DOJ Office on Violence Against Women – Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (FY 2015)

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

Description:

The Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), codified at 42 U.S.C. §14043g, and is the first federal funding stream dedicated solely to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. The SASP encompasses four different grant programs for the following entities: 1) states and territories; 2) tribes; 3) culturally specific organizations; and 4) state, territorial, and tribal sexual assault coalitions. Overall, the purpose of SASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (Tribal SAS Program) provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services. Tribal agencies, organizations, and nonprofits provide critical and culturally relevant services that are specifically responsive to the needs of sexual assault victims within tribal communities.

In FY 2015, funds under the Tribal SAS Program may be used for the following purposes:

1. To establish, maintain, and expand programs and projects in Indian tribal lands and Alaska Native villages to provide intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault.

Funding Title:    OVW Fiscal Year 2015 OVW Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

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

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:   Yes. “Core Services” in Advocacy are: “Education about medical options; Medical accompaniment and advocacy during forensic exam or other emergency care; Education about justice and safety options; 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.” “Comprehensive Services” are: “Medical accompaniment and advocacy provided for non-emergency medical services (e.g., OB/GYN care, dental care, etc.); Legal accompaniment and advocacy provided for civil law cases; Advocacy provided for other impacts on survivor (e.g., with employers, schools, etc.); Ongoing evaluation of advocacy needs and delivery”.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

Expected Number of Awards:Target Population:    Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault

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 3, 2015

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to Melissa.Schmisek@usdoj.gov 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:    $0

Eligible Applicants:  Applicants are limited to federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations.

Priority Consideration:  

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:    

Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2014

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:    http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/oppOVW-2015-4044-cfda16.017-cidOVW-2015-4044-instructions.pdf

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 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-2015-4044

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

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Categories: DOJ, Express Language for Legal Aid, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Tribal

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