans in the criminal justice system who have substance use disorders, including stimulant and opioid use, and those at risk for overdose.

The focus of the Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program is to reduce the misuse of opioids, stimulants, and other substances by veterans involved in the criminal justice system. Recognizing the significant increase in overdose deaths and their public health impact, BJA also encourages applicants to focus on preventing overdoses and overdose deaths. In the proposal narrative, the applicant is required to describe a plan for veterans with substance use disorders (SUDs) to have access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in serving individuals with substance use disorders.

The FY 2023 VTC Discretionary Grant Program solicitation offers the following three grant categories:

  • Category 1: Planning and Implementation
  • Category 2: Enhancement
  • Category 3: Statewide

Further details on each category can be found at,

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

Priority Areas:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants for Categories 1 and 2:
City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Special district governments, State governments

For Category 3: Statewide, the following entities are eligible to apply:
- State agencies such as the State Administering Agency, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Substance Abuse Agency
- State criminal justice agencies and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use and/or mental health services, or related services, to veterans in the criminal justice system

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Award funds may not be used for the following:
- Prizes, rewards, entertainment, trinkets, or any other monetary incentives
- Client stipends
- Gift cards
- Vehicle purchases
- Food and beverages

Federal funds may also not be used for replacing (supplanting) nonfederal dollars that are appropriated for the same purpose.

Pre-Proposal Conference
On February 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET, BJA will hold a webinar to provide a detailed overview of this opportunity and answer questions.


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by April 11, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by April 18, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

BJA encourages webinar participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than February 15, 2023.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Category 1: 4 awards; Category 2: 14 awards; Category 3: 4 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
Dollar Amounts for Awards:
- $900,000 for Category 1: Planning and Implementation
- $950,000 for Category 2: Enhancement
- $2,500,000 for Category 3: Statewide

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23 12:00 AM

Period of Performance Duration: 48 months

Contact Information
Submit questions before the applicant webinar to with the subject as “Questions for BJA FY 2023 VTC Webinar.”

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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