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SMART FY 2020 Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program

Grants to USA States, Tribes, and Counties
to Implement and Maintain Public Safety Registries

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)

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03/24/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA states, tribal governments, territories, and counties to develop and maintain public safety registries. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for a range of strategies and projects that assist jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requirements.

SORNA was enacted to provide a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting states, the District of Columbia, territories and certain federally recognized Indian tribes with implementation and ongoing maintenance of requirements under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, specifically Subtitle A of Title I of SORNA.

In FY 2020, OJP is supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given priority consideration:

  • Addressing the specific challenges that rural communities face.
  • Encouraging program investments in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

For all purpose areas, the SMART Office will consider making prioritized funding awards to the following: 1) jurisdictions that have not previously received funding under this program; 2) state and territorial applicants (or their political subdivisions or units of local government) that have already implemented SORNA; 3) tribal applicants that have implemented SORNA, submitted a SORNA substantial implementation package to the SMART Office for review or submitted a request for additional time to implement SORNA; or 4) tribal applicants that have not implemented SORNA, but whose SORNA registration activities have not been delegated to the state, if the funds are being used to move closer to substantial implementation. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 151790

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Purpose Area 1: Up to $400,000
- Purpose Area 2: Up to 150,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2020
- Period of performance duration: 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Purpose Area 1: Maintaining and Enhancing SORNA Substantial Implementation in States, Territories, and Tribal Jurisdictions

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- States
- The District of Columbia
- Principal U.S. territories
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments

Purpose Area 2: Support for SORNA Implementation in Counties
Counties in states that the SMART Office has determined to have substantially implemented SORNA.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 24, 2020.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct promptly any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
This solicitation does not require a match.

Prior to Registering in
- Acquire a D-U-N-S Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM - If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to 2 weeks to become active. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow 2 to 5 weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If the entity does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining the information from the Internal Revenue Service when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet. There is no fee associated with these processes. Additionally, these processes cannot be expedited. Once the SAM registration is active, the applicant will be able to complete the registration. The information transfer from SAM to can take as long as 48 hours. Therefore, OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035, at customer support webpage, or at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the SMART Office at 202-514-4689 or at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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