DOJ OVW FY 2015 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

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

Description:

The OVW Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic
Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Transitional Housing Assistance Grant
Program), 42 U.S.C. § 13975, focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing
transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Awards made under
this grant program support programs that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic
violence, dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term
housing assistance, and related supportive services. Successful transitional housing programs
provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual
needs of victims and allow victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Transitional
housing programs may offer individualized services such as counseling, support groups, safety
planning, and advocacy services as well as practical services such as licensed child care,
employment services, transportation vouchers, and referrals to other agencies. Trained staff and
case managers may also be available to work with survivors to help them determine and reach
their goals for permanent housing.

In FY 2015, OVW will accept applications for the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program from the following:
New: applicants that have never received funding under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program.

Continuation: applicants who received funding under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program in FY 2012 or earlier are eligible to apply. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.

Grant recipients that received new or supplemental funding for 36 months in FY 2013 or FY 2014 are NOT eligible to apply.

Funding Title:    OVW Fiscal Year 2015 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

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

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes. ” the following activities can be supported only in limited circumstances:
6. Legal Services
Grant funds for legal services will be limited to those legal services that are necessary to a
victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to locate and
secure permanent housing, and to integrate into a community, such as legal services
regarding housing, protection orders, and limited immigration matters that may affect a
victim’s ability to obtain housing (such as U-visas). Funds under this grant program may
not be used for comprehensive, long-term legal assistance, such as divorce or child
custody.”

Target Population:    Victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking

Expected Number of Awards:     68

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 3, 2014

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to
Sharon Elliott at sharon.elliott@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:  Estimated total of $20,000,000.

Award Ceiling:      $350,000

Award Floor:    $0

Eligible Applicants:    Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and non-profit and nongovernmental organizations, including community-based organizations, that have a documented history of effective work concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and
stalking.

Priority Consideration: Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program applicants are encouraged to explore ways in which they will meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age), in a thoughtful and strategic way. Addressing this priority requires applicants to adequately identify the demographics of the specific, underserved populations within a proposed service area; identify the current availability and/or gaps in appropriate services to address the identified population(s); and,
succinctly describe gaps in service and how the proposed services will meet the needs of the
population(s) to be served.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:   

Current/Past Funding Recipients:

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:    http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/ovw/pages/attachments/2015/01/14/th-solicitation-finalv2.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-2015-4025. 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, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Housing, Immigration, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Tribal, Victims of Crime

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