APPLICATIONS DUE: February 19, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) (codified at 42 U.S.C. § 14045a). This program creates an opportunity for culturally specific community-based organizations to address the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers.
Advocates report that survivors are more inclined to seek services from organizations that are familiar with their culture, language and background and that there is no “one size fits all” approach to adequately address these critical needs. Culturally specific community-based organizations are more likely to understand the complex, multi-layered challenges and obstacles that victims from their communities face when attempting to access services. Culturally specific community-based organizations are also better equipped to form essential relationships and engage their communities in the creation and implementation of services relevant to the diverse and unique needs of the victims.
Funding Title: OVW Fiscal Year 2015 Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program
Agency Name: Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. “Examples of allowable activities include but are not limited to: crisis intervention, advocacy, individual and group counseling (including culturally specific groups incorporating crafts for example) for both victims as well as their children who are exposed to the violence, community education and outreach efforts, training for service providers, law enforcement, etc., emergency assistance for victims (food, clothing, rent, utilities and other approved necessities), job training, financial counseling, paying for interpreters and translators and legal assistance with protection orders and/or immigration remedies related to their victimization (U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, etc.).”
Target Population: Racial and ethnic communities: American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.
Expected Number of Awards: 20
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
How to Apply: 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 Grants.gov immediately, but no later than February 5, 2015.
Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to OVW.Cultural@usdoj.gov by February 5, 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 19, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern time
Estimated Total Program Funding: OVW estimates that it will make up to 20 awards for an estimated total of $6,000,000.
Award Ceiling: $300,000
Award Floor: $0
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 ofthe following racial and ethnic communities: American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.
Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration during the review process:
1. The development and/or enhancement of culturally specific services for victims of sexual violence; and/or
2. The development and/or enhancement of culturally specific services to victims from underserved Black/African-American communities.
Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2014
Samples of Successful Application:
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact OVW at (202) 307-6026.
In Fiscal Year 2015, OVW applications will be submitted through Grants.gov. For technical assistance with Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726.
Grants.gov Number assigned to announcement OVW-2015-4033.
It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by September 30, 2015.