Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program

To assist State, local, and tribal jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) under AWA.

In summary, SORNA requires: (1) all States, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S.


and federally recognized American Indian tribes to maintain a sex offender registry; and (2) sex offenders to register and maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the offender resides, is an employee, and is a student.

SORNA also sets forth requirements for sex offender registries, to include: specified required information, duration of registration, and in-person verification of sex offender identity as well as participation in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Web site.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

The Sex Offender Management Assistance grant funds must be used to assist jurisdictions in implementing requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Funds must be used to implement or enhance sex offender registration and tracking programs in jurisdictions for the purpose of substantial compliance with SORNA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, units of local government, and Federally recognized American Indian tribes who have elected to carry out the requirements of SORNA.

Only applicant jurisdictions that have the intention of substantially implementing the requirements of SORNA are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local and tribal government agencies that have sex offender registry and tracking responsibilities. Collaborative endeavors are permissible which can include public as well as private organizations.


The applicant must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including signed assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of the program, the implementation process, timetable for implementation, how the activities of the project will assist the jurisdiction in complying with SORNA.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted electronically at: Applications or supplemental materials received by facsimile or postal mail will not be accepted. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Generally awards will be made on a competitive basis with applications reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who will assess application submissions based on established criteria and forward a recommendation to the Director. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs has final approval authority. Grantees are notified by E-mail seven to ten days after Congress has been notified. Grantees must print award, have signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs by facsimile or mail.


See the program solicitation or contact the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, SMART Office, at (202) 514-4689, or by E-mail:


Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will generally be approved or denied within 180 days of receipt of a completed application.


Determined by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP.


Awards range from 12 to 18 months, unless otherwise noted.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants are discretionary and are awarded based on the merits of the application submitted to the SMART Office. A 25 percent match is required for this grant program, and the funding for this project may not exceed 75 percent. Contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds for each fiscal year will be awarded for a period of 12 to 18 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports and quarterly Financial Reports.


Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than nine months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least three years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $6,040,000; FY 08 $18,960,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies. Awards up to $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Guidance and Application Kit, and the OJP Financial Guide.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

SMART Office, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 514-4689.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

A review panel convened by the SMART Office will evaluate all applications on the basis of the following criteria: (1) the application identifies a problem that is consistent with the purposes of this initiative; (2) the application describes a project that effectively addresses the problem statement; (3) the implementation strategy, time line, and capability of the organization and staff are sound; (4) the application articulates clearly the jurisdiction's goals, outcomes, and objectives and describes the accountability system and performance measures to determine progress towards achieving them; (5) the project demonstrates meaningful attention to the safety of victims and the general public by supporting jurisdiction's efforts to substantially comply with SORNA thus ensuring sex offender registration and tracking; (8) the application identifies specific individuals, or a process to identify individuals, to serve as the Grant Manager/Grant Coordinator, and demonstrates the skills, roles, and involvement of these individuals; and (9) the budget is reasonable as it relates to project activities.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $50 million to support emergency efforts to contain the threat caused by Ebola in West Africa.

More Federal Domestic Assistance Programs

8(g) State Coastal Zone | Emergency Medical Services for Children | Research and Technology Development | Community Connect Grant Program | Rural Health Research Centers |  Site Style by YAML | | Grants | Grants News | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Edited by: Michael Saunders

© 2004-2024 Copyright Michael Saunders