DOJ – Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program (2015)

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 24, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


Survivors of sexual assault from culturally specific communities frequently confront unique and additional challenges, such as linguistic and cultural barriers, when seeking assistance. In order to provide the most appropriate services to such victims, the Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program (hereinafter referred to as the SAS Culturally Specific Program) targets nonprofit organizations that focus primarily on culturally specific communities and have experience in the area of sexual assault or who partner with an organization having such expertise. The goal of the SAS Culturally Specific Program is to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations, which are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims from culturally specific populations.

Funding Title: OVW Fiscal Year 2015 Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program

Agency Name: Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes, legal aid is listed under “Advocacy” as a core service: “Legal accompaniment and advocacy during reporting and through prosecution; Legal accompaniment and advocacy provided for securing orders of protection; Advocacy as requested by survivor for other basic needs”.

Target Population: Sexual assault victims from culturally specific populations

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Registration: To ensure all applicants have ample time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number, register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with immediately, but no later than February 3, 2015.

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to by February 3, 2015. This will ensure that applicants are well-positioned to successfully submit an application by the deadline. This letter will not obligate potential applicants to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Registration are still eligible to apply.

Current Closing Date for Applications: February 24, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern time

Estimated Total Program Funding: OVW estimates that it will make up to 9 awards for an estimated total of $2,700,000.

Award Ceiling:  $300,000

Award Floor: Not stated

Eligible Applicants: Eligible entities for this program are private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities:

1. American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.

Priority Consideration:    

OVW encourages applications that propose activities in the following area:

1. Increase support for underserved communities of color, in a culturally appropriate manner, with a special emphasis on Black/African-American communities.   

Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2014

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information:

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact OVW at (202) 307-6026.

In Fiscal Year 2015, OVW applications will be submitted through For technical assistance with, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726. Number assigned to announcement OVW-2015-4039

It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by September 30, 2015.

Categories: Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Native American, Native Americans, Non-profit Organizations, Victims of Crime

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