Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)-Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth Program

Website:   http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/ovwgrantprograms.htm

Agency:  U.S. Department of Justice

Program:  The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers 21 grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and subsequent legislation. These grant programs are designed to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable.

The Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth Grant Program will fund projects that design (or replicate) and implement programs and services-using established domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking intervention models-to respond to the needs of youth who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Funds must be used for providing direct counseling and advocacy; providing mental health services; providing legal advocacy efforts; and providing additional services and resources for youth, including childcare, transportation, educational support, and respite care.

Award:  Applicants should carefully consider the resources needed to successfully implement the project proposed and present a realistic budget that accurately reflects project costs. Youth Services Program funds for FY 2011 were awarded to selected applicants for up to $300,000. OVW has the discretion to make awards for greater or lesser amounts than requested. In addition, OVW may negotiate the scope of work and the budget with applicants prior to making the award. Awards will be made as cooperative agreements and will be divided into two phases: a planning phase and an implementation phase.

Express Language for Legal Aid:  In addition to legal advocacy efforts, grant funds may be used to provide legal representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in the context of protection order proceedings. Grant funds may not be used to provide legal representation in civil and criminal matters, such as family law cases (divorce, custody, visitation and child support), housing cases, child welfare, consumer law cases and others.

Participant Eligibility:  Eligible applicants include nonprofit, nongovernmental entities whose primary purpose is to provide services to teen and young adult victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; Community‐based organizations specializing in intervention or violence prevention services for youth; Indian Tribes or tribal organizations providing services primarily to tribal youth or tribal victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; or Nonprofit, nongovernmental entities providing services for runaway or homeless youth affected by domestic or sexual abuse.

Matching/Collaboration Requirements: Awards will be made as cooperative agreements. Eligible applications must include a nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking victim service organization as the lead applicant and/or a formal project partner. Eligible applications must include at least one partner, and should include agencies and organizations necessary to implement the proposed project.

Contact: Office on Violence Against Women, 145 N St., NE, Suite 10W.121 Washington, D.C. 20530.  Phone: 202-307-6026 Fax: 202-305-2589

 

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